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What should the next step in my professional career be?

I have had a job at a fast-food restaurant for two years now. I'm getting a little tired of the job and want to get a new one but am hesitant. I am planning to take summer classes at community college, so that I can get rid of more of my general ed before starting Fresno State in the fall. I am not sure if starting a new job would be the best step, and while I do want to start venturing into other fields, I need to be able to focus on my studies. My job now has flexible hours and is willing to work around the times I am available to work. jobs career career-counseling job college

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Leah’s Answer

It is definitely good that your current job right now is very flexible, especially when you're taking classes at the same time. Since this may not be your future career that you will pursue after college, I would suggest keeping it since you have to focus on your classes right now. During or after college, you can then start to pursue the job you really want to have that will be more geared towards your career goals. Also, keeping this job is only temporary and it is not your end goal, so get the money now, enjoy the flexibility, focus on your studies and then it'll reward you in the end.
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Brad’s Answer

You should keep your current job and seek to grow as a leader in the business or learn a skill that will help you in your field of study. If you’re able to find a job that better aligns with your field of study and offers you comparable

money and flexibility then that would be even better. Good luck!

Brad recommends the following next steps:

Consider how current job may allow leadership opportunities
Consider how current job may create opportunity to provide practical experience for field of study
Find job that is better aligned w field of study if 1&2 are not possible.
Focus on school. It’s #1
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Simeon’s Answer

With the exception of being able to get an internship related to the field you're pursuing, I'd say it's probably a good idea to stay with the job you have. Besides what's on paper, you've built up a lot of good will with your employer, so it sounds like they'll give you the best options for figuring out how to work and do school at the same time. Plus, having some continuous employment history will prove to recruiters that you are a consistent and productive employee.
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Karen’s Answer

Consider keeping your current job and volunteering at places or events where you can get exposure to various careers. You may discover where you get the greatest amount of gratification.

With every good wish.

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