How did you figure out what you wanted to do? (thinking about a big change)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@oracle:  this is so funny. I was literally just going to post the same question and then I saw yours!

My problem is the same as yours – and you sound so much like me it’s weird. You want to help people but you also want to do something you love.

The name I found for people like us is “scanners” or “multipods.” Meaning we have so many interests that it’s overwhelming. In society we are expected to choose ONE thing when really that’s not easy for people like us.

The advice I keep coming across is to start your own business and incorporate all of your interests by tying them together with an overarching theme. I am still trying to figure out how to do this! My interests are also all over the map – cooking, art, photography, singing and acting. It changes every day and it’s so frustrating.

What seems to be common in all of your interests is the need to help people. So I guess which job do you think you are best suited for? For example you might love cooking but you are too high-stress to handle the pressure of being a chef.

More advice: Don’t sit and think about what career you want because that will get you nowhere. You have to actually go out and do it. Shadow or intern on your weekends before you take a giant leap into something you might not want to do. Another thing – what do you find yourself talking about all the time? What do you get excited about? I have found that most of my conversations revolve around food- when I visit a new city I always want to find the best restaurants and local cafes. I never took it seriously but I think it’s very telling. What do you look at online when you’re bored? What do you do voluntarily at home?

I’m still trying to figure this out too so I can’t give you a solution! But this is what I’ve learned so far.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@oracle:  looking at your interests – what about being a nutritionist ?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@oracle:  I have not figured this out for myself, and I doubt I ever will to be honest (I’m happy in most jobs, but I think I’ll never find that perfect niche for myself).  Just wanted to comment and say good luck!!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@oracle:  I’ve always wanted to open my own bakery! I love to bake too!

I am like you too, I can do many things well.  I am going back to business school next year and hoping I’ll find the change i need for my career.

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m lucky. I’ve know the field I wanted to go into since I was 14. Currently I work in a large Children’s Hospital and I really love it! So I’d vote medical field. But I’m biased!

I would, think about what you actually like doing day-to-day. What sort of hours do you want to work? Are you okay with overtime/weekends/nights/etc? How much stress are you willing to handle? Do you want to work independently or with a team? Do you want your job to be more physical or more mental? How much stability do you need? How much salary? Do you want to work with the general public? Do you want to work for a big company or a small business? Do you need to get insurance through your work? 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

What is your current job? Unfortunately your experience may have to shape your future job more than your interests. Also, are you willing to do more schooling? That will make a big difference in what you can do.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@oracle:  There are tons of non-profits out there that run community gardens and go into schools and stuff to teach kids about good nutrition, health, etc. Maybe something like that?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Excalibur

I’ve been thinking the same everyday. As I approach 30, all I know is I don’t want to do this the rest of my life.Hell,  I don’t want to be doing this next year! All I know is I looove animals but can’t figure out what I could do with animals that pays the bills. I’d love to be a vet tech butt I can’t survive on $9-$12/hour. I make most of the money so I feel as if i’m pretty limited in doing something I love yet being able to pay the bills and save.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@oracle:  You could always study nutrition and then use your own experience and unique insights to make it your own! You could be very successful doing that. I don’t think you have to stick to the school’s doctrine once you graduate.

I am still struggling to figure out what to do! most recently I thought of combining my food, video and comedic passions into a blog – there is money to be made in blogging but it can definitely be hard! I feel like I have multiple personality disorder sometimes, and I know I’m driving my fiance nuts with all of my mind-changing lol. One day I come home and say i want to be a chef and the next I want to be a photographer It’s exhausting but I feel so lost! So yeah, figuring out where interests and money interesect is definitely the big challenge for me. The other thing is deciding which passions will be hobbies and which will be work. So it adds this whole other dimension of complexity which gets me very confused. At least you took the first step and decided what you are currently doing is not what you want to be doing!

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Based on your stability answer I would only start your own business if you had 2-3 years of your salary in savings! Running your own business is inherently unstable and most fail. But it sounds like you’ve got a lot of reasonable expectations beyond that. There are plenty of medical jobs where you aren’t interacting with very sick people all the time, so I wouldn’t rule it out completely! Looking at the possibilities you listed I think of a registered dietician/nutritionist working in a hospital. It would probably require some additional education (another good question – do you want to pursue more education?) but would involve nutrition and medical and while you don’t actually so any cooking, you do talk about cooking and recipes. And you could work for a non-profit hospital!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

im the same as you, i like my job and what i do but its not a passion of mine, its more just to pay the bills etc.

when my husband and i get back from our overseas adventure (we leave in 2 weeks for 6 months) i am going to study online/correspondance nutrition and personal training and open up my own business – not full time, ill still work but on the side after work/weekends etc, slowly and build it up.

then i have something i can do when im off work when we eventually have kids. im gonna start up a yummy mummys boot camp etc for mums who want to get back in shape etc.

you should do something like that too!!! if thats a passion!

my friends an amazing makeup artist and she is going to slowly start her own business and build it up too.

i figure lifes too short and if i dont start now i never will 🙂

 

heres the business logo i created (already haha!) for my business 🙂

 

 

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