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I'm having a crisis again, as usual.<br><br><br><br>
I have about a year or so left before I finish university, and I'm starting to wonder what the hell to do as a career once I'm out.<br><br><br><br>
I wanted to go on to further schooling before, but now I'm getting damned sick of it, and the idea of 2 years of MAsters work followed by no job, or 4 years of law school followed by (you got it) no job, seems far less appealing of late.<br><br><br><br>
I don't mind going back to school for a bit longer, but something that has a light at the end of a tunnel- like a year long program, or something which compliments the University Education I already have.<br><br><br><br>
I'm getting antsy for a 'career', ($$!), or at least a more respectable part-time gig.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
One thing I'm seriously considering is becoming a Doula: a woman who provides support to the mother and family before, during and after childbirth.<br><br><br><br>
One drawback I see to this is that I can't find any good figures on income... and shallow as it is, I'd prefer to do something fairly lucritive. I think if I were full-time and really networked, I'd be great at it, and have a lot of work... but I don't have the slightest clue what is reasonable to expect in terms of $$.<br><br><br><br>
(Option 2 is I can become certified now, and do it part time while I finish up the rest of my studies, and see how it goes in the meantime.)<br><br><br><br>
OTher options I'm considering is teaching, but that's another that keeps you rather far down at the ramen noodles side of things- but then again, I might really enjoy it.<br><br><br><br>
I also considered taking the real estate exams and starting that up, but there are also tons of people doing that lately, and thus not a ton of extra work for me.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
The other thing I guess there is to consider it that the baby boomers are beginning to move aside now, so maybe I shouldn't worry too much about job availability, as there will be much more work for me soon??<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Anyone have any suggestions for me? I am completing a B.A. w/honours in Anthropology, and a major in Music. I work with the Hearing Impaired (and love it!) as basically a real-time captioner, but am not sure I can turn my company into a full-time thing there either...<br><br><br><br>
Other interests: music, sailing, kids, etc...<br><br><br><br>
BAh! I dunno what to do! (And if I hear my mother ask ONE MORE TIME "What are you going to do after THAT??"... or - "So, you're changing your mind AGAIN??"......... !!!!!!!!! )
 

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Avalon, living in the province of Quebec, I assume you have been exposed to the French language. I am unsure if you are fluent or not, but perhaps you could take a year or so of Spanish and German, and combined with French and English, you could likely find work over in Ottawa as an International Interpreter. I understand that a job in the government there pays pretty nicely.<br><br><br><br>
Of course, you'd have to invest in some sort of rubber suit to shield you from the slime they spew. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I dunno if I could work as an interpreter! I do text interpreting, but that's easy... language interpreting is harder! The words switch, etc... I think you have to have 4 year translation degrees for that... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br><br><br>
I wouldn't mind a government job though... cushy. ('Cept the census- don't EVER agree to do that, even if you're broke!!)
 

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Well, you already have an advantage over a lot of other Canadians in that you know French/English. That is usually a pre-requisite now for a lot of Government jobs.<br><br><br><br>
Have you considered writing the "Public Service" examination? I'm not sure P.Q. offers such a thing, but I assume they would.
 

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Music Therapy. If you haven't heard of this its really quite amazing. You would have to further your education and would have to do so in a university that has a program in it. There are only a handful in the states. If I wern't a composer I would do music therapy. I am also in your same situation though I can't decide what to do after I graduate next year. I am going to send applications to grad. schools including a film music instutitue as SCU. But I am considering going out on a real dangerous limb and trying my luck in hollywood. Am I crazy?
 

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Just a suggestion from the would be midwife.... if you are really into the pregnancy/birth/woman thing, you might also enjoy being a lactation consultant or a childbirth educator or a lamaze instructor (although I doubt you'll be rolling in the money with the last one)<br><br><br><br>
Have you ever investigated speech pathology?<br><br><br><br>
Also to keep in mind- teachers college in Ontario is only 1 year- if you aren't sure what you want to do for good, but are interested in doing something with kids, it may be good to get your B Ed. I've heard that having that extra degree helps when applying to other professional programs (ie. law) and being a teacher even for a few years may be cool. And it would give you more credentials for other jobs that may involve kids.
 

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I heard selling dime bags can be fairly lucrative...oh, wait, that wasn't an option. Never mind!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:">
 

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LOL- Actually, I really wanted to be a teacher for the hearing impaired, but a) schooling for that is another long stint, b) Schooling for that is only available far away, c) I like SIGNING and there is only one signing school in the Montreal area.<br><br><br><br>
I used to want to move away from here, and of course still do, but not without my man- and his Telecom company is not that mobile!!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
I think it IS possible to get a teacher's certificate here in a year- that's what my old music teacher said... I have yet to figure out how though. All I get in Google searches is info from the universities who want 4 years of your money, not 1!<br><br><br><br>
I did have a slightly better day today though, and my favourite teacher re-inspired me a little bit by the end of it...<br><br><br><br>
My mother (surprise of surprises!) was actually quite supportive too: Instead of: "What the hell are you going to do after you graduate" she said: "You know, there is no reason you can't work towards your goals in steps. If you need to take time to work before going on to masters degree, or further steps in the chain, then there's nothing wrong with that. Consider it an end goal- don't expect your PhD next month!"<br><br><br><br>
That REALLY made me feel better, cause she's a large source of my guilt over 'not being there yet' and having spent time on other pursuits in the past.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
ALSO: VP! Are you pursuing midwifery?? If so, I'm SOOO jealous!!
 

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what about being a social worker for kids with disabilities and their families? you'd get to help kids learn to socialize and help their families understand how they can support the kids and learn to cope with their disabilities. maybe there's some kind of niche out there for someone who can specialize in hearing impaired kids<br><br><br><br>
social workers have long crazy hours, but i think it'd be worth it
 

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Avalon, here in Nova Scotia there's a thing called the Public Service exam. They have periodic testing and you can register for it. When it comes in your area, you can enroll (free) to write it.<br><br><br><br>
It's a general exam given as part of pre-requisite requirements in order to apply to civil service positions with the Gov't as they become available.<br><br><br><br>
It has stuff like math, and problem solving skill questions. It's time limited and, heh, you're not allowed calculators or the use of scrap paper, etc. It's designed to test your ability to solve problems "on the fly", in your head.<br><br><br><br>
I have no idea how it works in P.Q., but for reference you can check out the various ones administered in Nova Scotia:<br><br><a href="http://jobs.gc.ca/menu/ui_examinfo_e.htm" target="_blank">http://jobs.gc.ca/menu/ui_examinfo_e.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
You should call your local Public Service Commission of Canada office and inquire.
 

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I've been thinking about that, actually LF. It might be a good choice, I think. There also seem to be lots of openings for social workers...<br><br><br><br>
My friend is a social worker- I will ask her about it.<br><br><br><br>
I want something that I can complete in a shorter amount of time, because of the degree I already have. Maybe I could do that in 2 years or something...<br><br><br><br>
I'll call Lisa.<br><br><br><br>
Robert: cool idea. I will check it out!
 

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Maybe you could be a translator for midwives of immigrants?
 

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OH! I think I have direction!!<br><br><br><br>
I'm so happy.<br><br><br><br>
I have investigated some options, and there is a 'Special Bachelors of Social Work' offered at McGill University (where my good friend Lisa got her B.S.W and Masters, and is thus a good reference) specifically for people who already have a B.A. in another discipline.<br><br><br><br>
It's a 14 month program (complete with practicums in the field) and I think it would be perfect for me!<br><br><br><br>
It will support my previous academic pursuits, without negating them, and continues to allow me to build experience towards international and domestic social development jobs and human rights applications, (i.e. I could still easily continue on to a Masters in Anthro or International Development later on). Also, it has potential, career wise, for me to work in areas I already love and enjoy, without limiting my scope:<br><br><br><br>
for example, at the Mackay center there is a social worker who works with parents of the deaf children in helping them communicate and function together as a family, etc, and there are many social workers helping in birth centers and hospitals with young mothers, or other similar applications.<br><br><br><br>
Not only that, but in my recent job searches I noticed a large number of people looking for social workers to head some neat projects at CLSC's (health centers) and other institutions, so it looks like I'd be able to find work, which I also consider important.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks for your help, everyone. I was really feeling awful these past few days, having lost my direction. You're all such a big help.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Does anyone know people working in Social Work, and have any stories to share? Do you know much about it?
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by skylark</i><br><br><b>Maybe you could be a translator for midwives of immigrants?</b></div>
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Yeah, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> or an interpreter for midwives of Deaf couples- just so I'd have a TON of work available!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
That's getting closer to what I wanted to be when I was a kid though, lol:<br><br><br><br>
"A flying-doctor-ballerina-teacher-singer-vet".<br><br>
(Ahhh Avalon, ever the multi-tasker... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">)
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Avalon</i><br><br><b>Does anyone know people working in Social Work, and have any stories to share? Do you know much about it?</b></div>
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Actually, one of very good friends is a Social Worker (Masters degree) living in Montreal. He attended university here, Montreal and UBC. But decided on a practice right there in Montreal and now lives there permanently with his wife.<br><br><br><br>
He seems to truly love the work, a lot. He's also producing a pretty extensive website with respect to psychology. Anyway, you could always talk to him directly if you like, I'm sure he'd love to tell anyone who'll listen about the work.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and you might wanna talk to FemmeD <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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cool, glad you've got something sorta figured out.<br><br><br><br>
let us know what you find out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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