Ok, I'm 20 and I've just quit university after my second year. Wait hear me out... I was doing a degree in English and after being harrassed by my lecturer and trying everything in my power to pass, I just realised I was not at the right place - I was travelling 3 hrs to get to uni - painful as it was, I stuck at it for two years, but now I know I want to work in travel, and I thought I'd get out out of university since, my confidence was being shattered at every lecture and I was finding everything extremely difficult. Plus these days, everyone wants experienced people to work for them.
But now it seems I'm at a loose end-what do I do, sure I know I want to work in travel and I could do a course or get work experience, there's no problem there, but everything seems upside down. I want to travel and I see people jetting off and wish I was going too, but then I think who's going to come with me if I do. Everyone's tying themselves down at 18, 19, 20 etc... But I want more than that. I am I going to be stuck in my supermarket part-time job forever? Can I get to see the world and find the right job for me? I don't want to mess up again.
First of all, relax. Just like you quit university, you can quit whatever else you get yourself into. So don't worry too much about making a decision that is irreversible, because there isn't one (except suicide, so don't do that).
Now, do you want to work in travel, or do you want to travel? I guess, is your prime motivator that you want to travel and see the world, and figure that working in travel is a good way to do it. Or, do you really have a desire to help people plan their trips and guide them around?
People who work in travel do get to travel, true, but they spend most their time arranging other people's travel. Or you could be a guide somewhere, but that still means that you have to be in one place guiding most of the time. You could work as a flight attendant, but then you don't really get much time to see the places you fly to. The good thing about these jobs is that you would probably get a chance to get discounted travel.
Before you leap, why don't you do some research. Talk to the local college about their travel course. See if you can't talk to a travel agent about what they do. This will give you an idea if what you want is really to work in travel.
Oh, and travelling by yourself is way better than travelling with people, anyway. Let your friends settle down. Your better off meeting people on the road.
Enjoy your travels!
If you're sure about working in travel then I say go about it the way Greg suggested: find out about the course and what the situation is like for travel agents and all. Another course to look into is translation. But that might limit your travels as well. A choice that a lot of Canadians make is to teach english as a second language in other countries. The majority of them go to Japan, but other countries are always open to that possibility as well. And it's really about getting your certification to teach english (i think it takes about a year to get) as a 2nd language and then you can go and do that anywhere. You can go live in a particular place for a while, and then change your destination and teach elsewhere. Of course you would need to speak the native language as well so that would be extra classes, but it pays off. Sometimes a change in scenery is all you need. The need to travel won't disappear, but you won't feel so distressed about having left uni and you definitely won't be working in a supermarket anymore! Good luck!
Hey to Greg and Tamar
Thank you very much for your replies to my outburst. I'm not exactly religious, but this site is like, you put your questions out into the void and suddenly a more experienced and rational reply comes back. You have both made me look at things in a totally different way and I need to go back and have a bit more of a think. But it's a start.xxx
Hey to all
I'm just updating my little message. I recentlyapplied for some work experience with the help of a family friend, within the travel industry. Although the company could not help me in that way, they offered me full time employment for a trial period working in the admin. department, dealing with plane tickets and invoices. So at the moment I'm working there and figuring out the next step-but it's more money than my old job and I can save up for travelling!
I'm glad to hear you found a better job, I currently work for a British Airline (I work in the U.S. HQ). and all my travels have been arranged through Interline rates (rates for employees of the travel industry), before I started working here the longest travel I had done was from New york to Florida, now I have traveled to over 15 cities and all my travels are very affordable.
Airline Employees get many discounts on Hotels, airfare tours ect
if you want more info please let me know
Really, I think that you have the right idea. Keep doing what you are doing. You are a smart person to realise that if you are struggling in your courses in uni then you are in the wrong courses and need to drop out of them. Were you interested in what you were taking? If you were taking travel and really struggled, then I think it would be a good idea to stay at this job you are in and work your way up. If you were taking something else you might need to ask yourself some questions about travel:
What do I like the best about travel?
1. meeting people
2. seeing museums
3. seeing nature and wildlife
Here is what I think you should switch your major to:
Meeting People. Switch to Anthropology (if museums make you mad) or Commerse. Medicine if you love to volunteer and do it regularly and care about people's symptoms when they are ill. Pyschology if you like to counsel people but you know nothing about pyschology. Sociology if you like maps, too.
Seeing Museums. Switch to Archetecture.
Seeing Nature and Wildlife. Be a Park Ranger or switch to zoology.
Politics. Switch to International Relations and get a Business Degree to be a Diplomat.