(Closed) Job Confusion: You can’t get there from here.

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@LucyLaLa: Unfortunately, I don’t have any advice. I am in the same situation as you. To make matters worse, I come home to Darling Husband telling me how much he looooves his job.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Take it from an old lady bee (I’m 37).  You can get sucked in at an early age to a job that pays the bills and is relatively easy.  It’s great that you’re thinking outside of the box right now, as opposed to years down the road.

An ex of a friend of mine started a tutoring company–she charges parents $50-$75 an hour for private instruction and pays her tutors $30-$45 for their work.  If you have the same sort of company near you, it might be a way for you to use your educational expertise.  The extra cash might provide the cushion you need to pursue a more meaningful job.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@LucyLaLa: Yes, they are, but I’m not qualified to work as a police officer.  Wink

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You are where I was at a few months ago. Fiance and I have discussed for a long time that after we get married, I can go back to graduate school full time.

The problem was…I didn’t know what to go back for. I didn’t want something that I couldn’t stand doing for the rest of my life, and I was really struggling with a decision.

Now, almost a year later, I am getting a clearer picture in my head. I was watching Teen Mom one night and I saw Catelynn and Tyler get counseling from a lady about their relationship and it made me realize how much I missed casework (my old job) and how my new job (being in administration) doesn’t allow me to hear other people’s stories and help them in a concrete way. This inspired me to look into grad programs for relationship counseling near my town and I have a much clearer picture of what I want to do once we are married.

In short, you never know when it will just hit you that you will know what you want to do and/or interested in. Just have an open mind and don’t put too much emphasis on it – for a long time I put so much focus and emphasis on it that I was literally stuck. Once I stopped obsessing, it didn’t take long for me to suddenly be inspired and know inside that this is a good choice for me to pursue.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@LucyLaLa: I’m an academic researcher at a medical school.  I also do faculty stuff, so basically I have a pretty easy job.  On my way here, though, I’ve done everything from being a medical biller to an office manager, to an auditor, all within a hospital setting.

I think once you find your niche, you’ll find a way to break into it and work your way up.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’m in the same boat.  I am an administrative assistant, and my old job was great, but it ended.  And my new job (a year long contract) is horrible and tedious, and I almost can’t wait to be unemployed again.

I wanted to teach high school history, but there are absolutely no jobs teaching.  And the plan after that was law school, but there are few jobs for lawyers.  So now I don’t know what to do.  I’m 24, and I make $10,000 less than my sister, who at 22, is about to get her CPA license.  I feel like I made a huge mistake majoring in history, but I don’t know how to undo what I did.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I can relate in some ways. I like my job now, but I’m not sure this is the field I’m meant to be in forever. We’re also hoping to move and Fiance has started interviewing, which has got me thinking about career transitions since I’ll be looking for something new. I have interests and strengths, but I’m not sure if any of them add up to a calling.

I’m in my 4th year post-college in the full-time work world and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up! I can relate to that feeling of no clear path. I’ve had two pretty different jobs, neither which were directly related to my bachelor’s degree. At this point, I feel like I’m just not sure if I want to continue on the path I’ve started or if I should try something different altogether for my next job.

Post # 12
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Honey bee

I strongly recommend the book “What color is your parachute”.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LucyLaLa: I do the same thing (data analyst), so I definitely feel your plight over the work stuff. It is boring, but there aren’t a huge number of people that are able to do that kind of work. What’s helped out with me is having hobbies and activites outside of work that are challenging and enjoyable, like cooking classes or playing an instrument, taking makeup application lessons? That might be good to do until you figure out your next steps. Good luck!

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