I don't know your situation, your story, or where you'd like to go, but I can tell you that learning to manage the money that you make is one of the best ways to get yourself in a stable position where you can start to take steps towards a future that you want.
As a college student, I'm in your shoes... college is expensive! As a freshman, I've been overwhelmed with everything that I have to pay for as well as the rising cost of college; however, it boils down to a simple, but extremely difficult idea. Needs/Wants.
Do I really need to spend my money on this when I should really be saving it?
In the first semester of college, I've learned one major idea: Consumption vs. Capital ($, assets, etc.)
It basically goes like this, the more you consume (buy), the less capital you have; the more you save and invest (consume less), the more capital you have! So, by saving more of your money and putting it aside you'll have more money to spend in the future o things that will be able to help you expand into a professional career/environment.
Find ways to budget and manage your money in a way more centered to benefit your lifestyle, not burden you.
Additionally, if you do decide to pursue higher education, network! Find as many people in your major/career/profession and talk with them. Knowing people is one of the greatest abilities that you can have.
Best of luck to you,
Devin recommends the following next steps:
A normal career path might include going to cooking school and I thought about it, but I didn't go. My reasoning was, why go to school if I'm not sure I really want to be a chef and that's what lead me to get a job in the industry first. I then worked for several restaurants and ended up at the #1 restaurant in California at the time. It was very demanding but I enjoyed it. For some reason, the chef, who is the main boss in the kitchen, left his paycheck out and I saw it. I was appalled at how little money he made especially because of all the hours he worked. I then thought to myself, "I don't like cooking that much to only earn such a relatively small check" and I quit.
The moral of this story is, try getting a job in a field that you know has the potential to make money and don't go to school unless you know for a fact that it will help advance you in the career you choose.
When your young, try anything and everything until you find something that you truly love and can make a living at.
That is not unusual, so do not be too hard on yourself. I know that not knowing can making going to college challenging, since you want to go with purpose. However, the college experience can help you work out what you want to do, especially the first two years where you are focusing on courses that are not a part of your major. That is hugely valuable time. If you are just starting your college experience, you should not feel a lot of pressure to decide on a major just yet. Most of your major work is done during your junior and senior year. I would suggest that you work hard on the general courses that you need to take at your university – English, History, Math, etc. I would also recommend that you challenge yourself with the elective courses that you take. If you do not really know what you want to major in, you should start to look in places where you have never looked. Take the elective that you don’t even know what it is. That will expose you to new experiences that may catch your attention. Or you may find that something you don’t think would be a good major is actually what you want to do. You should not be afraid of majors where you are not quite sure what you will do with it as a job. I ended up graduating with what is the equivalent of a Liberal Arts degree at a lot of universities. And what do I do? I am an Instructional Designer.
Before you being, you should think about what you already like to do. What activities would you do just for fun that you might be able to get paid for. This can be anything from a creativity talent to enjoying math classes. The skills that you use in your hobbies and subjects you love in school can lead you to a career that you would like to pursue. It is always best to start with what you want. I can tell you that finding something that I love to do every day is a great gift. I know a lot of people who are not as lucky as I am. It can take time to find what works for you, so try things and remember that failure is a journey, not a destination. Stay positive and keep looking if you don't like where you are now.
That's fine if you don't know what you want to do as a career. Most people don't realize it until it is too late. I guess the best way for me to say this is to find out what your passion is. What makes you happy? Once you find out what makes you happy try and find a job that incorporates your passion. If not make your own business. I'm only 19 without a college degree and I've made more money in the last 2 years than most adults will never make in their life. You gotta find your groove and your passion and you gotta stick with it.' Hope that helps.
Teach: Are you ever asked to teach anything?
Advice: Do friends or others seek specific advice from you?
Praise: What are you acknowledged for?
Finding what we are already good at is a way to help us narrow the path to what we want to do with our lives.
Jennifer recommends the following next steps:
A lot of people face this problem and it's okay. I think you should start by looking in to potential job openings that are local to your area. If you think it's something that interest you, then apply. Worst that can happen is that you don't like it and you can go do something else. You never know what experiences might lead to your long term career.
- What do you like about working at Walmart?
- What do you like to do for fun, when you aren't at work?
If you like working for Walmart, there are many positions you can move into with experience and good job performance. When you show initiative, the ability to get along well with others, and the ability to do your job well, it can lead to promotions (more money per hour) or even opportunities to move into different positions that can help increase the amount of your paycheck. You can also move into another company that may have similar functions to what you do. If you work with customers, grocery stores and other retail establishments may also be new opportunities for you. If you are currently working in stocking /delivery/logistics, maybe Amazon or Fedex might have opportunities that would interest you.
If there are other things you like to do outside of work (hobbies, interests, etc), you can possibly turn them into a career with some experience. If you like to work with animals, maybe you can volunteer with animal shelters or training facilities to gain some experience. If you like to tinker with cars, maybe you can find a mechanic to show you a few things, if you like to build things, maybe look for a contractor who is willing to show you the ropes. If you are one of the lucky ones who can find a job (and get paid!) doing something you love to do, it makes working so much worthwhile!
Keep in mind more job experience can lead to more money, so keep at it, and hopefully over time, you'll see that paycheck increase! Good luck!