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PLEASE READ Dec. 13th, 2007 @ 08:33 pm
cleverdevil
I'm in the early stages of planning to start a photography business. This is the research stage, where I gather word of mouth info.
My education involves a Writing and New Media Technologies diploma, where I first was introduced to the camera and photoshop. Since then, I've been creating all manner of art and I've excelled at my photoshopping skills enough that I think I might have a service to offer. This after looking around at a tremendous amount of crap that people actually pay for.
Until demand dictates that I limit my services, I thought about offering everything I can do, including:
Photo restoration
Family portraits
Personal portraits
Animal portraits.
Photoshop services that essentially equate to art, as I assume alot of people might want something different. This is, infact, where I thought I would drum up the most business.

I live around Edmonton Alberta, Canada, if that's of any consequence?

What I need are testimonials and advise from anyone that might have some. Is there anyone in the business that might shine a flashlight on this newcomers path?
How might I best advertise?
Should I stop dreaming until I get a business degree?
Should I limit my services?
Will I not be taken seriously without a diploma in photography on my wall?
What should I include in my portfolio?
Do you have advise on how I might individualize my business, or do you think trying to stand out is wrong?

ANY advise you have will be taken very seriously, provided it's intented that way.

Thanks in advance,
Jerry

x-posted. advise? Aug. 19th, 2006 @ 10:59 am
cleverdevil
I apologise if this entry is inappropriate, but I'm hoping it's not and you'll all be jazzy and good natured. I'm looking for advise...

I've reached a crossedroads in my life after turning 30yrs old and not having anything more to show for it than when I was 20(which is about ZIP). After living in B.C. Canada for 7yrs I moved back to Toronto with a plan:the plan was to get a welding ticket of some kind and head for Alberta, where they're supposed to pay upwards of $150,000.
Now, of course I know nothing of welding-and I mean nothing. How long the schooling takes, how much the potential cost is etc The college websites are rediculous in how little any information of substance they offer, but after some net searching today, I learned that these Alberta jobs that I covet($40hr with an $80 a day living allowance) are actually looking for a journeyman welder. Ok, so I look that up because, again I know nothing, and what I learn is that this is 3yrs of schooling *gasp*.

I don't know anyone in the field, or in schooling for it. I think right now I'm looking for words from anyone that might've taken this path, or has stories/advise from their own paths. I'm going to leave this post rather open ended, without asking anything specific because I'd dig ANYTHING that anyone has to share.
Thank you all so much.

Jerry

Mar. 2nd, 2006 @ 10:07 pm
writtenoutloud

What College Didn’t Prepare Me For

 

Time to share with college students all the things that you wish you knew before you put on your cap and gown! I'm writing a book on the topic and am eager to hear what YOU have to say!

 

Please choose at least one section that you identify most with and answer as many questions as you can in at least 3 sentences. You will be contacted before anything is published. Please return these responses to jerseygal526@yahoo.com.

 

Name

Age

State

College Attended

Email address (will not be published):

 

Moving Home

1.      Did you move home after college? If so, what was the biggest adjustment for you?

2.      Did you find that your living space had changed?

3.      Did your parents treat you like an adult or a child?

4.      What was the biggest struggle about living far from home?

 

Living Away from Home

1.      Did you move far from your hometown upon graduation? Why?

2.      How did you find your post-college home away from home? Was finding an affordable place hard?

3.      How did you adjust to the domestics of living? Did you take up cooking or struggle to take care of your apartment/house?

 

Not Using Your Degree/Major

1.      Upon graduation, did you want to apply your major to your job?

2.      Did you think about trying something not related to your major while you were fresh out of college? Why?

3.      Did you or your friends give you direct or indirect guilt over not using your degree?

4.      Do you plan to go into that field at all? Why or why not?

5.      Do you regret not using your major? Why or why not?

 

Choosing a Job

1.      What job search tools did you use to find a job? What worked best and what didn’t?

2.      Did you need to do some research about how to find a job/prepare for an interview?

3.      If you got multiple offers, what did you base your decision on?

4.      How long do you feel that you need to be at your job before you move up or switch companies? 

5.      Do you feel that it’s better to jump around while you’re young? Why or why not?

 

 

 

Job Responsibilities

1.      What do you find most challenging about your job?

2.      Describe your work atmosphere. What didn’t you expect from it that wound up happening?

3.      Do you find office politics a hassle or entertainment?

4.      Have you been in an uncomfortable situation at work that you weren’t sure how to handle? How did you go about handling it?

5.      Is your job boring? Did you think it would be and do you want to find something more challenging?

6.      Are you happy at your current job? Why or why not?

 

Managing Your Own Finances

1.      Have your parents financially supported you post-graduation?

2.      Does your job cover your basic expenses or do you find that you live paycheck to paycheck? How do you feel about that?

3.      Do you have credit problems? Do you think that the wide market and availability of credit vendors at school aids in younger people having credit problems?

4.      Do you work with a budget? How did you come to do so?

5.      What advice would you give to college students on how to handle their money after graduation?

 

Quarterlife Crisis

1.      Do you know what a quarterlife crisis is? Do you believe in it? What’s your definition?

2.      Have you experienced feelings of panic, fear, anxiety, worry or depression when thinking about life after college?

3.      What pressures have been put on you, or have you put on yourself before and after graduating?

4.      Do you lean on friends/family for support?

 

Having a Social Life

1.      Since you graduated, are you more social?

2.      Do you still keep in touch with college friends?

3.      Do you think post-college life means making new friends or keeping the old? Or both?

4.      How do you deal with friends faraway?

5.      Do you want to meet more people or do you feel that college was your only time to make lifelong friends?

6.      How do you approach dating? Are you looking for something serious? Why or why not? Do you think you’re ready for a serious relationship? Why or why not?

7.      How can post-collegiates meet new people? Should they put themselves out there more? How can they do so?

 

What College Didn’t Prepare Me For

Time to share with college students all the things that you wish you knew before you put on your cap and gown! I'm writing a book on the topic and am eager to hear what YOU have to say!

Please choose at least one section that you identify most with and answer as many questions as you can in at least 3 sentences. You will be contacted before anything is published. Please return these responses to jerseygal526@yahoo.com.

Name
Age
State
College Attended
Email address (will not be published):

Moving Home
1. Did you move home after college? If so, what was the biggest adjustment for you?
2. Did you find that your living space had changed?
3. Did your parents treat you like an adult or a child?
4. What was the biggest struggle about living far from home?

Living Away from Home
1. Did you move far from your hometown upon graduation? Why?
2. How did you find your post-college home away from home? Was finding an affordable place hard?
3. How did you adjust to the domestics of living? Did you take up cooking or struggle to take care of your apartment/house?

Not Using Your Degree/Major
1. Upon graduation, did you want to apply your major to your job?
2. Did you think about trying something not related to your major while you were fresh out of college? Why?
3. Did you or your friends give you direct or indirect guilt over not using your degree?
4. Do you plan to go into that field at all? Why or why not?
5. Do you regret not using your major? Why or why not?

Choosing a Job
1. What job search tools did you use to find a job? What worked best and what didn’t?
2. Did you need to do some research about how to find a job/prepare for an interview?
3. If you got multiple offers, what did you base your decision on?
4. How long do you feel that you need to be at your job before you move up or switch companies?
5. Do you feel that it’s better to jump around while you’re young? Why or why not?



Job Responsibilities
1. What do you find most challenging about your job?
2. Describe your work atmosphere. What didn’t you expect from it that wound up happening?
3. Do you find office politics a hassle or entertainment?
4. Have you been in an uncomfortable situation at work that you weren’t sure how to handle? How did you go about handling it?
5. Is your job boring? Did you think it would be and do you want to find something more challenging?
6. Are you happy at your current job? Why or why not?

Managing Your Own Finances
1. Have your parents financially supported you post-graduation?
2. Does your job cover your basic expenses or do you find that you live paycheck to paycheck? How do you feel about that?
3. Do you have credit problems? Do you think that the wide market and availability of credit vendors at school aids in younger people having credit problems?
4. Do you work with a budget? How did you come to do so?
5. What advice would you give to college students on how to handle their money after graduation?

Quarterlife Crisis
1. Do you know what a quarterlife crisis is? Do you believe in it? What’s your definition?
2. Have you experienced feelings of panic, fear, anxiety, worry or depression when thinking about life after college?
3. What pressures have been put on you, or have you put on yourself before and after graduating?
4. Do you lean on friends/family for support?

Having a Social Life
1. Since you graduated, are you more social?
2. Do you still keep in touch with college friends?
3. Do you think post-college life means making new friends or keeping the old? Or both?
4. How do you deal with friends faraway?
5. Do you want to meet more people or do you feel that college was your only time to make lifelong friends?
6. How do you approach dating? Are you looking for something serious? Why or why not? Do you think you’re ready for a serious relationship? Why or why not?
7. How can post-collegiates meet new people? Should they put themselves out there more? How can they do so?


Mar. 20th, 2005 @ 03:44 pm
_creamy_mocha_
Hello, my name is Megan and I am a 20 years old deaf girl from Illinois. I am so lost here. I don't even know what I want.. I can't find a right career for myself.. I am deaf and I feel totally useless.. so help me out :( .. if I am hearing, I would def want to be a cop or something like that. I dont even want to work like a teacher, coach or something like that.. Just related to Criminal Justices.

-Meg

Jan. 13th, 2005 @ 11:22 pm
raftor
so is anyone here still confused? it's too bad this hasn't been more active because I'm sure there are a lot of others out there that are in limbo as well that could add to this lj community perhaps.

anyways, my current issue of indecision is this:
digital communications major vs. information technology major

I have an AS in multimedia but I think it's pretty weak. I basically know interface design (& I'm really not a natural artist). I'm familiar with your basic dreamweaver, photoshop stuff. I'm fairly comfortable with html. I've gotten to know a tad of css. other than that, I'm far from any sort of programmer. but I kinda think I'm more suited to the more technical stuff. I don't know. on the information/technical side of things, I've been wondering about database related stuff. basically, the process of organizing information and maintaining it.

I've always felt that my degree has to "fit" what I'm going to go do with my life but I sometimes forget that just having one of some kind can still get you somewhere. I love to procrastinate. that's part of the problem.
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» Newbie
Finding this community was rather exciting because now I don't feel quite so crazy. :)

I'm 23 years old and will be graduating in a couple weeks (May 15th to be exact). I will have a bachelors in Management Information Systems. For the past year I've had an internship in the field, and while it has been great it has also shown me that I'm not quite ready to spend the rest of my life sitting in front of a computer in my cubical for 40 hours a week.

So of course for a long time I felt like I was completly insane. I was worried that maybe I had gone through all these years of schooling just to end up in a field I disliked. But thankfully things started to change.

I guess the biggest change came when my intern site told me they couldn't hire me full time or part time due to budget issues (of course). After that I started looking for some other jobs but didn't really find anything that interested me.

Finally I decided to try to go to grad school. I've always been interested in International Business and have always wanted to study/live/work abroad so I'm 99% sure that I'm going for it. I've found a great local school that has campuses all over Europe so I can easily go study abroad when the time is right.

It's a complete change from what I had planned to do back when I chose my undergraduate major, but I think this is the best option for me. At the time I thought I'd be happiest with an IT job, but I guess things have changed. I don't think studying MIS was a mistake by any means, I know I've gotten a great education and it will always help to have a technical bacground...I just think that maybe I want something a little different go on top of that.

I probably could have found a full time job eventually, but when I weighed the two options I just knew I wouldn't be as happy as I could be with that type of lifestyle. At least not at this point in time. The only major worry I have is the extra cost, loans, debt, all that good stuff that grad school will bring...but I know there are plenty of people out there who have just as many student loans as I do so I just have to trust that everything will work out in the end. I'm willing to take that sort of chance to do something that really excites and interests me.

So...that's my story in a nutshell.! Good luck to everyone else going through the same type of confusion!
» A Place That Helps You Figure It Out
Hi!
I am new to checking out this community - and it looks interesting. More frequent posting would be cool - yea, I know.

I'm feeling extremely crazy about my career and job hunting. Can't even seem to get my resume put together right.

I highly recommend something for those of you that are struggling with what field and what specific job you want to go into. I recently finished doing a very detailed evaluation of myself and my career skills. I took a bunch of tests, did a lot of research about jobs, the market, pay ranges, skills used in these jobs, etc. Also talkd with a counselor several times. It was all 100% FREE! I am SO GLAD that I did it. Because I learned a lot about myself and what I am good at, what I have natural talent for, what I really want to do. Assuming that most of you are in the United States, there is national funding for this program - so it is available in every state. They are called One Stop Career Centers. They have them in every county in California (or almost every one)and they have great resources.

I wish I had done this a long time ago. I am older (49) than a lot of people thinking about their job, and I didn't get the opportunity to go to college. It took me a long time and I started to get very discouraged about finding a career that I could go into that also had many other criteria. I was interested in many careers, but most had some limitations I didn't like. I finally found a career that I am sure I will like very much. It's called, watch out, it's tricky! - Career Development Facilitator, CDF for short. I want to work in a workforce development agency like a One Stop Career Center or the career counseling dept. at a college, or something like that.

I'm so glad to find out about this kiind of job because I have always wanted to be a counselor, and this is similar. There is training and a national certification that you can get after you have 2 or 3 years on the job experience.

But I'm stuck. I need a good resume and good interviewing skills - and I don't have either. I worked for 20 years doing mid-to-upper level office jobs and then my whole life started to fall apart. Lots of tragedys and hard stuff happened. I haven't worked now for 3 years and my self esteem is not good. I need to get a job badly, but I'm kind of a mess.

All of you that are in college, or were in, that is so fine. I wish I could have gone to college when I was young. Figuring out what career to go for is really hard to do, that is for sure. Going to college, even if you don't have it all figured out, is ESSENTIAL today if you're going to have anything. It really is. It's going to take me years to do it now and then I have to work 4 years at the job before I can get the credential, which I wouldn't have to do if I had a college degree. Now I have to keep motivated for a long time and do stuff that is much harder when you are older. But I am doing it!! I wish I had known what I want to do when I grow up - a long time ago. The Career Center really helped me to figure this all out.

Much of my current confusion is really fear and self doubt.
~L
» wow....
Now this is a place where I think people won't think I'm crazy!
Graduated from high school last year. I took this year "off" to work and take night school. I'm interested in many many things but I can never make up my mind on which I like best of what I could possibly study and turn into a career that I won't get sick of five minutes later.

(Oh, and I'm new, etc etc)
» A Moment Of Clarity
I'm a journalism major. Right now I'm taking all the prerequisites and Ive discovered that I despise news writing. I don't like anything about it. The only reason I am sticking with it is because I can't wait to take magazine writing classes.

And then I get to thinking. Do I really want to be stuck with a shitty (although Im sure comfortable enough to live on) salary writing for someone else? Maybe at first.

Sometimes I'm hesitant and afraid to come out and say what I want because I'm afraid my goals or dreams are too far-fetched. I often fear I will never be able to accomplish them and I will live a life that Ive always feared, a life of poverty.

But you know what, today I had one of those rare moments of clarity. The kind of moment where you are just so fed up with the way things are going and you know there has got to be a better way. And it hits you suddenly that there are people in this world who know what they want. There are people in this world who have started with nothing but a dream and turned that dream into reality.

I'm going to be one of those people. And now I'm coming out.

I want to start up my own magazine. I don't want to work for anyone else. I want to work for myself. I want to be successful.

And god dammit, I'm going to make it happen.
I am no longer confused.
» (No Subject)
Hey folks, new community member here. I posted this in gradstudents, and a lot of folks there seemed to enjoy it, but i really feel it's more "career confusion" specific.

My upcoming career confusionCollapse )

There's plenty more where this one came from, so add my journal if more of the same would interest ya... thanks mucH!
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