Post # 1
I work at an early child care center and while I don’t hate it I also don’t like it. I have a masters degree in history which has proven itself to be useless. I’ve held a million little jobs here and there and have really yet to find my “passion.” I’ve been working at this low paying job for about 4 1/2 years now and I just can’t take much more of it. I don’t really want to go back to school b/c we don’t have the money but I’m not sure what my other options are at the moment. Any helpful ideas on how to figure out what to do it life? LOL. I don’t think I’m cut out to work!
Post # 3
What do you like to do? Are there any hobbies you have that you could see yourself pursing as a full time job/career?
Post # 4
I feel ya on that one. I turned a hobby into a business back in 07 and it has been full time since. But I am going back to school myself to get that little extra that I had been missing. But I sat down and wrote out what I wanted out of life, what I enjoyed and where I wanted to be in the next few years. That was the thing that pushed me to enroll in college for a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science.
Post # 5
I have a friend who majored in History who is currently working at a museum and LOVES it. Ever thought of doing something like that?
Post # 6
I feel you 100000%! I taught for two years, was laid off in April and have a few jobs since then, none of which are my passion (teaching). But the market isn’t great right now for teachers. However, it’s really depressing because I feel like I get further and further from my ideal job.
Post # 7
@brideatbeach: I would love to work in museums but there are no openings. I have actually been applying to every museum in my area, even just trying to work in the gift shop and its a no go. Do you know what your friend does there?
It sounds really pathetic but I’m good at pretty much everything but I’m not great at any one particular thing. I feel like I could potentially do anything I’m just not really qualified for it. I’d rather not go back to school b/c of money. I’m just sick of being broke and feeling like I have to depend on FH.
Post # 8
@smith2be: I’m not positive, to be honest with you; she and I have lost touch since college. I just see her postings of cool stuff from the museum on Facebook.
Have you ever considered teaching? You could enroll in a 2-year Masters program; if you were a graduate assistant, you could have most of your tuition and fees covered by the school and gain some killer recommendations, too.
I’m an English teacher myself, and while it’s hard some days, it can be pretty rewarding in others.
Post # 9
why don’t you become a wedding planner. Look at this site and work for yourself. StarWeddingsandEvents.com @smith2be:
Post # 10
I hear ya. That’s kind of where I am. I have been doing the same job for FOREVER. It’s a good job with a pretty comfortable salary, but it’s not my passion. Every year I like it a little less and feel a little less content.
Going back to school really isn’t an option for me because I’m the primary breadwinner and have children to support, and bills don’t pay themselves, and I’m used to living a certain lifestyle due to said unsatisfying job.
WHat I am doing is instead trying to start my own business out of a hobby I didn’t even know that I liked. Basically, I started making accessories for my daughter to match her school uniform and realized that not only was I having fun doing it, but I could probably make money doing it!
So far, I’m not making ANY money and I’m actually spending money, but it feels good to be open to something else. I also plan on taking a class here and there to help me get skills that will help with my business. And in the meantime, I am slowly building my business. Just having that to focus on and knowing that I’m not stuck in my day job for perputity makes me feel better and happier.
Have you considered taking just a fun class at a local community college, or a recreation center? It could be that you stumble upon something that you find fun and personally rewarding that you can eventually turn into a career.
Post # 11
For those of ya that are reluctant to go back to school because of money, look at getting a Pell Grant. That is what I am going to do to cover tuition and books and everything. Federal grant money is a lifesaver!
Post # 12
@smith2be: I also majored in History and now I am doing Accounting (go figure). You should be able to get a good job just for having a Master’s degree.
What about being an executive assistant? You could make some good money.
Post # 13
@smith2be: I have no advice for you, just want to commiserate. I too have a master’s in history. I was on track for a career in the museum field, but it’s just impossible to find something. I totally feel your pain on that one. I’m working now as an admin and absolutely HATE it. I am done with school, I don’t have they money and frankly… I hated school. I don’t know what I want to do with my life and sometimes just feel like I’m floating along.
Sorry, I know that’s not helpful at all… but our situations are so similar, it feels better just knowing there is at least 1 other person in the world out there like me!
Post # 14
OMG, this is like where my Fiance is. He has a master’s in history, was in the phd program for awhile but quit last year and has NO CLUE what to do with his life. It’s so hard and scary right now. He has a line on some possible freelance editing type work, but that would just help pay the bills; it wouldn’t offer him a life path. It’s extra hard because I’m finishing my PhD in history this year, no job yet, in the worst academic job market in two generations (no exaggeration). The stress of it has been unbelievable. I never dreamed I would be 31 years old and so worried about the future. 🙁
Post # 15
ahh nice to know I am not the only one with this problem. I’m a government budget analyst right now, and they are transferring my position to another state, and after a LOT of discussion with Fiance, we’re going to focus on his job and I’m going to find a new one. No clue what to do and I’m having a ton of trouble finding a new job. The situation really sucks, I know if the transfer wasn’t happening I’d probably be at my current job until I retire.
I would suggest that you consider a federal job. Work life balance in government jobs is great, the salaries are very good (you can find a copy of the GS pay scale on Google), and there are lots of opportunities for advancement. Things are a little rocky now, Obama’s been cutting some stuff, but for the most part they are muchstabler than private sector jobs. Downsides for me have been that it’s a little boring. But that acould just be the nature of budgets.
I don’t have any real advice for figuring out waht you watn to do, since I have no clue what I want to be “when I grow up” either. My gut feeling is that if there’s nothing really jumping out at you, then you don’t really want to do anything specific, so just find something that you dont’ mind waking up to do on a daily basis and that pays how you want.
As for school I think you should go back if you think you might want to. The longer you wait the harder it will be, adn event hough it’s a lot of money, the payoff is worth it I think. Easier said than done though, I took my GREs a few months back with teh intention of getting out 3 applications by Christmas, and I let alllll of them pass. Just seems like if I dno’t have something really specific to do, it’s not worth the huge investment. Rather wait to find an employer who will pay, if those even still exist.