(Closed) When did you figure out your true calling?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper

I haven’t yet… and was thinking about this very thing today.  🙁  Mostly in terms of ‘how old is too old’ to reinvent your career.  

I think some people just know… while other people (like me) are good at lots of things and that makes it even more difficult to figure out!

I’m keeping tabs on this thread to see if someone has a magic formula for us, so we can figure it out! 🙂

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I orginally wanted to go into PR and marketing, but ended up finishing my first year of my degree and absolutely hating it! Perefect grades, and sailing through exams, but my heart just wasn’t in it. It was amazing to me, because I had always envisioned myself on that career path, but there was something about the industry that irked me unbelievably. The fake-ness of eveyone and everything annoyed me so much.

So… fastforward a couple of years and I am half-way through my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education!) And I couldn’t be more content and satisfied with my choice of a different path 🙂

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I had an awesome 4th grade teacher who got me hooked on science (lol), and I realized I wanted to be a doctor in high school when we went through a bunch of family medical issues. In college I shadowed a bunch of physicians, to make sure it was what I wanted, and I am now halfway through my first year of medical school. 

I am not sure how many other fields let you “shadow” someone around throughout their workday, but if you have any ideas of what you might like, I would suggest looking for those opportunities

Post # 20
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Busy Beekeeper

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@Hippos:  I’ve thought about doing some sort of medical tech job, but I get so overwhelmed at the variety!  Is there any easy way to categorize various jobs – ie: the best for extroverts vs. introverts, etc… 

Post # 21
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Bee Keeper

I got a job somewhere else – went from retail to medicine and BAM. Knew I needed to be a nurse. A pediatric nurse. 

Post # 22
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Bee Keeper

Just start taking random classes at the college. A computer science course, a math course, an econ course, an anthropology course and/or human development course.

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would love to sit in a super quiet room and do math problems all day, with no interaction from the outside world. But I don’t think that’s a job nor could I get paid for it.

I haven’t found a true calling yet. I have an office job that I don’t hate. I will say that there are alot of office jobs out there, many are little niche type things that require specific skills and you won’t find out about them until you work somewhere.

Hope you find what you are looking for!

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

These are great inspirational stories. I am 31 and still don’t know what i want to be. I’ve been extremely successful in my job thus far, and have a bachelors in liberal arts and business minor but I’m lost. I’m trying to find something new that I can grow in and keep rounding back to some sort of enterprise acctmanagement management in marketing, sales, something like that. I sometimes wish I’d picked a specific trade from the get go. I’ve just never had a clear direction. Frankly what I’d like to do is run a scuba shop on a sandy beach somewhere hahaha

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m still learning what my true calling is. I’m fortunate to be with a good company that is willing to work with me as my skillset and passions evolve. I’m not 100% in my dream job currently, but I’m closer than I was a year or two ago. 

Be patient, follow your interests, and be willing to take a creative path to get to where you’re going. I didn’t even know my current job existed 3 or 4 years ago. I spent a lot of time figuring out what I didn’t want to do and that helped me better define what I was interested in. Keep an open mind.

Post # 26
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Busy bee

Out of high school I got my degree in criminal justice with hopes of joining the NYPD. I had taken the NYPD exams: written, medical, physical, psych etc. and passed them all. Towards my senior year in college I really started wondering why on earth I had wanted to go into this career because it seemed NOTHING like I though it would be. A lot of my professors were retired police/detectives and I kept having doubts about going for criminal justice. Did I really want to risk my life and get stuck possibly working in the projects somewhere? My heart wasn’t in it like I thought it was…. Once I graduated I was lost and kept thinking “well there was 4 years of college for NOTHING!”

Then I started looking into nursing…. I spoke with my SO’s brothers fiance who is a nurse and she told me all about nursing school, what type of nurse she was etc. I started getting really interested in it so I looked into schools and even got a job in a medical office. I decided to go for it and I applied and got into a great nursing school which accepted 98 of my general education credits from my criminal justice degree. I am so glad I ended up going this route. I am starting my second semester in nursing school tomorrow and so far I absolutely love it.

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ll let you know when I figure mine out. 

Post # 28
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve known since I was 17 that my true calling is in aviation. But so, so, so much has changed over the years and I’ve had a lot of experiences within the industry, and also a lot of changes of heart.

I originally wanted to go into the Air Force or the airlines. I went to college for a degree in aeronautics that required six semesters of flight training, and the coursework included all the licenses/certifications required to be a professional pilot. I got my private pilots license when I was 19, and my commercial pilots license when I was 21.

Several things have happened since then that have caused me to question if the airlines were really the right choice for me. When I was 21, DH (boyfriend at the time, although we already knew we wanted to get married) started his career as an airline pilot… exactly what I wanted to do. So I saw through him what that job was really like, what they don’t tell you about the airlines in flight school. Rigorous schedules, 16-hour workdays, etc. It scared me away from that career. He loves it, but I knew I wouldn’t, and if both of us had that kind of a work/travel schedule, we’d barely be home together. And I had already given up on the Air Force, that was a career my single self dreamed of and now that I was going to be getting married and settling down, it’s not what I wanted.

I’ve been working in airport operations since I was 19 and I just recently came to the realization that I think that’s my true calling, although I’d still love to have a piloting “odd-job” like local cargo or aerial imaging, but those are rather hard to come by. I actually am going in tomorrow to apply for an airport ops position at a larger airport with more room for advancement than where I’ve been working. My fingers are crossed!

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