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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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About to Graduate...Job Ideas

I am about to graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Economics. I don't know how I ended up choosing Econ as a major but I did. I finished all my requirements and am now in my last year of school with an open schedule. From my studies thus far I have learned that I will not be able to live happily working in an office/indoors. I have been working summers at golf courses as a groundskeeper in between spring/fall semesters. I like working outdoors, but mowing grass for $12 an hour isn't going to cut it.

Does anyone have any job ideas for me? Something that will get me outdoors. Doesn't necessarily have to pay much, but enough to support going to the mx track comfortably on the weekends. (preferably something that won't involve anymore school.)
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Get out into the real world a bit. Don't expect to get paid a whole lot. I see tons of collage students grajuate with a decree and they think they will automatically make $60k/year. Be happy if you make $40k/year in whatever you are doing.

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I am not so much concerned about making a lot of money. I am most likely going to be working the next 35-45 years of my life. (If I make it that long) I might as well enjoy what I am doing.
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get a job with the city, at least my city i live in in wi they get full benefits and make pretty darn good money whether it be driving the garbage truck or working at the parks department.
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I hear being a garbage man keeps pays big bucks, and you work outdoors.

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take a class in speaking Indian. all our financial and accounting people at my comapny have been outsourced to india. Seriously, companies are going to be looking for people who speak chinese or indian to work as liasons in these departments.




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being a garbage man also sucks balls, been there done that. youll be sick of dealing with the shit in less than a year
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post #9 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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I like the garbage man idea. I also have a connection as my dad used to be a VP for Waste Management for 15+ years. (however I probably don't need a connection for a garbage removal job.

Edit...Just read Jessee's response...lol
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Border Patrol. You will be assigned to either Cali, Texas or Florida.

Another option is apply to the State Department.
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In the finance economics field everyone has an MBA or CFA. Unfortunately, that involves more school. Personally, I'd look for something entry level and get someone to pay for more education. Good luck, your field is tough right now.

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I want nothing to do with economics. It is boring. Border Patrol isn't a bad idea. However I can't speak Spanish.
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I want nothing to do with economics. It is boring. Border Patrol isn't a bad idea. However I can't speak Spanish.
I dont think you will have to completely learn spanish just stuff like hands on your head "manos en tu cabeza" i think...

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You could always try construction. It is a bit seasonal, but they make good money in the spring, summer, and fall.

Also, if you have your degree, you can try to go get a job a a plant supervisor for a number of manufacturing/distribution companies. Supervisors are usually outdoors most of the day checking on loads and such.
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With all the natural disasters and such, I'll bet insurance claims writers/estimaters are pretty busy, right about now.

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I am about to graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Economics.)
Did the exact same thing and graduated from Tippie with a BBA in May 07. I work at the CBOE now (options trading/etc)... pretty direct correlation there so I can't help you a whole lot, but if you're looking for something you CAN get with your degree if you have good credentials definitely check out that scene. On the plus side, you get good working hours. 830-430 for me... and lots of people work less than that.

Can't help ya much in terms of outdoor jobs, you could look for managing possibilities at lower-end companies where you could probably still pull in $30-40K... which wouldn't be the worst thing for you. Unfortunately if you're looking for IL based jobs, the Iowa career fairs are a slight let down in terms of helping you find something here... I had to do a lot of legwork on my own as did most of my IL based friends and none of us really found jobs until post-graduation (unlike U of ILL). It was pretty much the only time I had regrets about Iowa, but I'll trade that for 4 years at those bars haha. Good luck.
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take a class in speaking Indian. all our financial and accounting people at my comapny have been outsourced to india. Seriously, companies are going to be looking for people who speak chinese or indian to work as liasons in these departments.
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take a class in speaking Indian. all our financial and accounting people at my comapny have been outsourced to india. Seriously, companies are going to be looking for people who speak chinese or indian to work as liasons in these departments.
You are aware that there is no such language as Indian right.

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Im in the same boat but with a Psych degree. Ive been look at jobs in HR, gotta start somewhere
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what about a police officer? fireman? Parole officer? these are all jobs that wouldn't have you stuck at a desk all day, but wouldn't have you braving the elements either.

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Actually the boarder patrol does need to learn Spanish which is taught and you have a certain amount of time to learn it.

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My suggestion....stay in school do grad school....become a "professional student" eventally get your PhD become a professor. Kinda wish I went to grad school. Now I sit in a cubicle...with a work pager and laptop. (Remeber never be a computer programmer....the "oh shit" pager will never let you go.)

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Cost Estimating at an environmental or construction company.
You'll get on site a lot, and you'll also get hella good project management skills fast.

If you need ideas for firms, PM me.
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You are aware that there is no such language as Indian right.
Then what the hell do they speak over there, cause it sure as hell isnt english.




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You could always try construction. It is a bit seasonal, but they make good money in the spring, summer, and fall.

Also, if you have your degree, you can try to go get a job a a plant supervisor for a number of manufacturing/distribution companies. Supervisors are usually outdoors most of the day checking on loads and such.
My buddy is going to COD for construction management. I've been told it's very hard to get into unless you really know someone.

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