Are these my only choices? 1) learn Spanish 2) get a degree 3) move to where Spanish is less common?

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  1. gizmo J

    gizmo J Orange Belt

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    (I am NOT trying to start a conversation about race or immigration so please do not bring it up.)

    I am a 21 year old black male living in Los Angeles and I have have been struggling to hold a job since I was 18 I have no car and only a couple hundred dollars of welfare.

    I have been going from youth shelter to youth shelter,
    low paying temp job to low paying temp job
    low cost job training to low cost job training

    for 4 years and I'm SICK OF IT!

    All the money I try to save up ends up burning away.

    It seems to me that the primary reason I cannot land a stable job that pays a living wage is because I don't speak Spanish which is almost mandatory for all jobs that do not require a college degree that pays at least $30k a year.

    Would you guys agree that the only option for people like me is to either:
    1. Learn Spanish
    2. Obtain a degree
    3. Move to a city where Spanish is less prevalent
    4. Join the military?
     
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  2. KungFuJones

    KungFuJones Blue Belt

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    Those are all good options
     
  3. gizmo J

    gizmo J Orange Belt

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    I'm not saying I'm in a really bad situation sorry If I gave that impression, I'm just trying to make sure I understand what my problems are and what I can do to change it.
     
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  4. Son of Jamin

    Son of Jamin Make MMA Great Again

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    First off all, it's commendable that you are working on improving your quality of life!

    As for your option, they all sounds like good steps in the right direction.

    Perhaps moving to an area where the requirements for Spanish are not as prevalent, get a temp job while you try to get a degree. It sounds easier than it's but you seem to be willing to put the work in so.
     
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    There you go. More than 30k, Los Angeles, no degree required, no spanish needed. Welcome to being an electrician.
     
  6. Blackened

    Blackened It is a new era! Double Yellow Card

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    Learn a trade skill? Take welding classes at a community college or something?

    Other than that, your four options sound pretty sound, follow any one of them out and you should be fine.
     
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  7. ShinkanPo

    ShinkanPo Coronalicious!

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    1.If it is still practically posible get a degree.
    2.Learn Spanish.

    I just think that is the two best options.
     
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  8. RangerDanAndHisBigDogDick

    RangerDanAndHisBigDogDick Black Belt

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  9. KBE6EKCTAH_CCP

    KBE6EKCTAH_CCP ^Korean Chef Kevin Lee, NOT Fighter Kevin Lee

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    OP, all your options sound good. I would say get a degree as a priority.

    You are VERY young and anyone telling you that 21 is too late to get a degree is not even worth listening to.

    On the spanish thing : I always recommend learning languages for fun, but just know that learning a language as an adult will require a legit immersion for you to make anything concrete out of it, in your case using it at work.

    I know because I moved to another country in my mid-20s and learned the language from scratch. It is not particularly difficult, depending on how good you are at learning languages, but you need to put yourself in situations where you are FORCED to speak the language you are learning (that is the definition of immersion, IMO). And it takes time. If you are aware of these facts, learning spanish can certainly bring you more opportunities.

    Good luck, and don't forget that you are young as f**k, you can still become anything you want in life, or almost.
     
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  10. applesbananas

    applesbananas Brown Belt

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    I was in your shoes (although I was going to college instead of working, but still broke and unsure of what I wanted to do.) I decided to join the Air Force for 4 years. Its really not that bad. I got stationed in Germany. I've been to 14 countries now. I learned a good trade and I have prior military service on my resume so now I can get out of the Air Force and find a decent job while I finish my degree. They pay for you to go to college.

    I'm obviously biased but if I were in your shoes I would definitely look into the military. Hell, you can join the military, learn Spanish, and get a degree.
     
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    ^^ What this dude said. If you can pay to go to college. Definitely go that route. If you would have to take out student loans, get in debt, and work so you are unable to focus completely on school, I would join the military. You save money, go to college during, and after your service as well as travel and meet a lot of cool people from around the US or world.
     
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    HMM...have you thought of the military? Sounds like you may need a bit of a hand to get going.

    edit: just noticed others already mentioned it.
    editx2: sex worker
     
  13. Cuzcatlan

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    Well their is a reason why blacks are leaving Los Angeles.
     
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    Rob some rich priviliged white dude
     
  16. ripskater

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    You may or may not want a degree.

     
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  18. Hans Gruber

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    Sorry you are having trouble. Maybe think of moving to the midwest. Start practicing Spanish at your own pace.
     
  19. ripskater

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    Hey gizmo, props to you for wanting to better yourself. Never quit. I hope you live your dreams. All the best man in whatever you decide to do.
     
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    Honestly, if I didnt have the foundation I did, I would join the military. They'll pay for your school, you can effectively do whatever job you want provided you have the aptitude for it, and if you decide to go for the long haul, you'll be in a good place when you retire. If you're not very good with authority, then I would follow the trade school advice or get into coding (or both tbh).

    It's kinda hard without knowing what your background or interests are, can you elaborate?
     
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