Post # 1
Lately I’ve just been so down in the dumps about my job. Frankly I’m miserable and don’t like what I do but feel stuck. I’m an accountant and when I was in college I felt a lot of pressure from my parents to persue a more traditional job path. Now that I’ve worked a few jobs in the finance industry I’m starting to see how much my personality and strengths are not a good fit of these kinds of jobs and am wishing I pursued my dreams when I was younger.
At the moment I’m trying to look for a new job but am torn b/c I feel like this economy is forcing me to continue doing what I don’t like in order to ensure financial stability. My heart wants to do client management related positions where I get to interact with people. Starting a new industry all over again would require me to take a pay cut and it’s something I can’t afford to do. With the job market the way it is, it’s just not safe to switch fields.
The other day I interviewed for a dream position of mine and felt that I didn’t completely nail it. Now I’m agonizing that I could have done better. I guess I really want this job badly b/c it’s a perfect opportunity for me to pursue what I want to do while still offering me the financial stability I need. I got the interview b/c my friend works for the company and reccomended me for the position. I hear back from them next week but I’m kind of depressed about possibly not getting my dream job.
Sorry for the vent ladies, I don’t want to complain to my Fiance b/c I feel like it’ll just make him stressed out. Any of you bees feel the same way I do about their jobs?
Post # 3
So sorry and I feel your pain. I’m just hoping this is one of those exploring your options and figuring out what I want in life deals. I’m done work at the end of this month and despite not having another job just couldn’t continue with this one and I have enough savings to be fine. Hopefully, it will work out to more happiness in the end but the unknowing part is scary!
Post # 4
At first when I saw this it reminded me of that one commercial, when the guy gets a pop up that has the same title, he clicks on it and then all th sudden the whole company gets a virus. LOL!
Sorry I must watch way too much tv & just needed to share that. Sorry you’re not happy with your job. I hop eyou get your dream job. And as for the whole society making it tough, yeah it will be tough trying to do your dream job, but as long as you keep persueing it & keep pushing towards your goals, you can do it! Just keep your faith in yourself & try to not let your current job get you down. Wish you nothing but the best!!!
Post # 5
I’m sorry you are so stressed. I wouldn’t get down on yourself too much about the interview until you hear something for sure. Since your friend got you the interview, you might be one of the few that interviewed for the position. I know it’s tough out there right now but I think you should keep trying. Maybe you could go back to school to start working toward a degree that would help with this career path? By The Way, I know how you feel, I was working in public accounting for a year and a half and I won’t go back!
Post # 6
hi date twin! i struggled a lot and still do with the same issue!
i went to undergrad and instead of going to law school right away (my 8th grade dream), i went to work because i wanted a break from school and to help my parents with bills/money (they were/are struggling).
needless to say, with a BA degree in history/poli sci; the job opportunities were sparse, so i took what i got. i did 6 months at a mutual fund compnay getting my fin licenses and selling MF/Insurance/etc. (I HATED IT – tho, it’s where i met my FI! :P)… then i got a job as an “analyst” at a F500 IT company. i stayed there for 2.5 years before i was laid off, but i hated it EVERY DAY and was only there because it was my only means to pay the bills.
i landed my current job as a “consultant” in the HR industry and i’m so thankful to have it, but it still isn’t my DREAM job. so 2 weeks ago i started law school. 🙂 i’m still working here and going to law school at night. trying to become one of the lucky few in the world that wakes up excited to go to work, (for more than just the paycheck!)
Post # 7
First off I want to say I am sorry that you are feeling down about your job. As hard as this may sound, try to think positive! You didn’t hear back from them yet..maybe you are just being hard on yourself because you really want this position! Take a deep breathe and just think you may be getting upset over nothing! 🙂 I am sure you will find something if this job doesn’t work out! Keep your head up and GOOD LUCK!
Post # 8
I feel your pain. I’m not working right now. I too, felt pressured by my family to pursue a traditional career path and it did not make me happy. I am a returning student, and have been doing very well, but I still feel a little worried because I… have loans and I am not making money right now. It is difficult to be in limbo, but I know I am doing what I love. I believe that if you prepare for what you want, you will get it.
Post # 9
I was feeling the same way a few months ago. For a very long time. I’m an engineer and was definitely unhappy. I wanted some people interaction and leaned towards healthcare. Took some classes, applied to a program.
But, Darling Husband was unemployed and my salary is what paid our mortgage and bills. We could not afford a pay cut. It would have been the most irresponsible thing I could do.
So, i set up some meetings with managers at work, got some mentoring, and am now being transitioned to another team with a different environment. So i’m not going back to school, BUT there is some hope and I feel MUCH better about my job! Having options is a wonderful option. And companies want to keep you, even if it means moving you.
What makes you so sure you want to do client management? Is there anything at your current company that would allow you to transition over a little? Just be sure it’s what you REALLY want. I mean the reality of it every single day.
I feel like pursuing a dream job is always a wonderful thing IF you can actually pay the bills on it. Is the pay cut so huge you can’t make it work? Or, to compensate for the lost salary, you could consider a waitressing job or bagging groceries for a little bit. yes, you will work more, but there are sacrifices you have to make to actually pay your bills. Being a grown up sucks sometimes =]
Post # 10
Thanks for all of the support bees. You all are giving me a lot of good advice and even a little hope. 🙂 You’re right, I haven’t heard anything from them yet so I should stop moping or else I’m going to go crazy for the next week or so.
One of the reasons why I’m looking for a new job is b/c my company merged with another large company and my job stability is totally at stake… a good chance I’ll be in the unemployment line. That’s why I’m thinking about this so much lately, pursuing something totally different versus being unhappy for the next few years in another finance position. I’m aware that not all of us are able to do what we love but I at least want for myself to not HATE what I do.