- 4 years ago
Hey Bees! I need the collective hive to help me brainstorm.
I’m a 22 year old administrative assistant living in Ontario, Canada. I have a high school education and I only managed to get this job because I work for family. I have attended three different post-secondary institutions since I graduated, and I excelled in every program I was in — made it onto the Dean’s List every time — but I couldn’t see myself finishing the programs and actually pursuing a career in a related field. I simply didn’t have the passion for it; without passion, or even much belief in myself for that matter, I don’t want to accumulate student debt. So in the end, I dropped out of every program I tried.
Truth be told, I don’t feel a particular calling to anything and I don’t feel like I have any particular skills (neither innate, nor learned) on which I could base a career. I’m really at a loss in that regard so I remain in my standard 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday, 9-5 job with literally no opportunity to advance.
Where I live, minimum wage is $10.25; I should consider myself lucky that I make $12 an hour. Despite it, every time I try to formulate a budget for when my SO and I move in together and I finally move out of my parents’ house (we’re presently house hunting), I come up short. I mean, all my fixed expenses are covered, but I’d like to have some extra money with which I can spend on actually having a life rather than just surviving…
There is no opportunity for overtime at my present job. I don’t want to leave it because I genuinely don’t think I could find better paying work that is equally as comfortable without an education. I’d be willing to go back to school (as long as its something I could do online or in the evenings and that I could finish in a year or less), but if I can’t figure that out, I just want something to supplement my income. Something that wouldn’t interfere with my fixed hours at the office, and preferably something pretty flexible. It doesn’t have to pay a lot, just something to give my income a boost.
Anyone have any suggestions for me? I’m feeling so bummed out.