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

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 62
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Bee Keeper

@oracle:  There really is no “too old”, as long as you’re in good health. There are countless examples of senior citizens who have done just that.

Age is just a number… but health problems are often truly limiting. These two things are not necessarily correlated.

Post # 63
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This may sound really cheesy, but I can honestly say I figured out my calling when I was 4. It was my first year of taking dance classes and I loved everything about it. I knew that being in the studio was something I ALWAYS wanted to do. Growing up, I realized I didn’t want to just dance, I wanted to teach kids how to dance! I spent my entire life dancing as much as possible. After high school, my college didn’t offer a degree in dance, but had a dance club that I took part in. And then, for financial reasons, I sold my soul to the local amusement park for 3 summers because I needed a job. I quickly climbed the ladder of success at the amusement park, but working 60+ hours a week in the heat can quickly get to you. After that third summer I knew I couldn’t do it anymore. By some chance, my old dance teacher called me around the same time and asked if I wanted to teach for her! Since then I’ve been happily teaching kids ages 2 1/2 – 18 how to do something that I love and I can honestly say that I look forward going to work every day! 

Post # 65
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Bumble bee

I’m still not sure if I have found mine, lol.

I started out in Accounting, I wanted to be a CMA so I got a job with a small firm as an accounting assistant. I hated it and it didn’t take long for me to realise that I don’t fit in with accountants at all. From there, I got a job as an accounting/admin team lead for a small engineering firm and ended up taking over all of the HR duties. I found that I actually really liked it. After that I went into HR, which I have been in for about 5 years now.

I would like to focus more on compensation and consult 100% of the time, but since I’m not even 30 yet I know I have a lot of time to develop this. Right now I’m learning all that I can and educating myself whenever possible so that I can grow into what I want to be.

ETA: For a long time all I could see myself as was a career woman. Probably single and just working and travelling. Then when I turned 26 something in me shifted and now I’m more focused on family as well as work. I used to live my life based on “live to work” but now I’m definitely more a of a “work to live” kind of person.

Post # 66
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Worker bee

@jeip:  I considered this as an Anth major. How old are you?

Post # 67
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have basically the same job title as you. It’s a great industry, always growing, great pay, and lots of opportunities. Do I love it? not really.  My calling is to work with children. I would love to be an elementary school teacher!

My degree isn’t in elementary education and my fiancé is in the military—- we may be relocating within the next couple of months. I’m not sure if I can commit to a teaching contract because of the military lifestyle, and i dont know when a good time to go back to get my masters would be. I also dont think i could make as much money teaching vrs the industry I’m in now. I may gave to stay in the corporate world for those reasons…

Post # 68
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@kerensa:  CPA sounds like the job for you! 😉

Post # 69
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@czukor:  Thanks….I actually was going to get a master’s degree in accounting but it didn’t involve much math, and they were not terribly nice when they found out I had a degree in math already 🙁 I like math but not accounting and that makes it hard to find a decent job without being a teacher. Sigh, first world problems!

Post # 70
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Newbee

@littlebaby_S:  I’m 26, and finished my degree last May. I had some classmates who came into the program directly out of college, some who worked a handful of years first, and one of my good friends has kids my age and came back for a second career. Although most people in my program were in their mid 20’s, there were definitely exceptions. 

Post # 71
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Worker bee

@jeip:  I am now in a Publishing program. Started 6 wks ago, graduate in 11 more. Also like old manuscripts, and books in general 🙂

Post # 72
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Helper bee

I was 20 and found I LOVED photography after taking some classes at a community college, it’s a good place to go to get entry level credits done and take some classes in areas you think you may be interested for cheap.  Also the book Rules of the Red Rubber Ball helped finalize my decision.  It asked questions like what would you do for free?  What do you do when noone is telling you what to do? What enthralls you?  Which really finalized my decision after it was all on paper.  Life’s definently too short to do something not meaningful and passionate to you!

Post # 73
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

I’m 47 and I just figured it out this year. 

Post # 74
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Never!  – cannot imagine doing one thing for my whole life.

Post # 75
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I was 100% certain I was going to be a big powerful lawyer and have a ton of money and not care about much else (eeks!) and then I worked at a summer camp for kids with autism. I fell in love and chose an autism/special education masters program instead of a prestigious law school. I am finishing my masters and have a job waiting for me. I will be an autism consultant eventually but just a classroom teacher for now. Not a career I was EVER considering, but it truly found me.

Post # 76
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

cheesy as it sounds, my true calling found me….

I went through school for social service work…when I finished I ended up with an interview with an organization that has group homes for individuals with disabilites….nto sure how that happened, I guess I mailed them a resume…

I got the job….but only on call…went on to another organization with same position and then a brain injury organization…

 

ended up not happy, started working at mcdonald’s (familiar with it since I worked there in college)…..started thinking about going back to school but looked up qualifications for educational assisant and i had everything…so I applied…

Had interview, got hired as supply…

 

went on to get hired as part time…then full time…then I was ‘redudant”..so applied for different full time positions….and got one!

 

after that I was there for a couple years…had a severe behavioural student in my class whom only I could handle…so I was with her all the time and getting burnt out (had scissors, tables, chairs, desks etc thrown at me)

 

Saw a “job coach” position posted…applied….GOT IT…

 

Love my job!  I teach special education high school students how to go to work!  It is amazing……

 

if you understood the crazy hiring practice (unions) then you’d get how weird it is that I got there so quickly!  I actually got my position over a woman with 25 years at the board (she has had employer complaints against her….even since I’ve been doing this a placement would not take a student again because SHE was teh one “job coaching” them)

 

I beleive you end up where you are meant to be!

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