Post # 1
Every few months I sit down and really think about what I am going to do as a career… and everytime I just end up REALLY frustrated and upset. I have little idea of what I want to do.
I LOVE psychology, however I am very empathetic and sensitive, therefore I feel I would not be able to manage “leaving my work at the door”. I’m pretty sure I would take it all with me and become emotionally drained and depressed from it.
I’ve thought of working as a nurse as that is what my mom and sister do… but certain things about it don’t necessarily appeal to me I guess.
Currently, I’m a manager in a retail store. Which is great for now, but definitely not a passion of mine or something I see myself being happy with continuing for the rest of my life.
Really, I think I want a job that feels important. Something that requires a lot of thinking and possibly helps others.
I also love animals but would never be able to afford veterinary school, and as far as being a vet tech goes, I’ve been advised by many that it is just not worth it due to the lack of money and long hours.
The thing that freaks me out even more now is the fact that I will be getting married next year, and my fiance is expecting to have kids within 5 years. Although I could make it work, I’d really rather not work retail with kids in tow.
He has his career set and planned out. He is different then me in that he enjoys retail and is going to open up a toy/comic/collectable store with his best friend.
How did you discover your career?
Post # 2
- Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat
I think sometimes you stumble into it. I graduated university and got a job with a telecom firm, started as customer care (it’s a small company so it was a do-everything type of job) and when that no longer worked for me, I moved into outside sales. Now that I’m in sales and learning about the business world, my secret dream of owning a floral shop is full force. At first I was sad because I didn’t end up in journalism like I thought I would, but I feel I’m on the right path now, that I am learning so many useful skills for having my own business.
How do you like to spend your days? What is most important to you–money, fulfilment, set hours, etc…? Make a list and in time, it will start to become clearer.
Post # 3
I stumbled into my career. I studied sociology and anthropology in college. I dropped out of law school (couldn’t leave my cases in the office, and was working on tough family law issues)
I joined a technology startup doing marketing. Kept doing marketing. Kept moving up. Kept enjoying myself or finding opportunities to enjoy myself.
‘s advice is also solid. I knew I’d enjoy marketing because it’s both creative and analytical, plus uses my undergraduate studies, since it’s very demographic focused. It also pays well, which is nice for things like rent, bills, etc.
Post # 4
That is such a difficult decision! They say “do what you love, you will never work a day in your life”. What a crock, your love becomes a job instead of the job being loved. You need to find a balance of something you like, something that suits your strengths and something that will give the income you want. Not easy!
I’ll be honest, I minored in psych in undergrad (was a couple classes short of a BS) and thought about finishing a couple years ago it but it wasn’t feasible. It is interesting, but forbes has recently listed it as one of the most expensive degrees that returns the least average income. I feel bad saying that but I did do research while I was looking into finishing it 18 months ago.
Then again, I have a BFA in Costume Design from a highly ranked university, so doesn’t take my word for a practical degree! I theatre in high school, won a couple awards and a scholarship for my design work so it made sense at the time.I have had some incredible jobs, toured the world, but it had been a tough market since the recession. I went from theatre wardrobe management to casino uniform management. I’m currently pursuing a MS in hotel admin to be stronger in this new field.
I hope you find something you enjoy, work your a** off and see where it takes you. You never know what will eventually happen. I should note, I am glad for all those psych classes, they have really helped both branches of my career (and been very impressive in interviews). You can always take 101 and see if you like it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2015 - Golf Course
I did my bachelor’s in Criminology, but towards the end wished I had done something with social work. My next door neighbour is a manager for the sister company to the one I currently work at, which owns 4 group homes for at-risk children in foster care, and she suggested I apply. So I’m a residential care worker! It has its ups and downs, but over all is pretty great! Not sure it is my forever career, but definately until I have kids and what not.
Post # 6
Thanks for sharing, everyone.
I ride horses, hike and go birdwatching in my spare time.
I think a career in studying nature of some sort would be interesting. Maybe I should start off by taking biology classes and see if it still interests me?
Although… First I need to work towards getting a ged as I had dropped out of school after grade 10…
Futurefong do you mind going a little more in depth with the ups and downs of your job? Do you find it emotionally draining at all?
Post # 7
I kind of stumbled into my career, as well. I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, but have had trouble deciding which direction I wanted to take with furthering my education. I eventually decided I wanted to become either a high school psychologist or high school counselor, but we really couldn’t afford me going to grad school. So I’ve put it off for 6 years. I’ve worked a few dead-end jobs since undergrad, and I ended up getting hired as a receptionist at a for-profit higher education institution a couple of years ago. It wasn’t the best place to work, but I worked my way up through 2 promotions, gained a lot of higher ed experience, and then was hired at the local community college as an academic advisor back in November. I LOVE my job. The pay isn’t stellar, but the benefits are great and the job itself is fulfilling. They assist with tuition, if I decide to ever get my master’s. My passions for education and counseling are both being served, and while I may not be here forever, I finally feel like I’ve found my niche.
Post # 8
I had a really rough time with mental illnesses during my teens and I knew I wanted to help people. So after a couple of really shitty jobs, I bit the bullet and applied to start a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I always knew I wanted to do it, but the idea of having a student loan put me off for a while.
Post # 9
Yes, get that GED! Look into FAFSA options and scholarships. Maybe volunteer in an animal shelter and/ or home for at risk kids to see if you really like either. Not the same but when I debated perusing theatre I volunteered at a couple places in high school, I figured that if I loved doing it for free then being paid would be even better. This will help your resumee when you apply to college.
Post # 10
Stumbled into it, like everyone else. Was studying a science degree but there were no jobs or internships in my field. I only ever came across one, and I didn’t get it. So I applied for all kinds of things and I never even got an interview until I applied for a journalism position. And now I’m in another journalism position. Always wanted to study journalism but everyone told me not to because “there are no jobs in that field”. How funny…
Post # 11
Have you ever thought about becoming a recruiter? That’s what I currently do and I love it! Recruiters typically make a shit ton of money once you get your career moving and it’s basically a M-F, 8-6 job- base + commissions/bonuses. I find people jobs for different clients (but you can also do it interally). There are so many fields to recruit- I’ve staffed for general labor, accounting/fiance, marketing, HR, operations, sales, IT, mortgage- you get the idea. I love the money, but above all, I like helping people develop professionally, helping them put food on the table or landing a dream job.
I was a manager of retail for 2 years after I graduated college. Having those experiences in retail are invaluable to me now- dealing with unfair difficult sutiations and knowing to make the customer happy while adhering to company policies. You may need to start as a recruiting coordinator or HR coordinator, but it would be easy for you to move up. Take a look on Indeed.com for a clear understaing of a day in the life of a recruiter. PM me if you have more specific questions!
I stumbled upon recruiting- I was actually a candidate who interviewed for a company but didn’t get the job. The recruiter I was working with (then FI’s friend) recommended that I apply for an internal position- the rest was history!
Post # 12
This is exactly what I am hoping to do! I work as an Admin Asst. in an Admissions office in Higher Ed and have been applying to Academic Advising jobs. A lot of them seem to want a Masters degree which is discouraging…but at least I know its possible now! Congratulations on finding something you enjoy!
Post # 13
As someone mentioned, turning your hobby/passion into your carear means that it eventually becomes a job. I’m a wedding photographer. While I didn’t stumble into it, back in early college I would have never considered it something I could make a carear out of. I was an education major, and when my DH (then BF) decided to transfer schools and move out of state I decided to join him. I wasn’t loving being a teaching major, and the new school offered a photography degree. I’d been shooting since high school for fun and decided “what the heck” and changed my major. My interest had always been in weddings/portraits, and over time I moved that direction. All that being said, while I LOVE my job and photography – it has become a job. There is so much stress involved with being a wedding photographer, that it does take the fun out of it sometimes. It’s certainly one I feel pretty passionate about, but long gone are the days I pick up a camera and shoot for fun. It’s something I need to get back into doing.
The key is to find a job in which you enjoy/like.
Post # 14
I have a B.S. in Communications Media. I was working in print advertiing and I didnt’ really like it. In 2012 I was a volunteer for a presidential campaign and I met a local attorney who was looking to hire a paralegal. I had no experience but learn quickly so he and his partner hired me. I am still working for one of the two attorneys and am considering more training in the future so I can advance in my career.
I seriously fell backwards into my job…I like to tell people that my job happened to me, but I like it and I’m good at what I do. I never in a million years dreamed I’d be doing this though.
Because of my eduational background the attorney I work for let me design our webite, our sign, our buisness cards and lets me handle pretty much all of our marketing and advertising, which is nice because I do enjoy that type of work, but I certainly don’t want it to be my career. It also saves our firm several thousand dollars a year.
Post # 15
Thank you! I was once an admin assistant, too. 🙂 I also got really discouraged not having a master’s, but my tenacity eventually paid off. The school I work for is great about acknowledging that an advanced degree does not necessarily mean you are a better fit for the position. I’ve noticed that this isn’t usually the case for 4-year institutions. The downside is that I wouldn’t get a raise if I were to get my master’s, but the fact that I’d receive tuition assistance to get it and then have the opportunity to work for other institutions is great. Don’t give up! Good luck with everything! 🙂