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

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 33
10713 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I knew from the first day I walked into my old job I did not want to be a teacher and I had just wasted over a year in college on something that was too restricted for my personality. I worked at the preschool for 4 years and then was a Stay-At-Home Mom for a year during that year I wrote a lot and took photos everyday. After that I knew I wanted to take photos and write… like ALL the time but I don’t really know how to make a career out of those things so I know what I’d like to do but I’ll just do them for pleasure and continue to be a SAHM/W. I’m 27 and I’m just starting to figure this all out lol.

Post # 34
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church

In a way, when I was 12…but then I got distracted in college. Growing up, I thought all smart people who liked school became physicians. Then I went to college and discovered a while new world—to include the Episcopal Church and a calling to be a priest (with a major in Economics…how that happened is to be commended to a darling advisor). That was what I persued to the point of working in the non-profit world. It was there at the age of 29 that I realized that I needed sonething more academically challenging and closer to individuals while improving the community. I thought back to what I enjoyed most and just thought as logically as possible to where my interests (academic, social, spiritual) met with my talents and what the world needed. That’s when I landed on Family Medicine. My dearest gave me the support and courage to pursue this life long dream (even If once forgotten). I am so looking forward to this life, even if I am a few years older–heck, probably because I’m a few years older! 

We all have talents and interests–and the world has a place only we can fill. Just give wth ought to what you love best and would invigorate you to do every day. 

Post # 35
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@oracle:  There are, in my opinion, some pretty distinct personality types that are typical of different medical jobs. It does take a certain type of person to work in an O.R. Something that is kind of a ‘bummer’ is that while you care for a patient, but don’t get to spend a whole of time with them awake. They go to sleep fairly fast and you don’t really develope a relationship with them as you would if you were a nurse, med tech on the regular floors at the hospital. Personally this is how I like it. I love caring for people I just like it when they are sleeping and I can do my job! Also emergencies happen even in the most routine cases and being able to ‘switch gears within seconds literally’ to be able to literally save a life.

Another down side to the OR is you don’t get to really find out what happens to a patient once they leave. We only hear if they passed away or got discharged.  I feel that to work in the O.R. you kind of have to have a dark sense of humor and I guess lean more towards being an extrovert. But I’m both I suppose. With some surgeons I am an introvert, but others I’m really out going. You also have to be able to work with ALL kinds of personality types…and I think that really goes hand in hand with any medical type job. You will have to deal with needy doctors, laid back doctors, straight up jackass doctors…and lets not even touch on the different type of patients. Overall I think a person in the medical field needs to be pretty friendly, open to change and ready to react when an emergency happens.

I def would look into shadowing any type of job you are interested in. I know the hospital that I work at is a teaching hospital and we are pretty open to a lot of students/visitors.

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@Bwed2012:  I was in the same boat before the pharmacist made that comment. I love caring for people and having a good time all the while having a great job stability. Check into shadowing, it def gave be a better insight of what I was considering and really re-affrimed that CST was what I really wanted to do.

I feel like I have rambled a lot in this post sorry.

Post # 36
22 posts

I work in museums, and for me it was a 12th Century Europe class in college where we got to hold and turn the pages of illuminated books at the collection of a major library. Because the pages were made from animal hide,  you had to turn them by hand. It was awesome, and I figured geeking out about that was a good sign that I was on the right track! Think about the things that you are passionate about, that make you giddy, and see if that could be a career. I have a masters’ in Museum Studies, and most people I tell don’t realize that’s something you actually can study, much less have a career in!

Post # 37
3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I found my calling at age 16. I had been diagnosed with a terminal cancer and spent almost a year in the hospital under going chemotherapy treatments. I had awesome doctors and nurses. I realized then that I wanted to help people like they helped me.  I got my nursing license and I also have a Bachelors in Human Resources. I’d like to be a manager of a clinic or hospital department because while I enjoy helping people a lot of healthcare workers do not look at their job as fullfilling. I want to be the person who can show workers that they are appreciated and important and make them what to work hard and help others. And if the person doesn’t want to do that I want to be the one to weed out the nurses and staff that don’t. Its so frustrating to work at a place and no one else pulls their weight. I would live get rid of a person right now at work, sadly its not my decision.

Post # 38
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve known what I want to do for practically forever.  It’s just taken a lot to realize that if I’m passionate about something, I need to cultivate those dreams and work towards to goal instead of doing things everyone else thinks I should.

I want to be a farmer.  I’ve always wanted to be a farmer, ever since I was like 7.  I worked with wildlife at a center all through high school and at various SPCA’s and I love working with animals.  But goats and sheep and cows – that’s where it’s at for me.

So, now I’m living in a tiny apartment with my unemployed Fiance, pregnant with a surprise baby, working at a hotel and just graduated with my BS in Psychology with something like 30,000 in debt and now I’m feeling like I’m working backwards.  I landed my dream job at an organic farm milking cows last year only for it to fall through and I was crushed.  Now I’m trying o figure out how to use my psychology degree, while also gaining more experience in live stock management, etc, so that I can pay off this debt and start on my real passion.  It’s freaking terrifying, but absolutely liberating.  If I could go back in time though, I never would have gone to school for psychology.

Post # 39
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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@Hippos:  Thank you SO much for the insight and the idea to shadow is fantastic.  If I could go back 20 years, I’d pursue becoming a medical doctor… but, that ship has sailed.  I’d love to figure out a way to blend my interest in the field with something practical from a job/new career standpoint.  How long did you go to school to train to be a CST?

Post # 40
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@oracle:  Its a two year associate’s degree. Def research school in your area that off the program and make sure that they are accredited!

Post # 41
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2017

Shadow as many different jobs as you can! From the age of 5, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I have always loved animals and started volunteering at various shelters as soon as I was able at 15. When I graduated high school, I started the pre-vet program at the college of my dreams and landed an unpaid internship/volunteer/shadowing opportunity at a vet clinic with an awesome veterinarian my first semester. That same semester, I applied to become a volunteer at the Humane Society’s hospital (since I had been volunteering with their dogs and cats for 3 years) and got accepted. I was scheduled to start volunteering that March. At the end of my first semester, I landed a job at Petsmart in their pet care field, and while for most people it isn’t a ‘dream job’, it definitely was one of mine since I had the opportunity to work with many different animals and help out families.

And at the end of my first semester, I knew I was in the wrong field.

I hated the ‘business’ aspect of becoming a veterinarian. I hated the financial part and how, realistically, a clinic is a business and while the staff at the clinic were compassionate about animals, it all boiled down to money in the end. Owners had to have enough money to save their animal’s life and if not, there was no hope for their pet. Everyone was so desensitized to the torment of these animals; I made myself watch an euthanasia and balled my eyes out. They said it would get easier but I dreaded going back to the clinic Tuesdays and Fridays. I thought I wanted to work in shelter medicine, but after a tour of the Humane Society’s hospital, knew it was worse. There is not nearly enough money to help all the animals. Euthanasia is, realistically, the only option for many homeless animals that came in; when I realized I’d have to work with animals who were dying every day without any owner to speak of, it broke my heart.

I hated the classes. I hated chemistry, physics, and calculus, and although I loved biology (I always have) I can’t go to vet school with zero passion for the other sciences. My heart was crushed. I had dedicated so much of my life preparing for this dream, and after only my first semester, I knew it wasn’t meant for me.

Second semester I withdrew from the Humane Society’s hospital position and only lasted another month in my internship. I ended up failing 2 classes that semester, and coming from a student who had always gotten A’s and B’s since kindergarten, I felt like my future was over. But my saving grace was my job at Petsmart. I LOVE my job. Loved it then, and I love it now. I realized my favorite part of my job isn’t taking care of the animals or giving them medicine or cleaning their habitats: it’s talking to families, teaching them about animals and animal care, and helping guide them into the right direction for whatever animal is right for them. A coworker said to me once, “You would make a great teacher. You’re very passionate.”

I was moved by this but carried on the semester as a pre-vet major. Then, on the first day of finals, after dealing with weeks of stress and anxiety on how I would perform on my upcoming exams, I had a dream. It was very, very vivid. I was walking in my college and travelled up a building to the top floor where it was lined with classrooms. Children were filled in each room. I went to the last room and an older woman handed me a file and said, “Okay, Megan. These kids are all yours. You get to teach them.” I was overcome with so much joy I started crying in my dream. When I woke up, I felt a sense of peace I hadn’t felt all year. I was thrilled by the prospect. So that day, I texted my mom and told her, “Mom, I think I’m going to be a teacher” (which surprised the hell out of her) and arranged to shadow a second cousin who runs a fourth grade classroom.

And I absolutely LOVE it. I have since shadowed teachers in 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th grade, and hope to shadow teachers in younger grades, too, so I have a complete picture of the field. I am now in my second semester of sophomore year and will be applying to the teacher’s college in March; if I get accepted, I get to formally join classrooms as an intern.

So shadow and explore and observe as MANY careers as you can! Had I not witnessed what being a vet was really like before, who knows where I would be?

Post # 42
1399 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@Hippos:  just out of curiosity, since you’re also in Indy, where did you go to school for the degree? This is something I’ve thought about doing. 

Post # 43
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Robin_Sparkles:  I ended up going to Harrison College and had a great experience there, but it was a bit more expensive than other options. I would recommend Harrison, Ivy Tech, or Vincennes. Those are the three schools that offer the Surgical Tech program that also has an Associates Degree with it. If you have a lot of time to spare IU Clarian has a prgram that is only 14-16 months I believe, but its 7am to 5pm (I think) and only trains you as a tech, no degree comes with it. BUT its a shorter program. Whatever you do, do NOT go to National College, you’ll be throwing your money away because they don’t an accreddited surgical tech program. If you want more information just message me and I’ll try to answer anything I can.

Post # 44
4951 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

When I was in middle/high school, I went to a tiny little K-12 private school. My graduating class was 9. Anyway, by my junior year, I had enough credits to graduate, but I was only 16 so my mom wouldn’t let me. I was stuck at school all day, so I had to think of something to do. I’ve always loved kids, so I started hanging out in the kindergarten room in my free time. The teacher didn’t mind having me in there, since I ended up helping. Well, one day, I was standing outside the door, waiting for the teacher to finish up a lesson… and it just hit me. 

Before then, I’d always sworn I’d never be a teacher. My mom and grandma are both teachers. My mom even worked at my school. 

Well, the next year, I was taking 2 classes, so I had loads of free time. I spent 2 days a week in the kindergarten room, and one class period in first grade. And I got paid for it. When the teacher was going on a ski trip for 3 days, they needed a substitute. They could’ve called one of the moms, but I begged them to let me do it. They let me, because I knew the students and their routines better than anyone, but they made sure to tell me to get help from one of the adults if I needed it. 

About 2 weeks later, my mom (the assistant principal, by that point) reminded the principal that she needed to pay me extra for subbing. Things had gone so well that she’d actually forgotten the regular teacher was ever out. 

And now, I’m about a year from finishing my Early Childhood Education degree.

(I also gave a speech telling that story at my graduation… grown men came up to me afterwards telling me it had made them cry.)

Post # 45
75 posts
Worker bee

I have always wanted to do the same thing since I was five years old and that was a Teacher. I love children, and I just find them so unique and creative that I was always inspired by them. Today I am in my third year of university, have coached many teams and I work at a daycare so I am sure this is what I want. 

Post # 46
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I remember the EXACT moment. My first two years of college I was convinced I wanted to go into physical therapy. The second year, my daughter was in ICU 34 times and my Mother spent two months in th hospital dying. I developed a hearty distaste for all things medical. I was as working as a lab assistant for my Biology prof. One day, in the fall, he sent me to a nearby stream to gather planaria. I remember standing in the stream, in hip boots and surrounded by woods. That’s when I got the inspiring thought – hey I could get PAID to do stuff like this!

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