Post # 1
First of all – I didn’t even know the Bee had a career section! Where have I been? Regardless – I’m 26 (turned 26 at the end of December) and I need a career change… except I can’t seem to figure out what it is that I want to do. When did you figure out what you wanted to do with your life? Did something happen in your life that made you realize this? Also – what do you do for a living? Do you enjoy it?
I’m extremely frustrated because I know that what I do for a living is not what I want to do 🙁 I’m an Account Manager for a Insurance Broker. It’s not “FULFILLING” I’ve been working full-time since I was 18 and it’s always been in the same field and I need to get out. Any tips/ideas on how I can figure this out? My husband said he’ll support whatever decision I make as long as it makes me happy. I’m willing to go back to school and pursue something else, but I just don’t know what.
Post # 3
I have no advice because I am in the exact situation you are! Just wanted to let you know you’re not alone!
Post # 4
This sounds super cheesy, but I figured out my true calling when I was 17. I was in my last year of highschool in 2008 and I was HATING it. I felt bored, and that everything I was learning wasn’t something I wanted to do one day. I had been wanting to do a Bachelor of Fine arts, but I realised that I would not be able to have art as my career as I need financial security, and I thought it would be a waste to go to university to get a degree to paint and sell my art.
I had been suffering from anxiety because of friendship problems and low self esteem, and I found it hard to be around crowds of people, especially at school (My school had 4000 students) I used to leave school and walk home nearly every day. One day, I decided to change my route home and go through the back gates of the school rather than the front because they were doing major road works at the front. There is a childcare centre near the back of the school. I was feeling really down, lost and had been crying and as I walked past the centre I felt my mood lift and started smiling.
It then came to me that I would like to go into early childhood teaching as a career. I would be able to be creative and expressive (I love art and took art, performance art and music as school subjects) be financially stable, and I wouldn’t be stuck at a desk all day. I had always enjoyed babysitting, and at family get togethers I was always happier playing with the kids than sitting with the adults. I also wanted to inspire young minds, and teach children about morals and values, and see a bit of change in the world. The next day I left school, and I’m now in my 2nd year of my 3 year Bachelor and am nearly 22 years old. I’ve also done a certificate and a Diploma, and have been on 7 practicum placements so far, and while I’ve been on practicum I have sometimes stopped and thought “Wow, I can get paid for this?!” I also do relieving at one of the centres I did my practicum at, and I LOVE it! It’s tiring, hard work, but it is so rewarding to see how the children learn and grow, and it’s refreshing to see their fascination with the little things that we take for granted sometimes. It’s also awesome getting sand tea and birthday cakes in the sandpit, being a dinosaur, and a firefighter all in one day
I would suggest that you sit down and write down your strengths, interests, values, and your dislikes and weaknesses. Also, imagine the working environment that you would like to be in. Talking to a career advisor is also really good, and this website is really helpful. http://www.careers.govt.nz It’s a New Zealand website, but it’s got lists of careers and shortages.
Good luck OP
Post # 5
Thank you! I’m a bit jealous. I’m stuck behind a desk all day and have been since I started working full-time and I am telling you, I hate it. It’s boring, doesn’t excite me and I could go on for ages!
Post # 6
My true calling is teaching. I worked as a teachers assistant for a little while and I LOVED it. Alas… the teaching field is overcrowded at the moment, so I am an AA.
Post # 7
I went through this a little over a year ago, and someone advised me to make a list of my interests and then make a list of my personal and job skills and try to look for some places that they intersect. There are a lot of good career resources out there (e.g. books or websites) that can help you match up some of your skills to different types of careers.
If there is a field you are interested in but you don’t have the right skills to do just what you’d like to do, maybe there are companies within that field that are hiring for positions a little closer aligned with your skill set–not necessarily the same kind of work you do now, but something that you could transition smoothly into in a new field.
Also, it really helped me to get some boosts from friends who knew of openings in their organizations, because it was more likely I could get a foot in the door even though my resume might not have looked like a perfect fit.
Good luck! Seeing what some of my friends have gone through, I would advise against going back to school unless you are sure that whatever you are studying is closely tied to what you want to do.
Post # 9
I knew I wanted to teach from a very young age. When I was 18, I started substitute teaching for a variety of different grade levels. I discovered that the older the children, the more I enjoyed going to work. So, I started researching college-level teaching.
At 20, I taught my first college level course and loved it. I decided the continue my education and pursue a PhD.
I’m now 23 and about halfway to ABD. I teach both online and in the classroom for several different colleges. I love my job and just see it getting better.
Post # 10
I knew when I interned for the National Park Service that that was “my calling.” I worked there for several years and loved it, but I’m not working there anymore due to the current federal budget. I’m dying to get back.
Post # 11
I was laid off from my job in 2009 @29 years old. I had been in printing/graphic design with my family business, and had a degree in Psychology.. I got hired at my new job based on a referral from a friend at a software company. That’s when I found my niche, I love it and am now a programmer. It kind of happened by chance, but I don’t think you’re ever too old to start something new or try to find your calling!
Post # 12
I never went to college because I have no idea what I want to do and didn’t want to waste money on school that I wouldn’t use. I’ve been told many times to just take some different classes and see what interests me but I dont know. I just want to be a Stay-At-Home Mom.
Post # 13
I had wanted to be a physician since my freshman year in highschool. I studied human biology and psychology in college with every intention of going to med school until the last semester of undergrad when I took an intro to spech language pathology class. I fell in love with the field because of the service and medical aspects. Since I waited so long to switch, I’m taking the pre-req classes and applying to grad school. I just submitted my application yesteday!
OP. I would go to a local college and get some career counseling. Most of the community colleges around here do it for free, and it’s so helpful in combining your strengths with your passions to find a career that is right for you. Good luck!
Post # 14
I don’t have one as mine is being a wife & mum. I have no interest in any career.
Post # 15
My true calling is to be a hermit in the woods, but right now I have to settle for being a public librarian until my student loans are paid off.
Post # 16
First, I am a certified surgical technician (CST). I work in open heart, thoracic, and vascular surgery…and I freaking love love love my job. I only figured out my calling three years ago when I was 23.
Ok so how did I figure this out? It is a really weird story actually. I worked in a pharmacy at the hospital as more of a ‘lets pay the bills job’. Pharmacy was not my calling and I just did it for the paycheck. I had been working there for about 2 years or so. One of the jobs is that when a patient ‘codes’ (suffers from cardiac arrests) you run to the code with the pharmacist and basically is the pharmacist’s right hand man so to speak. They tell you what drugs they need, you have to draw them up, label them, and then hand them to the pharmacist to check and then quickly pass it to someone to administer it. Well a code was called and we ran. I started to set up the code cart to get organized and was just listening to what the doctors and nurses were saying. I heard that they needed X drug, I found out the patient’s weight, figured the dosage and started to draw it up before the pharmacist even asked for it. The entire code was like that, I was one step ahead of the pharmacist and she just started to laugh and said ‘you’d make a great CST’. I just raised my eyebrow and was like ‘umm whats a CST?’ she just told me to look it up and that I would be great at it. Turns out that she was right. I loved what I read about being a scrub and really felt that I could really enjoy it. I researched the schools and arranged to shadow a scrub for a day just so I could get a taste of what its like. Fell in love. Went to school and got 4 job offers before I left clinicals.
I feel so alive in surgery..especially since I’m not the surgeon. LoL. We listen to great music, surrounded by amazing people and I freaking get to hold hearts in my hand for a living!!!! Eff ya!