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#1 +giantsnyy

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 00:58

So last week I turned 26. I've been stuck working for a moderately large company of sorts here on the east coast with incredibly long hours and headaches with a very low salary to match. Two weeks ago, our area was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The owners and COO of our company decided it would be a fantastic idea to lay every one off for two weeks, providing no disaster assistance (not even to charity) or the ability to use our vacation time as pay. The competing company down the road (which is just as large as we are, if not larger) decided it would be an even better idea to help their employees, giving them a place to stay (air mattresses and food included), gas in their cars and bonuses in addition to their weekly salary.

I was on vacation last week (unpaid, since i'm not allowed to use my vacation time even though it's been pre-approved) and I did a lot of thinking. I was out in Vegas, and I stopped by the Bodies exhibit at the Luxor. Medicine and human health has always been an interest of mine, and my ex having been a doctor gave me even more of an insight on the field. The exhibit changed my mind forever. As I found out friday I wouldn't get paid AT ALL even though I was required to show up the prior week, and that my vacation would be unpaid, I made a decision to change the rest of my life.

I'm going to stay on part time, so I have some cash income, but I'm going to start college all over again, this time pre-med, then continue into Med School. Surprisingly, I've never been happier and more focused on anything in my entire life.

I have no doubts, but there are people I know that are doubting it, and doubting my motives (i.e. one person said i'm doing it to impress my ex... she doesn't even know). I know how tough its going to be... between the schooling and the residency after school, but I'm willing to put 110% of my life into it.

What do you guys think? Is it the right decision?

Edit: Please don't ask me what the company name is... I refuse to tell anyone. I won't damage the reputation of the company since it's employees are absolutely amazing, from all the way at the bottom to the corporate offices and vice presidents. The awesomeness stops at the very top with the COO and owner.


#2 +Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:06

I for one, think it's never a bad idea to further your education. It sounds like you have it all sorted out to your lifestyle, so I can't disagree, especially with something like that happening! If you have a better opportunity to take an even better paid path, why not jump on it as quickly as you can, right? I don't think you made the wrong decision. You obviously have the brains for it, so I say, go ahead! How is bettering your life/career path going to hurt in any way? Plus, on the flip side, we can all call you "Dr. Giantsnyy" here on the forums, lol! Okay, that was a lame joke, but still, imagine...being able to call yourself "Dr. (insert your real name here)....isn't that awesome! Shoot for the stars my man! I have faith in you! (Y)

#3 Dot Matrix

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:07

I'd say go for it. You're young enough. :)

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:08

Haha I like your edit.

Anyways, it's great seeing people doing something they love for a living, it really doesn't matter what it is.

I've seen a lot of topics online stating why their job sucks and why they need to work on Wall Street to be happy. I just want to say that it's untrue. Someone that works as a janitor at a school could be so much more happy than someone working on Wall Street. Ever since I was very little, I wanted to be a bus driver as well as a tow truck driver. I've always loved that job and I still do. But I chose computers over being a tow truck driver or a bus driver.

Also, when I was in high school, I had a janitor that was super nice, probably the nicest janitor I've ever met. And let me tell you something. The smile on his face everyday showed 101% how much he liked his job. And when I say that, I mean he LOVED his job.

So the moral of this? It doesn't really matter where you work and what job you do but as long as you're happy with it, it's all that matters.

Sorry about what I just wrote... lol I just felt like I needed to add that.

#5 Simon-

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:12

So not necessarily that IT is bad, it's that the company you have been working for is bad. It would be interesting how an IT approach to troubleshooting would work on a human body :)

#6 vetAndrew Lyle

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:48

That's awesome! Good luck!

#7 ahhell

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:53

Take a trade or something. IT ****ing sucks. It's probably the most thankless industry to work in. No matter where you work, you are always seen as an expense.

If I was a bit younger/could afford to go back to school, I'd be a carpenter or something.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:03

I work 3 jobs so im too busy to be that emotional... i would love to get into retouching and graphics full time, however that market is too saturated and the payoff is meh. since styles change too often. It's sad, as I am awesome at it but it's very hard to find good clients to deal with.

so i do retail data work, networking, and server admin/forum services

#9 Jose_49

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:07

Read Rich dad poor Dad by Robert L. Kiyosaki... great book

#10 Nick H.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:09

So not necessarily that IT is bad, it's that the company you have been working for is bad. It would be interesting how an IT approach to troubleshooting would work on a human body :)

"Patient is complaining of a chesty cough, including an abnormal amount of mucus and chest pains."
"Have you tried turning him off and on again?"

Maybe an IT guy would be more suited for heart surgery in that situation...

EDIT: Completely forgot to congratulate +giantsnyy on the decision! It's always good when someone isn't happy with their situation and so they actively try to change it. (Y)

#11 Nothing Here

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:17

"Patient is complaining of a chesty cough, including an abnormal amount of mucus and chest pains."
"Have you tried turning him off and on again?"

Maybe an IT guy would be more suited for heart surgery in that situation...

EDIT: Completely forgot to congratulate +giantsnyy on the decision! It's always good when someone isn't happy with their situation and so they actively try to change it. (Y)


I would have thought an IT person would have been more suited for brain surgery. Congratz on the change. I hope it works out. It's a bit rough switching like that, but your young enough.

#12 Ryan Hoffman

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:18

Just so you know OP, you qualify for New York State Disaster Assistance Unemployment. Ring them up and get some cash.

All the good details: http://www.labor.ny....assistance.shtm

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:19

I'm in a similar situation, if sou want to have a chat about it, PM me and we can chat there or in a messenger or something.

It's good to hear another person is in such a situation.
I know it made and still makes me sick feeling lost in what I do right now, even though it's just college, but in principle, everything applies to me as well. :)

Art for me by the way. :)

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#14 briangw

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:32

I say go for it. I started out in Public Health and not being able to find a job in it, I went into IT because I loved computers. Every now and then, I think "what if I tried to stay just to find something" but decided that I am happy with where I'm at even if it's sometimes a "thankless job." You got to do what makes you happy and this sounds like a great move!

#15 Teebor

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:48

Good on you!

Sometimes its good to make a massive difference, I did it once in the past when I went from working in IT to working in a Casino. I loved it and I still miss doing it today but there is no money in it and due to several reasons I had to move to be closer to my family and went back in to IT again. But I certainly don't regret making the change.

So go for it and don't let anyone put you down about it or try to hold you back. Remember if there are people who laugh at you about it or try to take the **** it because they are actually jealous and don't have the strength to make the decision you have to change your life



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