I have a break right now from school, which is part of why I finally had time to hunker down and do all the forum upgrade work. I wanted to make sure I could dedicate a solid block of time to it to get it all done properly.
I start up again in January with my "winter session" of four classes. Then after that I only have 3 more classes in the spring and I graduate! I'm so thrilled. I have wanted for so long to earn this degree. The material I'm learning is incredibly valuable - lots of detail about communicating with other cultures, managing change, and so on. The classes have been incredibly helpful and useful.
I remember getting near the end when I would graduate from college and looking to the future and new employment opportunities that awaited me. Looking back now the journey was far better than the destination.
After I graduated with honors, I was approached by 3 different criminal law firms and I chose one to work for after school was over. I soon found the work so distasteful and I hated my job. Going to work day after day to help find a way to get criminals found not guilty or plead down was a moral dilemma for me.
I tried corporate work and was bored to death, then I tried injury claims and felt like I was part of the problem with the law.
I bought a farm and never looked back. I always wanted to work for the county prosecutor but they never seemed to hire and do not have any funds to hire. Most municipalities are broke. Just recently I have pondered working for the county prosecutor for free as volunteer work, maybe as a victim advocate.
I hope you find your calling Lisa and your profession gives you fulfillment and much joy. I do not regret my education but maybe regret the profession I chose a little bit.
That must have been incredibly frustrating! I definitely agree whole-heartedly that life is too short for a person to spend it doing something they hate. Each of us should find something we adore and do it with all our heart.
I do already have my calling . I absolutely adore running BellaOnline and my other websites. I love waking up every morning and doing this. The courses were on managing change, inter-cultural communication, statistics, and other things which help me run my websites even more efficiently. Each class I took could directly be applied to make my projects run better. I am extremely happy with the program .
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That post by Tess is one of the most inherently similar stories that I have ever heard! After twenty years of working for power generation I too realized that the work I was doing "felt like I was part of the problem". It was part of my job to tune combustion systems on boilers and the highest efficiency that I ever saw was around forty percent so you can imagine all of the energy that escapes into the atmosphere, rivers and earth. It's this energy, in the form of heat, alongside the caustic air pollution, which is emitted by the ton, that is killing our world.
Once you make the realization that your profession is eventually going to help kill millions of people it is very hard to subscribe to the propaganda of it. After ten years of working for the same utility I told my boss to go to hell - Needless to say they did not take it too well.
My wife and I have been scraping by every since but I think we both have a renewed idea of our role in life.
"Nowadays, people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing." - Oscar Wilde
sometimes it takes seeing the actual hyprocracy that goes on behind the scenes of the legal system (to name only one area) and like tess, i too had to leave if i was to keep my own morals and ethics and not bend to the corruption behind the scenes from top to bottom...
i saw all that time spent in getting my college education a waste and it started to hit as early as one month after graduation and getting into the actual real world of law.
It was then i got my real education.
and Judge Judy should be removed from ever practicing law again for what she did...but that is another discussion i guess and so i will not go there.
Just think how much better our America would be if the Congress wasn't made up of lawyers. They insist on writing laws with gray areas and loop holes to self serve the legal profession with challenges and law suits.
Make my day to hear a boat full of lawyers just sank. I would take a used car salesman over a lawyer anytime. At least with a used car salesman you know what to expect, but lawyers are just plain scoundrels.
I know many people who gave up a salary in order to be more happy with what they were doing. I think it's so important to be "content" with what you do in life. Money isn't everything. I'm on an extremely tight budget right now, especially compared with the very good money I used to make as a database developer. But I am so much happier, even if we have to save our pennies.