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    Hi all, well, as the title says I'm in a total rut and need some wise words of advice!

    Basically I left school at 16 and went into full time employment, nothing at 6th form, college etc interested me in the slightest, I just wanted to earn money. I'm gonna be 25 in 2 months and I keep thinking to myself 'what are you doing with your life?!'

    I'm in retail and can't stand how people assume you're stupid because you work in a shop, constant rude customers etc....but I don't know what else to do. I'm always thinking about going back to college, but nothing interests me enough to really want to do it. There's nothing that I see and think 'wow I'd love to do that!' There are a few things like psychology that I'm interested in but there is no way I'm prepared to study for a number of years, get into loads of debt and get nothing out of it at the end. So I've been looking at things which are always in demand such as construction and even hairdressing but even then i haven't got the drive to really want to do it. I'd have to pay for these courses aswell as I'm over 19 and I'm not sure if I want to move back home at my age......basically I'm not sure if I should stick with something i know everything about but don't like, or, move in with the old folks for a couple of years, be quite poor and study something I'm not sure I even like!

    Sorry this was so long, just needed to rant a bit!

    Is there nothing you can do in your retail shop? Study to be a manager or assistant manager? At least you don't have to pay for that and it's in an area you already have lots of experience in. Or apply for a higher position at another store? Perhaps talk to your manager about career progression?

    Nobody can really suggest anything really helpful unless you are sure of what you want. Why not try some cheaper night courses to get a taster for something new?
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    I was assistant manager for over 2 years whilst my manager was off having a breakdown, when she eventually left I applied for the managers role but didn't get it, which was a right kick in the teeth...so I had a childish strop and said I didn't want to be management anymore so now I'm a supervisor, however I know that the current assistant manager may be leaving in Sept to go back to Uni, so that's another option I suppose.

    The night courses are very few and random at the college!

    Degree in psychology opens up around 40% of graduate jobs according to the times, so if you put the effort in Im sure you could be one of the % of students who get a grad job fairly quickly
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