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Should I attend college in Florida..

By scott6133 ·
This is my first post and I just wanted some feedback. As we all know Florida is not the IT capital of the world, combine that with the fact that most jobs just don't pay and lack of oppurtunity and your in a tight jam. I am 27 years old and I currently work as a Billing Clerk for ANC Rental Car. I make $21,000 a year at this job(not much) but it is the most amount of money I have ever made in my life, unfortunately. I have never recieved a good job even though I applied often. Most companies won't look at me with my little Assoicates in Computer Networking.

I have decided to go back to school. At first, I wanted to attend a school specializing in IT (MIT) but then I realized that I do not have money to relocate and leave Florida even though I would love to. I really think Florida's horrible economy is holding me down quite a bit and I want out but funds aren't there which leaves me to ask the question.

Should I consider college in Florida? I am going for the B.S in Computer Science. I am afraid that when I grauduate I will be chumps change and still not be employed in IT. Is Florida that bad that you shouldn't consider a career here?

I graduated 2 years ago and never found a IT job.


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Opportunities and Circumstance

by muscobyb In reply to Should I attend college i ...

I am rather familiar with your situation having been in a similar one. At 27 I contemplated heading back to school. I was unsatisfied with the direction my career was heading (electrical engineer in a predominantly oil and gas one track town). I bitthe bullet and decided to take my MBA. I registered as part time and will be finished soon (taking 4 courses per year amounted to a laborious 6 year process). I can't say as my career prospects are any better, right now, however, there is no doubt in my mind that I have a lot more opportunities available to me.

I believe most everything in your career results from situation and circumstance. You get experience only in what can be done. It doesn't mean you aren't capable, just that your exposure is different.

Going back to school will allow for more opportunities and allow for increased situations and circumstances. Perhaps you will be in a position to capitalize on these opportunities in the future.

Besides, you get to meet more people and discover more things. I don't regret my continuing on with my education one bit. I say "do it!" If Florida is home and where family and friends are, it will make going back to school easier.

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Big Reason

by lance.gillis In reply to Opportunities and Circums ...

The biggest reason for dissatisfaction in life is we trade what we really want for what we want right now. You are in a great place for starting anything. That place is inside you, not outside. Don't worry about your physical location, dig in andget rocking on your dream. You can't fail if you never give up.

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My experience in florida

by JayMiller25 In reply to Should I attend college i ...

I just moved down to FL from Buffalo, NY in June. It took me about 2 months to find a job, but I found one. (I'm also 27) I'm a network admin at a decent company. It seems to me that overall pay down here, for any job, is somewhat lower than elsewhere. There are many factors for that, which I will not get into.'s not a bad place. What you need is experience...that's what's hurting you. You can have all the degrees in the world, but w/o real world experience, your chances are horribly slim. If I were you, I'd get a Help Desk job'll end up making about $9-$12 an hour there...but if it's 40 hours/week, you'll end up making more. That's what I did 3 years ago, and it's paid major benefits. Get into that, AND get some education (what I did), and you'll be well on your way.
Trust me...experience is golden. You just need to get your foot in the door, and then you'll be all set.

Good luck.

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