(Closed) NWR: Career change?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am right there with you. I went to college for vocal performance, then went to beauty school, now I’m trying to get into sales. Life is crazy, but follow your passions.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Sounds like an idea, but i wonder if the novelty of that will wear off, too. I once had a coworker tell me, “you know, I don’t think i’d be happy in ANY job” and it gave me some perspective. I’ve thought about a career change, but i always wonder if 10 years later, I’d just want another one. I like change too much. Even if money’s not an issue,  i need a career.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I think opening an etsy shop would be a good idea. I have one for my knitting because thats what I LOVE. I would love to open a yarn shop but I dont have the funds to do so anytime soon so thats what I am doing for now πŸ™‚

And you can always change your mind and close it!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think i’d be too worried about the next step =]. But being your own boss/picking your own hours are always good!

What about a general “design studio” and then you can offer interior design consultations and the other knick knacks you want?

Every time i think about stuff like that, i just go, “eh, EVERYBODY’S doing it” and i wonder if it’d actually be successful enough to me. I think the key is to find something that isn’t very widely offered, or offer a service that is just superior.

I think a part time job+your own thing at home isn’t a bad idea. The extra money could be used to buy all the supplies and goodies you want to work with. The only thing i hate about part time jobs, is it’s usually at like, Target or BBB. And i have issues with places that like b/c for some reason people treat ya like you’re dumb and it just irritates me to no end!!!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

No advice… just empathy! I totally get it. I went to school to be a lawyer. I am a lawyer. I am pretty good at lawyering. And I’m bored. I opened a weekend photo business and am seriously considering transitioning to full time photography if I ever make enough that I can. 

But I totally get the not wanting to disappoint people thing. I was always really smart, did super well in school… so it was just ASSUMED I’d do something intellectually challenging like being a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer. And I assumed it too. But I’m not sure its really me. I feel like my parents might be a little wtf if I end up becoming a photographer because that isn’t something that you NEED to be super smart to do (talented, hardworking, and intelligent, yes. Straight-As… no.) Like it would be a waste of my school abilities if I went into something creative vs. intellectual? I dunno. I’m mostly over it. I’m going to just try to figure out what will make me happiest and do it. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

If money isn’t an issue, do what you love!! 

I went to law school, passed the bar and gave that up to pursue my passion of being a wedding photographer.

We have a little bit of savings, my husband is working, and I’m making an okay amount of money (enough to get by.)

I’m wayyy happier than I would be if I were getting dressed in a suit every day and sitting in an office worrying over billable hours.  Ugh.

Don’t feel compelled to get a “real job” just because you think you should.  A lot of the people who would give you crap about not working out of the home are just jealous because they hate their job, haha.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

@Corgi, I totally relate to your second paragraph, lol. Even so, I think my ‘rents are a little surprised I “shot low” and ended up as an engineer. Silly parents. =]

Intellectual. you iz it, lolz….=P

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I’m right there with you–I wish I could figure it out!!  πŸ™‚  Hopefully someday I will lol

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

haha. brides, movie stars….one of the same. Divas =]

Post # 14
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222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I totally feel ya’!  I’m in the same boat — always have been unable to really commit to something career-wise.  I tend to go to school for/do what I love (which has never been very lucrative, darn you liberal studies!), and then I get bored… I move on, get excited for something new and challenging, and then I get bored.  It’s so nice to hear that other people have similar feelings!  My FI doesn’t know *exactly* what he wants to do with his life, but he’s more organize than I am!  For now, it’s convenient as I’ll happily go wherever he get’s a postdoc and we’ll have amazing adventures, but, darn it, I’ve always been at the head of my classes, I kick serious a$$ at my jobs — my bosses LOVE me, so why can’t I find something fulfilling that is also intellectually stimulating long-term?   I need to find something that’s constantly evolving and changing!

My biggest problem is that I can identify “things I like to do/find stimulating,” but I can’t congeal them into something that looks like a career.  I can say, “I want to help people in a tangible way,” “I want to make a real difference in the lives of people who really need help,” “I have an eye for art, composition, and color,” “I like to make things with my hands,” “I need to be challenged and stimulated intellectually,”… etc etc.  But I have never found a way to choose a career that satisfies these needs.

So, yeah, I totally get it!  I’m so glad you posted this!  It’s nice to not feel so alone in these feelings.  This is why I ♥ WB.

Post # 16
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990 posts
Busy bee

I have yet to been able to find something I love to do. I liked phtography a lot in high school but I am too chicken to become a starving artist. I was thinking maybe I wanted to be a teacher or something but I cannot find it, and frankly, cant afford to go without a job. So I will piddle away my time as a financial consultant until I find a direction.

@bakerella: Put your hands in as many pies as you like, that way your scenery is always changing and you’re doing the many things you love. If I was in your situation, thats what I would do.

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