I don't know what I want to be when I grow up…how did YOU figure it out?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1737 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

MrsHalpert:  I am 35 and own my own business (fairly successful) and I have still have not made my mind up about it either.

Post # 3
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I don’t have advice but I’m in the same boat! I majored in English in college but have yet to find my dream job. I’m just encouraged by the stats that most professionals nowadays work in a wide variety of fields throughout their lives.  

It just feels odd to not be able to identify a job that coincides with your passion. Good luck and hopefully someone here will have solid advice for you!

Post # 4
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I work as a genetic counselor and I love it! I’m one of those weird people who fell in love with genetics at the age of 13. I’ve varied a bit about what, exactly, I want to do (med school, research, etc.), but it’s always been centered around genetics and I think being a genetic counselor is the perfect combination of sciency stuff and social/people focused stuff. Do you ever hear someone talk about their job and think “Man, that would be a great job?”

Post # 5
1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I remember a conversation with my dad at a wedding when I was 18.  He was giving me a lecture about how I had to figure out exactly what I wanted to do then and there.  I went around asking people at the wedding (everyone else was aged 35+) at what age they figured out what they wanted and every single person said they still didn’t know.  I think you just have to go for it one step of a time and sort of feel your way out, except for those odd freaks who are proffessional piano players at 11 and stuff lol.

Post # 6
3354 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am 36, have two degrees and still don’t know what I want to do with my (career) life. I am filling in time and making money. I think that is what 95% of people do indefinitely!

Post # 7
116 posts
Blushing bee

I have done a science degree and have a job in a hospital lab now, but I know I won’t be doing it forever.  Problem is, I also don’t know what I want to do!  I am having a go at a Diploma of Business by distance, it will take about 2 years part time so I will see if that is something I can do.

Post # 8
94 posts
Worker bee

Sometimes, you fall into it. The best thing to do is keep an open mind no matter what type of job you’re working to pay the bills.

I majored in English as well (originally I was trying to take the creative writing route too, becasue that’s where my passion lies) and I was terrified I would never find a job I liked. I thought I had it figured out when I went to graduate school to get a masters in library science. Unfotunately, there were no entry level jobs to be had once I got out. I ended up taking a part-time job as a bather at a dog grooming salon. It was meant to be a filler till I found my library job, but I realized how much I loved what I was doing. This summer they’re training me to become a full groomer, and while I occasionally have doubts about abandoning my degree, I enjoy what I do.

The best advice I can give is to find something worthwhile in your current job, even if it’s simply that the job itself gives you the means to do what you actually like in your free time. And always keep an open mind – you may end up liking something you never knew was a possibility!

Post # 9
2474 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m an animator. I remember being completely enamored by 3D animated movies as a kid (starting with Toy Story, and on) and I knew that’s what I wanted to do. Finally got into school for it, and I’ve been at my job for almost 4 years now doing exactly that. I feel that I’ve gotten quite lucky that it was a relatively straight path for me, and I’m thankful for my job every day!!

Post # 10
821 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MrsHalpert:  I’m in education. I teach second grade and I’m also the English Language Learner Director.  Honestly, I’m not in my dream job, but I’m happy and I don’t dread going to work. I enjoy my work and many of my coworkers have become close friends. I like having vacations every eight weeks or so and having a stress- free summer. For me, it was about finding a job where I can make room for other things. Don’t get me wrong, I put many hours into planning and teaching, but I love that I have vacations to look forward to and I enjoy getting a new group of kids every year. I feel refreshed and energized at the beginning of every school year and I also feel like it’s kind of a new job each year. A new group of kids = a new set of challenges (in a good way).

That said, I went to law school the year after I graduated. Obviously, considering that I teach second grade, law school was definitely not for me. I did a lot of thinking that year about what kind of life I wanted. I knew that I wanted kids at some point and I didn’t want my career to take over my life. I made a list of what I wanted and teaching ended up being the perfect job for me. That’s how I decided what kind of job I wanted. It’s not an easy task, but I think it’s important to decide what your priorities are. Then, find a job that fits.

Post # 11
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I started school as a biochem/pharmacy major and quickly switched to Speech Path. I had a very brief period I thought about being a teacher, but job market is terrible and just didn’t want to deal with that. My mom got an English education degree. Worked in HR for a few years then was a SAHM. I really enjoy my speech path major. Having to get a master’s makes things a bit more difficult, but it’s an in-demand field and a good mix for me of science and people. 

Post # 12
3831 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

MrsHalpert:  I was an English major in college with concentrations in Creative Writing and Publishing. I ended up as a volunteer teacher for 1 year through AmeriCorps, then went to grad school and got my MA in Professional Writing and Editing.

Now I’m a magazine editor and I LOVE it! It wasn’t a straight path, though. I spent three years working on proposals for a contracting company first. It was okay, but not my dream job at all.

Post # 13
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

In all honesty, I knew what my calling was when I was a child I have changed my mind many many times but always came back to this.

I want to be a Mother. I know it’s not a career and EVERYONE moans at me that I should do more in life but honestly, I want nothing more than to be a good Mother and a Wife. I know because it’s the only thing I keep coming back to and the only thing that keeps my interest. Obviously this probably isn’t the answer you are looking for but I thought I’d give my two cents.

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