Post # 1
This post – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/what-big-changes-have-been-happening-for-you-in-your-20s – has inspired me to ask my fellow bees for some help.
I graduated from college when I was 19. Since then, I’ve been working in customer service / sales for software companies. I’m 23 now, about to turn 24, and feel like I’m stuck in a rut.
I’d like to go back to school to get a master’s, but I didn’t have time to apply for the upcoming fall program, so I’ll need to apply after our August wedding in time for fall 2011. I’m hoping to get a master’s in public policy/administration. My interests are in real estate, law enforcement, working w/ at-risk youth, education, and possibly the financial sector (although I’m not qualified.)
I would LOVE to take a few weeks off before the wedding, about a month afterwards to study for the GRE and then apply to schools, and then return to work at a new job in October or so. I feel like I can do almost anything – I have a lot of interests/skills, and I’m not quite as worried about making a bunch of money right now. I’m just not sure where to start!
Any advice you gals can offer? Any ideas on what type of job I could hold for 10 months or so between the wedding and grad school? Is anyone else feeling like they’re kind of stuck in their career? (Particularly after reading all of the exciting things that other bees have achieved??)
Post # 4
I don’t really have any advice about finding a job but I just had a practical question. Can you afford to just live on your FI’s salary? Unfortunately, if you quit your job, it might take much longer than a month after the wedding to find something else. The job market is so slow now, especially if you are looking to go into a different field that you might not hear anything in a short amount of time.
Post # 5
MissAsB – we would be able to manage, but it would be extremely tight. While I’d like to, I wouldn’t quit my current job without having something else lined up. I would consider a lower paying job, though, or a temp opportunity like being a TA for a year.
I’m really interested in hearing more about how other people found their “passion,” and what they went through to get there.
Post # 6
A woman I came across once took one look at me and said “You’ll do great things, just not what you think you’re going to do.” At the moment I thought she was just trying to advise me, or “teach” (she’s a little eccentric). But what she said is really true. My interests haven’t changed, I love people and I have always been the helping hand in family and friend- I’m a “fixer”. But I actually was referred to an Occupational Therapist because of anxiety I have, and I fell in loe with the career. I’m lucky enough to have had the opportunity to job-shadow, and it just reinforced my love for it.
Post # 7
Sorry I don’t have advice on finding my passion. I still haven’t found mine! I have a job lined up that is completely different from what I was doing but I haven’t started yet so I don’t know how I will like it.