(Closed) does anyone actually NOT know where they’re headed?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t feel like this at the moment, but I just wanted to give you a little bit of advice that has really helped me.

Those boring jobs like writing stories on senior bridge games can be blessings in disguise.

When I was in college, I had to do a placement at a local non-profit. I always had my sight set on working with abused women or teen moms (as I was both) but because I was last to choose my placement location, I was placed in a multicultural centre. I was so upset because for the first little bit I was doing the boring stuff like photocopying, stuffing envelopes, and random BORING stuff. But I took that opportunity to meet everyone there, learn as much as I could and I took ANY opportunity to work hands on with clients.

Well a few months into my UNPAID placement, they hired me as a counsellor and I have since worked my way up and have changed locations. Even though I wanted to work with a different area, I ended up doing something very similiar and now have the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life (and yes some teen moms and at times abused women).

So basically the point of my story is, if you want to be a writer, I say get back at it. Take those what may seem like shitty jobs and use it as experience to work your way up.

Post # 4
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

me! i have nooooo clue what i want. i have a ba in general studies… and i just applied to a nursing program… but still im just not sure. fi wants me to go for the nursing… i just am not sure what i want…. and my job hunts so far have not been the best…. i get interviews but then get there and find out theres no room to move up… or no benefits…. it just sucks.

Post # 5
3943 posts
Honey bee

I don’t feel like that right now (but I have in the past), but I want to echo what @tranquility: said.

5 years ago I had graduated college with a B.S. and landed a job in a huge, public company. I was an assistant for about 1 1/2 years and my job consisted of making copies, making coffee runs for my boss, and scheduling meetings. The work was seriously mind numbingly boring. I cried and felt like I was wasting my degree doing such a stupid job. But over time, I was assigned to help with different projects, met other people in the company and proved myself. I eventually was promoted and I’m now a manager (at a different company). I still have days where I wonder how/if I really want to continue in this field forever. I don’t have a true passion for it, but I enjoy it and I am challenged.

My point is, you have to start somewhere. If you want to be a writer, a newspaper is a great place to work. Even though you might spend a year or 2 doing re-writes, or covering really lame stories, if you work hard it will pay off. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Post # 6
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I feel exactly the same.  I’ve bounced from job to job and I’m clueless.

I have a natural ability as an artist, but I lack the ‘finess’ that some people naturally have.  I have great experience as an office manager, but no one will hire me, and I truly don’t know why.  I Hate restaurant work but I’ll do it if I have to, and the only place that hired me was a horrible cynical boss.  I had to leave that job quick! 

I’d truly be happy with a consistent job either in office or advertisement, art, or anything like that.  But the job market here is SO small, I can’t seem to get a jo in anything.

Not to mention, I shake like a leaf at interviews, and interviewers seem to look at me like I’m nuts if I mention I want to start part-time college this fall. >.<

My family keeps telling me I should open my own business.

Post # 7
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had 3 majors as an undergrad, have a Ph.D., have invested myself in three different major career/professional tracks, and I’m writing a book (yeah, yeah…since a couple of years, and I’ll never finish it), and have been thinking about opening a wedding dress shop since I got crazy about my own wedding.  LOL.  I feel you, and can say that if I’m any indicator, if you’re born this way, you’ll probably always be this way.

Post # 8
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I went from artist to art therapist back to wanting to be an artist again. Same type of thing kind of, but none of them make any money. So now I’m going to be a Stay-At-Home Mom, I figure I have a while before I have to decide now.

Post # 9
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I guess if you were to consider my current situation, I’m kind of floating along with no clue what will happen in my future.  After college I started a very lucrative but stressful and mind-numbing career in corporate retail.  I made excellent money and the career path was pretty obvious, but I couldn’t take it anymore and left in September to join a small local company and open their third location here in the city. 

I have my own store and LOVE what I do, but I’m not quite sure what I’ll do once this 5 year license is up.  Will I renew for another term?  Will Fiance and I move and I’ll open another location where ever we end up?  Will I become a bigger part of the company (like partner, or owner even)?  Will I end up going back to corporate retail?  Ugh, who knows.  I’m fortunate that Fiance has a FABULOUS career that could support us both, so I don’t have to worry too much…. but I still want to do something meaningful and worthwhile with my work days.  Hm.

Post # 11
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I can really relate to Melini, I have 2 undergrad majors and a minor, a MBA and am currently working on my PhD. I’m not writing a book but I do have lots of random hobbies (building furniture, painting, etc.) that at times I think about as career possibilities that will never be. I have no idea what I want to do but I always seem to turn to education as a way of prolonging that decision. I will be looking for a job again soon and I am already thinking about an industry with lots of fun benefits (airline, hotel, meeting planning, etc.). I don’t know that I will ever feel like I have a life plan but I’ve decised to at least put myself in a situation where I can always earn money efficiently.

Post # 12
11290 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ChantelleyLace: Yeah over here! I left a good job to teach which I thought was a good move, it was the worst decision i’ve made. I now wish I’d stayed in the job I had before.

Post # 13
4150 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I can relate!!!  When I was growing up, I was positive I wanted to be a teacher or a social worker.  I began studies in Social Work at the college here, but since I have A.D.D. I found it so hard to concentrate on studying.  I love to learn, but it’s so hard for me to sit down and focus on my work.  Since then, I’ve been at a job that I love, but I don’t plan on being here forever.  I don’t really know what my next move will be and sometimes I feel lost and like a failure 🙁

Post # 15
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Career-wise, I know, but other than that… Where the eff is the instruction sheet?!

Post # 16
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m TOTALLY the same way.  My job is pretty sweet, but not as fulfilling as I woudl like/  I”m seriously considering medical school but it just seems like a lot you know!  I wish I could just have enough money to explore all the things I want to figure out what to do with myself. 

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