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My career started badly, as I wasn't sure what I want. I entered into a company job working on desk. But that used to be very boring for me and I never used to enjoy. Then I realized that I want to get into health care career. But again studying 3 years that to leaving the existing job was very much difficult for me. So one friend of mine suggested to go for online course. She suggested me the following site which consists of all the details about medical lab technician career.http://medicallabtechnicianschool.or...eers-and-jobs/
I took admission in this course and I was able to continue with my job also. I completed the course and now working as a medical lab technician. Though it was very late to start a career, but I'm happy now. I would say that it's never too late to start a new career.

I know I shouldnt ask BUT what age group are you in?
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Old 03.08.2011, 13:25
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Re: When did you start your career?

I agree it's never too late to start something new. But you have to be open minded for change.

Many people (even in early 20s) are used to a certain standard of living and income. That is for many-the motivation to keep on their present path (yes, not all, but many).

Once I'm done this stage in life (~1-2 years) I'll probably go into something totally different and new....unless I get someone knocked up and have a kid to support---but generally speaking and looking at trends, that shouldn't be an issue
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Re: When did you start your career?

Age 29 ... sort of
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Re: When did you start your career?

I just started my dream career.. was working since I was 16.. all in different field and now at 34, I just started.

A bit late?? I have the full support from my husband so it was easy.. and my starting salary is consider middle income. But in my line of work, I will most likely earn more than him in 10 years!

When you have support from friends and family, it is always easier to make the change.
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So at what age did you finally settle down and stick to the same job or career. (or not)

Im planning on changing careers once again and hope to be spot on right now. but i got so many ideas bouncing in my head and hope to take the right path this time......
Im 27
26. Before that I would jump jobs at the slightest breeze of displeasure. Then I found something I was actually passionate about. And I'll add that, as I got older, the more complicated it became to change jobs. Making the decision to quit a 12 year career and take the chance on coming to CH for a new job with a new company in a new country was not an easy one.
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Re: When did you start your career?

21, but I didn't know it at the time, random temporary work doing data capture using specialist software started a chain of jobs eventually leading me here.
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Re: When did you start your career?

Jeez, I feel so boring !!! A year before I got my Master's in Advertising I was recruited by an Advertising Agency, and some 2 years I joined the Marketing Dept. of a consumer goods company. Haven't changed my career since...that was in 1998. Unfortunately my wife and 3 kids wouldn't be as supportive as they probably would like if I wanted to change and start doing something more creative, or something I enjoyed doing more...with a significant drop in lifestyle. I guess I just have to suck it for 25 more years and I can retire.
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Re: When did you start your career?

interesting question:

How do we define 'career'?

for instance, if you are interested in Academic Research, when does your career begin? at the PhD? PostDoc? Senior Scientist? Assistant-Prof? Tenure?

just semantics but yeah.
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29 and 2 young children when I went to Uni, when youngest started school- and 32 when I started my teaching career. Before that I was a PA and translator- but this was interrupted by a nasty car accident, then 2 children. I always knew it was not a career- just a means to travel. Now retired- but maybe another career forming in my head. If the £ keep falling, I'll start a new business.

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Re: When did you start your career?

Unfortunately, I strayed from my career path due to a previous marriage. Lesson learned about allowing anyone to keep me from following my dreams.

So I am now beginning a new career as an in-the-closet Astrophysicist at the age of 38.
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interesting question:

How do we define 'career'?

for instance, if you are interested in Academic Research, when does your career begin? at the PhD? PostDoc? Senior Scientist? Assistant-Prof? Tenure?

just semantics but yeah.
That's a good question... I would think that maybe it starts with your PhD program.. particularly if it involves assisting in research and a stipend. (?)
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That's a good question... I would think that maybe it starts with your PhD program.. particularly if it involves assisting in research and a stipend. (?)

now for many, a masters degree is salary-paid and fundamentally research--so is that included as well?
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now for many, a masters degree is salary-paid and fundamentally research--so is that included as well?
I would think so.

Because that also entails the use of (and reimbursement for) your skills/knowledge.
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Re: When did you start your career?

Are you asking when I actually started my career, or when I chose my career? Consider the following hypothetical career:

A person studies chemistry at university and thinks they might want to become a school teacher, or perhaps a chemical engineer or maybe do some research into drugs. They decide they fancy doing drugs research, and reckon they might then become a medical doctor, or perhaps go into the drugs industry, or perhaps become a university lecturer. After they finish doing drugs research, they decide they want to become the boss of a pharmaceuticals company, so join one as a lab technician, and work their way up through management.

Do you regard their career as starting when they chose to study chemistry, or when they decided to apply for a job in the pharmaceuticals industry (because that's when they made a choice based on a definite objective beyond the immediate next step)?

For me, I started my career when I chose my university subject, but I have never had a definite plan of my next step, I'm still just sort of winging it (I'm 31).
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Are you asking when I actually started my career, or when I chose my career? Consider the following hypothetical career:

A person studies chemistry at university and thinks they might want to become a school teacher, or perhaps a chemical engineer or maybe do some research into drugs. They decide they fancy doing drugs research, and reckon they might then become a medical doctor, or perhaps go into the drugs industry, or perhaps become a university lecturer. After they finish doing drugs research, they decide they want to become the boss of a pharmaceuticals company, so join one as a lab technician, and work their way up through management.

Do you regard their career as starting when they chose to study chemistry, or when they decided to apply for a job in the pharmaceuticals industry (because that's when they made a choice based on a definite objective beyond the immediate next step)?

For me, I started my career when I chose my university subject, but I have never had a definite plan of my next step, I'm still just sort of winging it (I'm 31).

career to me is when you find that occupation that you really enjoy, are real good at and think you might be doing it for the rest of your life....
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I started my career as a janitor at 17.... And Im still cleaning up peoples shiit...
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career to me is when you find that occupation that you really enjoy, are real good at and think you might be doing it for the rest of your life....

so if you're not really good at anything and can't get paid for things you enjoy, a career is never possible?
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Re: When did you start your career?

Started working at 16 (while studying) and never stopped.. wouldn't know how.
My IT career picked me quite a while ago and I never looked back. I really love my job. It's a very far cry from my university studies (languages). You can build very slowly through work and experience.
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Re: When did you start your career?

I have had several changes of career, some by choice, some by expediency. I wanted to be a teacher from the age of five, and finally got there at 31, having had to leave school at 15, marrying young, having two children , some good secretarial/managerial jobs, then finally taking a degree.
I taught for almost nine years, then found the politics of education too frustrating, got divorced and went to work for an English ex-pat in Monaco for six years. That was my choice. When my employer lost most of his money on the stock market, I returned to England and started my own conveyancing company, out of sheer necessity. It was very successful, but the law was changed in 1987 and I had to sell the business. Another career change, not by my choice. and I then went to work in Brussels as a financial advisor - i.e. flogging investments and insurance to ex-pats. It was soul-destroying. so at the age of 50 I became one of the oldest graduate trainees to enter the Inland Revenue. I had almost ten happy years as a tax inspector before retiring to France.
I would have had a better pension if I had stuck at teaching for 30 years, but I have a low boredom threshold and I don't think there is any job I could have done for a whole lifetime. If you find the right career and continue to enjoy it, you are very lucky.
I think career changes, or changes of direction,are going to be the norm rather than the exception for today's young people, so they need to be flexible and adventurous.
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Re: When did you start your career?

After leaving Los Angeles for England to pursue a Rugby career at 18, dropped out of my 'A' Levels and I worked as a labourer for uncle's building firm, was character building, pun not intended. Then after a year I went to see a College Councillor to see what career to pursue and chose Engineering to please my old man, yep, he's an Engineer too. It has certainly paid well and I've seen many places through 'jobbing', but if I don't change to something I enjoy, I'll end up like one of my fellow institutionalised Engineers. Oh, I'm 40 this year übrigens.
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