Hey- from someone who's done it. Don't choose a career path because it makes sense. Choose one you like and are good at and want to do the rest of your life. This may take volunteer work; or more schooling (good time for that) but life has it's ups and downs, your councilor answered your question but gave you bad advice. Good luck
Post by danthetimid on Oct 28, 2009 17:36:47 GMT -5
Well to be fair, entering college like most people I didn't really know what I was good at or enjoyed doing, so it was kind of like "if I'm going to take a shot in the dark, might as well take one that makes sense". I've always been good with computers and sort of the go-to-guy in my family and the neighborhoods I live in for IT help, so the computer science suggestion seemed reasonable enough, plus I've also always been complimented on my story writing skills and programming has some similarities to writing a story, though much of it is a story only the computer and programmers that examine your code will ever truly read. Whats more, during the first year or two when I could have still switched majors, I had gotten great grades in my computer science courses, had enjoyed them, and had gotten high praise from my professors as well. Overall there was never really any reason to doubt as to whether or not this is a field I could be "good at".
But the thing is, there are some professions that just being good isn't good enough, your either the best, or your starving on the street using your degree as a makeshift umbrella from the rain. Fiction writing for instance. If I was to choose my profession purely on what I enjoy doing, I'd have gone into that career field, but its one of those fields that millions try to get into every year, and maybe one or two actually succeed in making a profit from. Or heck, working for a card game company or making my own card games, those would be amazing jobs, but most new card games aren't profitable and the jobs available for existing ones are usually slim to none, with the rare opening having hundreds of thousand other would be suitors, and the job eventually going to some one with inside connections.
That's why I posed that question to my counselor, cause I wanted to make sure I could keep a roof over my head, to be able to provide for my wife and perhaps some day children. To do that I need a job where being good would be good enough, that even if I was just good, not great, I could be secure that I'd find a job easily and wouldn't have to constantly worry about losing it. Sure everyone would love to do something they'd love for a living, but few are those lucky enough to have both their interests and talents in a field with available jobs. For the rest you've just got to find a way to survive and at least allow your loved ones to have a life that allows them to be happy.
In an almost comical twist of fate, of the MANY jobs I've had over the years, the one I've enjoyed most is actually working at cafeterias through my temp agency. Something about the combination of physical labor (usually I'm the only guy at the cafeterias I go to so the lunch ladies use me for all the highly physical work aspects for that day/week that I'm there) and being in that casual friendly atmosphere that most cafeterias have seems to make me forget I'm breaking my back for minimum wage and make the work hours fly by. I keep thinking to that movie Office Space where <spoiler> a bunch of computer scientists working in a boring office come to hate their jobs and thus their lives, then after wacky events, at the end of the movie end up working as construction workers for significantly less wages but enjoy the physical labor and thus have come to enjoy life </spoiler>. Of course its unfair to make the comparison for myself yet, cause I've yet to have a business even give me a shot as an intern computer scientist yet, so I really haven't experienced the true computer science work environment to know if I like it or not, for all I know I could love it even more then cafeteria work. But between my current jobs, an office assistant job filling out/alphabetizing files for hours on end and being a temp cafeteria worker, I'd take the cafeteria workers experience of interacting with other people and getting to actually physically move around all day hands down every time. Ironically the cafeteria job pays more too.
Anyway, sorry for all these really long rants of posts, and thank you very much for the advice. Despite everything I've just said, I will take your advice to heart.
Name: Andrew Location: Onalaska, Wisconsin Age: 22 Zodiac: Cancer Time Playing KB: Since Christmas 2009 Other info: Currently OBSESSED with all things Killer Bunnies.. working on building a Killer Bunnies board and patiently awaiting the violet booster for Journey to Jupiter! Going to school at UW-Stout for Video game design and development! Favorite Card: The White Stuff Favorite Carrot: Flo
Post by ecologydude on Jan 25, 2010 17:12:24 GMT -5
I didn't see this when I joined so I'll do it now.
Favorite Carrot: Abu
How long have you been playing KB?: Since after Christmas 2009. My friend got it a year earlier and I was intrigued. I asked for it for my birthday but nobody could find it anywhere. Then a random kiosk appeared in the mall with games, and lo and behold it was there! So I sent a picture of it to my mom and I didn't get it for christmas, because the box set(with blue, yellow, red, and violet) was too expensive(and my mom thought it sounded a bit violent.) So then I bought it. I got the whole family to play and we all loved it! Now we play it all the time.
Name: Jeff Location: Madison Lake, MN Age: 34 Occupation: Unemployed mechanical engineer/occasional work-from-home engineer/Fed Ex package handler/plasma donator/stay-at-home dad Favorite carrot: Rick Favorite card: Any successful weapon
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Post by zmhower2469 on May 18, 2010 0:05:15 GMT -5
hi, my name is zach. I never heard of killer bunnies until a few months ago. I was introduced to the game by the games creator jeff bellinger. I play all the time now and i am always learning new card combinations and there are a million rules for the game so it is fun learning all the different things about the game. I love talking about the game so if anyone is interested in talking about it shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a text 6107629700
My grandfather was a POW in Italy during WWII and the only outside contact he had was through a RAAF Chaplain assisting with Red Cross. He passed away 6 years ago, and I'll be marching wearing his medals in the ANZAC Day march this Monday. God Bless you.
It's not the answer that gets you the Nobel Prize - it's the question.
Killer Bunnies owner since December of '09, still sitting on blue/yellow at the moment but I add red/violet on Saturday. Teaching a few newly-found friends of mine at the game store how to play this enjoyable game.
As to the favorite card so far, I'm going to go with the Miniature Black Hole.