(Closed) Do you do what you love, and love what you do?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sad there haven’t been any responses to this yet. I was considering posting a similar thread a while back and I’m curious about this, too.

To kinda answer your question, I do love what I do (except those couple days leading up to having to actually come back to work). It works for me right now, however I know I will not be driving towboats for the rest of my life. I want to be a mom, and I can’t do that and also be expected to work 30 days away from home (obviously). So my intrest in this topic is to get an idea of what would be a good move for me once I’m a mom and not working on the boats anymore.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I know exactly how you feel! I’m really really really good at what I do, but I don’t want to be doing it forever. I just have *no* idea what I actually do want to do forever, so I’ll stick with doing what I’m good at … for now.

Sorry, I know that doesn’t really answer your question, but maybe knowing you’re not alone helps?

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m lucky that I’ve been able to figure out what I want to do and also find a job doing what I want to do.  

I feel like one of those dorks who knew my career choice in elementary school.  But, yeah I always wanted to be a therapist and help people out.  In grad school I studied social work, which I really like.  The thing with social work is that it is SUCH a broad field, it’s not necessarily easy to find a job doing what you want to do.  

I graduated last May, and in that time have had three jobs.  (The first two were really not so awesome).  But, now I’m in a job doing exactly what I want to do, and I really do enjoy it.  Not to say it isn’t stressful and overwhelming, though I realize it’s a good thing when I reflect on my really long stressful days and have no desire to quit, and really think, wow I’m enjoying this.  

So…I do think once you figure out what it is your ideal career would be, and you get that good job, it can really feel different.  

I think sometimes it can be hard to figure out the ideal job because people often tend to think somewhat straight forwardly about career choices.  I think sometimes though thinking a bit more creatively can help figure out what a good career choice is.  Like, thinking about hobbies and activities you enjoy or are really good at and seeing if that’s career applicable.  Or thinking of personality traits and fields in which those would blend well.  Or even doing one of those career tests and seeing what that says (which is really not SO creative, but that’s okay).

I know for a lot of people it does take time to find the ideal job and ideal career.  So I hope that you’re able to keep searching and one day do find a job doing what you love to do!  Smile

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Private home

I was about three when I started singing.  Now I make about half my income singing at churches and various gigs while the other half comes from being a wardrobe mistress – a crazy, stressful and incredibly rewarding job that has not only paid for me to go to school but has made me a part of so many amazing shows and allowed me to work with some of the best people I know.  I think it’s safe to say that I not only do what I love but I truly love what I do!!

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Teaching found me. While still in school I started tutoring and really loved the idea of sharing what I knew and helping others gain that knowledge. I tutored all through university, took two years off and did some substitute teaching (Which I loved! that might sound crazy, but it was a fun way to career explore) and then did my teaching degree. I’ve been teaching ever since and go in every morning terribly excited at what the next day is going to bring. That’s corny and cliché as all get out, but it’s the sincere truth. I always tell my students that when they are trying to figure out what they want to do that they should volunteer in a wide variety of settings, that this exposure might help them discover something they could see themselves doing.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My career (web developer / C# programmer) is something I am decent at doing and don’t mind doing. I wouldn’t say I “love” it, but I like it well enough and the pay is good.

I don’t want to do it forever, but I really don’t know what I want to do “when I grow up” LOL.

This is a good video by Mike Rowe on finding your career. He doesn’t say “do what you love”, he says “find what no one else is doing and there is a need for”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-udsIV4Hmc

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I love my job…I am a Physical Education teacher, and adore working with children..I teach pre-k thru grade 8. And of course I get to teach them all kinds of games and ways to be healthy so I really enjoy it…

Post # 10
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Newbee

I am in LOVE with my job. I am an American Sign Language – English Interpreter. I literally get excited to go to work everyday . Every day is different : from .. educational , legal, medical , work shops to drag shows ! haha , I feel very lucky. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I love what I do!! Naturally, I would love to have a life if leisure, but if I gotta work, this is the way to do it.

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I hate my career to the point where it makes me depressed. However, I used to love it. I thrived on it and was obsessed with it. I was a self proclaimed work-aholic. As I got older and my priorities changed, I really started to loathe what I do. Luckily for me though I have a very supportive hubby and I’m finally working on a career change.

Post # 15
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Newbee

@Bella13: That is GREAT Bella!! You will LOVE IT , it is quite challenging but very rewarding. I dont know about where you are from but in Canada and the US there is a severe shortage in ASL – ENG Interpreters. 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Bella13: I work as a registered nurse on an acute inpatient psychiatry unit at a VA hospital.

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