Post # 1
Long time lurker, finally decided to join.
I’ve been very stressed about my job recently and feel like I’m going nowhere in my career. I’m 24 and I work in accounts payable for a small company. I don’t love it, don’t hate it, its just fine. The pay is terrible and I don’t think I’ll ever make very much with this company. I also have terrible benefits (health insurance is very expensive and no 401k) so its just not a great situation. I’ve only been working here since March, so a little over 9 months.
My biggest concerns are finding something with more pay and better benefits, and finding a career that I will love long term (which is not the field I’m currently in).
I know I’m young and have time to find something, but I want to start getting on that “finding something” path sooner than later.
Have any of you gone through something similar? Any advice on what to do?
Post # 2
sleepingbee : Do you have a college degree? If so, what field is it in?
Post # 3
We need more information I think: what career are you interested in/what field of work? What is your degree in and are you open to going back to school?
I think conducting informational interviews with someone you admire (who is in a career you are interested in) is really helpful. People are usually very receptive to doing this however it’s important you ask them in a way that doesn’t make it look like you are asking them for a job directly. Express your interest without asking them to hire you, basically. That takes the pressure off and makes them more likely to meet with you. Best case scenario: they really like you and point you in the right direction/hire you anyways. Just google informational interviews to see lots of great examples of how to go about this.
Post # 4
OP, I work in the field of career counselling and talk to people every day in situations that are similar to yours. I would recommend finding out if there is a career coach/counsellor that you can talk to, even if it’s just for a few sessions. It is an investment up front for sure, but most people I have seen invest in this sort of thing end up negotiating a much higher salary after going through it and also are able to position themselves to be in a career that they enjoy and is a good fit long-term. This includes people who have completely switched fields because they were not enjoying what they did before.