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    I am 18, a high school graduate, and unemployed. I have been trying to get classes at the local community college, but I don't think that will be happening any time soon. I tried applying to a real college for next fall, but no college in my area is accepting applications until next year. I have decided that if I don't get a steady job by around this time next year, I am going to join the Air Force. I love astronomy and I am looking to start a career in astrophysics. My question is: are there any astronomy related jobs that I could get right now, with no prior experience or education? I need a job to hold me over for the next few years before I can get into a decent college, and I would prefer it to be something I'm not going to hate and get stuck at for the rest of my life. Anything even remotely related to astronomy or any science for that matter (no pun intended). Please help, any suggestions?

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    Welcome to the forums!
    Have you decided yet on what job in the Air Force, (great step by the way)? There are a lot of things in the Air Force that can get you started. They have one of the best Meteorolgy schools. Nasa tends to look towards the military for candidates.
    Sorry but thats about the limit of my knowledge of science jobs. Hopefully someone can chime in with some better info.
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    In the United States the difference between a community college and a "real college" is about $26,000 per year, and that is it. Or if by real college you mean state university that cuts the difference down to about $13,000 per year. The reason I say this is because you will be a graduate from the last college you attend where you get your highest degree. If you get your gen eds out of the way at a community college, then transfer to a university to finish your degree, then to another grad school, your final degree will be from that university or grad school. The difference is you will have saved thousands of dollars. If you are having trouble coming up with the cash for a private college or university a community college is a good starting point. As you mentioned, the military also has good deals and can help pay for college.

    If you want a career in astronomy, you need to go to school.

    I don't know what your income is, but government aid is income related. Many of the poorest students in our school work weekends and have enough financial aid to pay for their classes, books, and travel expenses to and from class. Almost all of my students work while attending school.

    I am a firm believer that most, though perhaps not everyone, will benefit from some sort of post high school training. It isn't a guaranteed job, but it does allow more options, especially in a time of economic unrest.
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    As Rob said.

    Here in California it works very well to go to a community college for the first two years and then transfer to a UC. It helps to know what UC you want to end up at since some community colleges work more closely with certain UC's.

    The closest junior college to where I am is aligned with UC Davis. It really does pretty well in the sciences so you can go to the JC and be pretty well-prepared for the UC when you get there.

    The chAir Force is fairly honorable (old Army guy here ) and might make a good career. And if you look for opportunities you may be able to accumulate some college credits while you are serving, should you choose that route.

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    If I'm not mistaken, Citrus College has an Astronomy program. Try for some classes there first, take your core classes that will transfer. I am also from Glendora, GHS Class of '79. And the Air Force is a great choice as well, my son is in the Coast Guard and is having the time of his life right now. His goal is Port Security when he gets out in 3 years and he is well on his way. And with "some" college, he came in as an E-3 so he gets more $$$. Make your choices wisely, because they count from now on, for the rest of your life. But that's just my opinion.

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    As Rob points out, Community College is an excellent start. The competition for good grades and to get support from the instructors is much lower. While I battled to progress through three years at the University of Michigan, I then completed two Associates Degrees at a local Community College with straight 4.0 GPAs.

    A Community College can show you a subset of choices to study. Rather than waste expensive College fees to find yourself, the goal can be efficiently accomplished at a local Community College.

    When you move on to the "Junior College" of your choice, you start again with a clean slate. Struggled with Calculus, English Composition or Chemistry/Physics? Doesn't matter. When you enter the next Level of College, you start with a 4.0 all over again. Nice!

    And as pointed out, while I started with three years at UofM, and then completed two Associates Degrees, it's the final Bachelor of Business Administration that gets considered at the interview. And because I got much of the hard work out of the way and started at Cleary University with a fresh 4.0, I was able to pull off a Magna Cum Laude finish. It would have been impossible for me to achieve that at the UofM. And I finished without having any lingering student loans to drag me down... Just personal experience to consider.

    Good luck with your choices. Our Politicians have dug this Country into one heck of a very deep hole. I would never have thought that after Clinton, we could go downhill to this extent. I do not envy the youth facing the new reality. So I truly mean it when I wish you Good Luck. AlanP

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    My original plan was to go to community college and get the GE out of the way then transfer to a four year, but as I stated previously I cannot get any classes. I have tried for the past 2 semesters and have come up with nothing. I'm not saying by any means saying that community college first isn't the best choice, it is, but the amount of classes available is 0. And getting into the astronomy program at Citrus is not possible, especially for a first time student. Not being able to get any classes is kind of forcing my hand into the Air Force.

 

 

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