RIP School Survival Forums
August 2001 - June 2017

The School Survival Forums are permanently retired. If you need help with quitting school, unsupportive parents or anything else, there is a list of resources on the Help Page.

If you want to write about your experiences in school, you can write on our blog.

To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

The forums are mostly read-only and are in a maintenance/testing phase, before being permanently archived. Please use this time to get the contact details of people you'd like to keep in touch with. My contact details are here.

Please do not make a mirror copy of the forums in their current state - things will still change, and some people have requested to be able to edit or delete some of their personal info.


Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Jobs
Author Message
Dreamer567 Offline
Rebel

Posts: 31
Joined: Feb 2009
Thanks: 0
Given 0 thank(s) in 0 post(s)
Post: #1
Jobs

Hello everyone. Newbie here. I'm so glad I found this site. I didn't know so many people felt as strongly about school as I do. It's comforting. Anyway, although there are many great alternatives I am regretfully stuck in school at least until I graduate high school. I can't stand the thought of it but I only have 2 more years so I'll deal. I absolutely do not want to go to college. I go to a school with a 100% college bound rate (or so they say) so it has been instilled in me that if I don't go to college I will have no future. I find this statement highly unlikely. Can anyone tell me some good jobs that only require a high school diploma?

www.screamfreedom.webs.com Check it out
02-13-2009 02:15 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
classclown Offline
Fanatic

Posts: 1,784
Joined: Jan 2009
Thanks: 0
Given 7 thank(s) in 7 post(s)
Post: #2
Re: Jobs

you can pretty much do whatever you want. its up to you the richest people i know didnt go to college.

life is just blah blah blah. we hope for blah, and sometimes we find it. but mostly its blah. and waiting for blah. and hoping you were right about the blahs you made. and when you think you just got the whole blah damn thing figured out, and your surrounded by the ones you blah. death shows up and blah blah blah.
-weeds-

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. -socrates-

Schooling us to prepare us for the career in need
Not caring about our interests and dreams to heed
02-13-2009 02:22 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Dreamer567 Offline
Rebel

Posts: 31
Joined: Feb 2009
Thanks: 0
Given 0 thank(s) in 0 post(s)
Post: #3
Re: Jobs

I guess that's true. I'm just so scared. I've been told all my life that college is mandatory, that I can't have a good life without it. Breaking free is harder than it looks. Thank you for your reply.

www.screamfreedom.webs.com Check it out
02-13-2009 02:43 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
AWOL Offline
The Spooning Bard

Posts: 8,487
Joined: Mar 2008
Thanks: 0
Given 36 thank(s) in 34 post(s)
Post: #4
Re: Jobs

Get inside your head and kick the ass of that brainwashing asshole they implanted inside you.

Anyway, I suggest getting some job experience before you leave school. And I mean some real experience, not the crap kids think is experience these days. Supermarkets and McDonalds... I tell ya.

[Image: 9be30a7.png]
[Image: LyingFloraBanner.jpg]
02-13-2009 03:03 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Steven Offline
Revolutionary

Posts: 207
Joined: Oct 2006
Thanks: 0
Given 0 thank(s) in 0 post(s)
Post: #5
Re: Jobs

http://eu.blizzard.com/en/jobs/index.html Biggrin
02-13-2009 09:53 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
SoulRiser Offline
Site Founder

Posts: 18,240
Joined: Aug 2001
Thanks: 2674
Given 1978 thank(s) in 1208 post(s)
Post: #6
Re: Jobs

Browse around gumtree.com. I don't know if there's a US equivalent, but there are tons of jobs there that don't require college, and some of them may be pretty interesting depending on what you like.

"If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them." - Dalai Lama
Help & Support - Get help with leaving school, unsupportive parents, and more.
Click here if school makes you depressed or suicidal

Support School Survival on Patreon or Donate Bitcoin Here: 1Q5WCcxWjayniaL92b8GfXBiGdfjmnUNa2
"Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." - André Paul Guillaume Gide
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination." - Albert Einstein
"I'm pretty sure there's a lot of beauty that can only be found in the mind of a lunatic." - TheCancer
EIPD - Emotionally Incompetent Parent Disorder

Push Button for Collection of Useful Links:
Hidden stuff:
02-15-2009 04:01 AM
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Aya Offline
Banned

Posts: 2,712
Joined: Aug 2005
Thanks: 3
Given 45 thank(s) in 36 post(s)
Post: #7
Re: Jobs

Dreamer567 Wrote:Hello everyone. Newbie here. I'm so glad I found this site. I didn't know so many people felt as strongly about school as I do. It's comforting. Anyway, although there are many great alternatives I am regretfully stuck in school at least until I graduate high school. I can't stand the thought of it but I only have 2 more years so I'll deal. I absolutely do not want to go to college. I go to a school with a 100% college bound rate (or so they say) so it has been instilled in me that if I don't go to college I will have no future. I find this statement highly unlikely. Can anyone tell me some good jobs that only require a high school diploma?

Look into the skilled trades. They're very lucrative especially in this economy. People are always going to need plumbers, electricians and HVAC technicians. Usually training on the job with a year or two of classroom instruction (if any) recommended. Then you get your licence and work on your own from there.

My step brother owns his own business doing escavation work and repairing septic tanks. It's worth over a $1 million. All he has is a high school diploma and an honorable discharge from the USMC.
02-18-2009 08:35 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Alucard483 Offline
Site Mod

Posts: 5,469
Joined: May 2006
Thanks: 6
Given 92 thank(s) in 65 post(s)
Post: #8
Re: Jobs

Culinary

Mind you that you have to start out low and work your way up. My friend Scott started as dishwasher at age 16 and made his way up the line. He was sous chef at the resort for a while and recently got promoted. He is now Chef De Part-ay (I ave no idea how to spell it but its pronounce just like it looks) and as such is in charge of Bay Harbor Convention Center and makes about $75-100K a year depending on how booked they are. He is 23 drives a $30K car and owns his own house.

Whilst some work diligently there are those who ask why. I am one of them
(\__/) This is Bunny. Paste Bunny into your signature
(='.'=) to help him gain world domination.
(")_(")
Soul#2: I already have a grip. Doc:and a porno mag and a tube of lube I'm sure"
Lifes a bitch, then you marry one
This has been a test of the emergency pointless argument system. Had this been a real pointless argument, someone would have been called a facist.
Ceiling Cat: For that you need to wear a fursuit, though.

Inside sources say that Carla Franklin has had more dick in her than a public urinal.
02-18-2009 03:32 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
random_name Offline
Fanatic

Posts: 7,744
Joined: May 2008
Thanks: 0
Given 15 thank(s) in 15 post(s)
Post: #9
Re: Jobs

sorry for the off-topicness but - what car?

Hidden stuff:
"A 'no' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it."

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
-Ben Franklin

"when I was a kid I used to pray for a bicycle. then I realized that god doesn't work that way. so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness."
"I would rather die for something I believe in than live for anything else."
"What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored." – F W Nietzsche
[Image: s-event.png]
02-18-2009 10:40 PM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Alucard483 Offline
Site Mod

Posts: 5,469
Joined: May 2006
Thanks: 6
Given 92 thank(s) in 65 post(s)
Post: #10
Re: Jobs

Jeep Commander with all leather interior seating, rims, sub woofers and GPS. Its fucking hardcore.

Whilst some work diligently there are those who ask why. I am one of them
(\__/) This is Bunny. Paste Bunny into your signature
(='.'=) to help him gain world domination.
(")_(")
Soul#2: I already have a grip. Doc:and a porno mag and a tube of lube I'm sure"
Lifes a bitch, then you marry one
This has been a test of the emergency pointless argument system. Had this been a real pointless argument, someone would have been called a facist.
Ceiling Cat: For that you need to wear a fursuit, though.

Inside sources say that Carla Franklin has had more dick in her than a public urinal.
02-19-2009 01:35 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
random_name Offline
Fanatic

Posts: 7,744
Joined: May 2008
Thanks: 0
Given 15 thank(s) in 15 post(s)
Post: #11
Re: Jobs

Wow - now im jealous.

Hidden stuff:
"A 'no' uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a 'yes' merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it."

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
-Ben Franklin

"when I was a kid I used to pray for a bicycle. then I realized that god doesn't work that way. so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness."
"I would rather die for something I believe in than live for anything else."
"What is the task of higher education? To make a man into a machine. What are the means employed? He is taught how to suffer being bored." – F W Nietzsche
[Image: s-event.png]
02-19-2009 04:24 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Will Offline
Fanatic

Posts: 1,362
Joined: Jan 2006
Thanks: 1
Given 29 thank(s) in 16 post(s)
Post: #12
Re: Jobs

First, while I would rather not be in college right now, I must admit that it is infinitely better than primary and secondary school. That hardly says anything, of course. The point is that it won't be so bad if you go to college, especially as you'll get to be away from your parents.

Second, don't look for a job that doesn't require a college degree. Decide what you like doing, and then figure out how to make money doing it. This may involve inventing a job. If you run your own business in some form, people generally don't care about academic certifications.

Third, you don't necessarily have to be working whenever you're not in school; you spend money to attend school, and you work to make money, so you could also spend just a little of money to live and still spend a lot less than you do on school. A college tuition spent on better things would easily sustain you for 10 years if you managed it properly, so you don't have to start working right away.
03-29-2009 07:13 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Aya Offline
Banned

Posts: 2,712
Joined: Aug 2005
Thanks: 3
Given 45 thank(s) in 36 post(s)
Post: #13
Re: Jobs

SoulRiser Wrote:Browse around gumtree.com. I don't know if there's a US equivalent, but there are tons of jobs there that don't require college, and some of them may be pretty interesting depending on what you like.

There is a US equivalent;

www.snagajob.com Smile
04-01-2009 02:39 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
xcriteria Offline
Fanatic

Posts: 3,090
Joined: Oct 2005
Thanks: 814
Given 930 thank(s) in 612 post(s)
Post: #14
Re: Jobs

There are also ways to find work aside from applying to traditional jobs. It's not always easy but if you have some skills, or just want to start out as an assistant, you can do things for individuals in exchange for money -- help with computers, errands, office work, cleaning, babysitting, renovation projects, painting, yard work, moving, etc. You'll rarely see stuff like that posted anywhere -- it takes getting to know people where you live or maybe doing some advertising. And if you find one or a few people to work regularly for, it could add up.

Most of those things won't pay super-well, but it could be better than a fast food job... especially for starting out. And who knows, if you demonstrate your work ethic in those capacities people could help you find jobs where they work or with other people they know. Also you might have a more flexible schedule for pursuing your interests or doing higher-paying work.

There are also a lot of freelance jobs you can do with the right skills... video editing, 3D modeling, web sites, graphic design, programming, and many other things. The key for this work is to develop a portfolio and shop it around -- clients care what you can do, not what degree you have. The catch is that it takes a lot of learning to get good at these high-paying skills.
04-05-2009 12:46 AM
Find all posts by this user Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Non-Jobs Evy 3 2,411 05-12-2013 01:02 AM
Last Post: xcriteria

Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Contact Us | School Survival | Return to Top | Return to Content | Mobile Version | RSS Syndication