(Closed) When did you really find your niche?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@roweboat:  It definitely took me a while. I started off college in one field (psychology coincidentally) and through a hobby of mine found opportunities in another field. It took a lot of research to realize that the field I’m in is what I am meant to do.

I tried to leave the non profit world for law school last year and quickly found out that it was not a wise decision for me.

My suggestions would be to do some informational interviews, research some areas you think you’d like to get into and find people who do that kind of work and talk to them. Also look for internships and volunteer opportunities.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Replying to follow this thread! I’m going back to school in the fall for business but still not sure what I want to do with it.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I combined two skill sets into a specific job for a specific industry that is extremely busy where I live and will remain so.  Most of it is transferrable.  I also did what is not typical for a female.

Let me explain – I have a Diploma in Construction Engineering Technology and am finishing my BA in English/Writing (started 7 years ago, just picked up the last semester now).  I have experience working with both architects (assistant/summer student) and as a Project Manager with a construction company (commercial contractor).  Now, I write proposals for construction projects which is profitable, flexible and transferrable.

I would recommend doing something very specific outside of psychology that would compliment your college education, in an industry that is hiring.  There’s lots to do with medical equipment, sales, pharmaceuticals, etc that you may be able to use psych skills with.  Look at technical colleges.  Honestly, I know it sounds weird but it will give you the ability to do an actual job without as much training and your undergrad is a bonus.

Everyone does general stuff.  Do something you are interested in.  If it doesn’t get you the job you dream of, do something on that path and it will get you in the door.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I found my niche in high school.  I was working in a nursing home and then took classes to be a med aid and help pass out meds when we were short nurses. When I was 16 I also had been diagnosed with cancer.  I had such respect for my nurses and doctors who tried to cure us but never really knowing if they could, so their goal was to give us hope but at the same time just make our days as positive and memorable as possible.  I wanted to do that.  I learned in nursing school that it all came pretty easy for me.  I’m not sure if its because my family comes from a long line of nurses or if it was the year I spent in the hospital or if it was just natural for me.  I picked things up easily and I love what I do.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I found my niche late in life, I had tried my hand at a lot of different jobs then a life changing event when I was 28 made me reasses my priorities and I joined the armed forces, best decision I ever made and from day one I loved it.  I think it’s a bit like marriage when you know you just know you’ve found the right one for you Smile

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I still haven’t found it – but I think I am close. My first degree was in digital design. After a stint overseas in the military I realized life is short and do what you love and I love art so…why not. So I got the two year degree (in a year) and when I finished I could.not.find.a.job. There were things I could do for money but I have high standards and need more then minimum wage to support myself – plus the whole ‘starving artist’ look just wasn’t for me.

So I decided to get my four year degree – and since the design/creative business was pretty dry – I decided to look into other things. I was helping my grandmother with her computer (again) and she was exasperated that I hadn’t looked into technology – because I was a “genius” with computers. This isn’t true but I began looking at my options – a year and half later I finished a Management Information Systems degree (still don’t know what it means) and had a promising paid internship that turned into a salaried position.

To stay creatively balanced I create wedding invites (locally) and print posters. My work team has figured this out and have also tagged me to create logos, webpages and interfaces for technology we work with (I think this area specifically is going to be my dream job). Long story short – I got two weird combination degrees and they are working themselves out.

Just do yourself a favor and look at jobs that are HIRING BEFORE YOU GET A DEGREE IN A FIELD. So many people ‘follow their dreams’ all the way to the poorhouse and end up working in retail or the hotels… Get a specific degree, in a field that is hiring and then do your “dream job” as your hobby. Plus side: you don’t get sick of it because it’s your day job.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve found two niches and know I will find a third!

I went to school for Dance Education.  I taught dance/danced for 15 years.  I was definitely losing the creativity necessary to continue my job so I started to go back to school so that I could apply to a big (uh, expensive) school for my JD.  I spent one year in a paid internship with a law firm.  Best idea ever!!  I am currently a nanny because I realized I love working with kids and missed their spirit everyday I sat at that desk. Our baby is due in August so I will stay home but I know once the kids are in school I will go back to school too.

An internship/volunteer/part-time work is essential to figuring out if you will even enjoy the career you are looking at.  Why spend all that time and money to hate going to work everyday?  Do what you love to do, regardless of money.  I make WAY less than I would as an attorney but am so much happier and stress free and I would not trade that for anything. GL!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@roweboat:  I only don’t like needles if they are pointed at me lol.  The only time I ever got lightheaded over a “patient” was when I was home with my kids and I was laying on the couch the kids were playing upstairs and all of a sudden I hear a bloodcurdling scream.  I jumped up quick and ran upstairs, see blood gushing out of my daughters head.  I hurried her downstairs to the bathroom and applied pressure etc.  About that time my mom came over to visit and sees me shaking with my daughter on my lap and mom said I was just PALE.  I handed my daughter over to her and ran into the bathroom  because I thought I was going to be sick or passout or both…blood doesn’t bother me AT ALL, I’ve seen some pretty gorey things, I worked in the ER for a long time and loved it.  But I think it was from being in a lay-down relaxed position to literally jumping up and running up a flight of steps.  My blood probably didn’t have time to circulate properly before I went into “Trauma Nurse Mandie” mode lol.  My mom gave me such grief “I thought you liked blood and guts.  You always say the grosser the better. Is that what happens when you work in the ER….” Turns out my daughter just had a scratch on her head when she scraped it on the corner of her dresser, but it looks awful when I found her lol.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think your “niche” is a fluid concept.

I started out studying marine biology in college and grad school (specialized in marine microbiology/genetics). From there, I went on to help a pharma company develop antibiotics from natural compounds (using my knowledge of environmental science). Now I’ve transitioned to hep C drug development (no environmental aspect, but loveing it). I’ve basically gone from oceanic global research to human drug development. But, it’s been a really natural evolution, and I have really loved it. If you’d have asked me about 6 years ago what i’d be doing right now, I’d have said “field research on marine microbes”. But, i’m so glad that I didn’t know everything back then!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

@roweboat:  I always thought the same thing.  “Oh there’s no way I could give a shot” but I love it.  I thought giving babies shots or drawing their blood would really bother me too.  But I actually love sticking babies more lol.  Horrible to say but most of the time they don’t even flinch.  It really makes me believe that KNOWING and SEEING getting a shot is the worst of it.  If you don’t know its coming its not that bad.  Of course the medication of the shot going in does sting so I understand why children cry for that reason.

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