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    So as the title states, I'm looking into a new career and lately been thinking of going back to school for a radiation therapy degree and made it a goal to do so if I don't find anything of interest in about 4 more months. Graduated from college a few years back with a 3.3 GPA from Curry College with a Political History degree and ever since, been in the automotive industry. Sold Saabs until Charles River went out of business then been in the service advisor field more or less ever since. Took a year off in the health field as a patient service rep for Harbor Medical to give that a shot but wasn't making enough money to stay in that position. Just getting tired of the long hours and would like a change of pace. Currently employed so money isn't a priority right now. Any help would be great and can forward my resume along if needed. With that said, what do you think could be out there for someone with my current job experience? Thanks for your help.
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    i dont have any advice other than something my friend told me years ago and is now starting to push me to make life changes

    'do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life'
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    definitely good advice. forgot i posted this and wanted to let you know i followed my passion and got into IT. entry level so pay isn't great but its what i love doing and i know down the road i'll be better off. just gaining necessary experience and that's all that matters at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzztt View Post
    'do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life'
    As great as that advice sounds, it's not very realistic. This path usually means a few years to a lifetime of living like a hobo. Alternately you could be some pervert who enjoys talking on a phone in a cubicle.

    My general opinion about jobs is that if you wanted to do it, they wouldn't have to pay you to do it.

    Saabman, I'm glad you've found a field you enjoy. Good luck.

    -Justin
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin.b View Post
    As great as that advice sounds, it's not very realistic. This path usually means a few years to a lifetime of living like a hobo. Alternately you could be some pervert who enjoys talking on a phone in a cubicle.

    My general opinion about jobs is that if you wanted to do it, they wouldn't have to pay you to do it.

    Saabman, I'm glad you've found a field you enjoy. Good luck.

    -Justin
    i dont think its unrealistic to find a job/career you love or even just like ? i know lots of people that love what they do, carpenter, builder, nurse, diplomat, painter, cad designer.... why settle
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    Probably just a personal defect, but once I have to do something I no longer enjoy it. The most important factor in leisure activities for me is that they aren't scheduled. Once there's a schedule and a calendar reminder it becomes an assignment.

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    thanks guys. i'd say that you both have valid points and there are many that would rather go after a career that pays better right away that's true. however, one thing my parents have always taught me, was to follow your passion and no matter how much you make as long as you're happy, that's all that matters (money will follow eventually follow). i'd rather start off with a 30k salary and work my way back up doing something i like than go with a 90k salary right off the bat and hate every minute of it. some people don't have that option though which i do realize, but since i'm still at home, i decided to take advantage of this opportunity and start fresh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saabman900V2 View Post
    So as the title states, I'm looking into a new career and lately been thinking of going back to school for a radiation therapy degree and made it a goal to do so if I don't find anything of interest in about 4 more months. Graduated from college a few years back with a 3.3 GPA from Curry College with a Political History degree and ever since, been in the automotive industry. Sold Saabs until Charles River went out of business then been in the service advisor field more or less ever since. Took a year off in the health field as a patient service rep for Harbor Medical to give that a shot but wasn't making enough money to stay in that position. Just getting tired of the long hours and would like a change of pace. Currently employed so money isn't a priority right now. Any help would be great and can forward my resume along if needed. With that said, what do you think could be out there for someone with my current job experience? Thanks for your help.
    Sounds like you enjoy being hands on so radiation therapy may be a good fit as there's fancy toys and good job market. I'm a rad onc (but not practicing medicine right now) so feel free to ask away if you have questions about the field.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fastcars View Post
    Sounds like you enjoy being hands on so radiation therapy may be a good fit as there's fancy toys and good job market. I'm a rad onc (but not practicing medicine right now) so feel free to ask away if you have questions about the field.
    Wow thanks that's awesome. May I ask why you're not practicing at the moment? Feel free to shoot me a PM if you want. I've always been more of a hands on learn on the job kind of guy that's why I'm into IT now. Figured it'd be a great step into the information technology field being an entry level IT support specialist with not really any real world work experience. Someday I may go back to radiation therapy idea as it sounds like its a growing field as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saabman900V2 View Post
    Wow thanks that's awesome. May I ask why you're not practicing at the moment? Feel free to shoot me a PM if you want. I've always been more of a hands on learn on the job kind of guy that's why I'm into IT now. Figured it'd be a great step into the information technology field being an entry level IT support specialist with not really any real world work experience. Someday I may go back to radiation therapy idea as it sounds like its a growing field as well.
    Good luck with things in IT! I'm running my own business right now and loving it so putting medicine on the back burner.
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