The Future

February 3, 2008 at 3:23 am (blogging, myself & I, rambling, real life, resources, worries/concerns)

I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life, and which direction I wish to take it in. I would honestly love to work in the social services field, but I’m not entirely sure that I’m cut out for that. I have never been able to separate work from all the other little categories of my life; I tend to bring it home with me. That can be very damaging when you are working in the social services field. Being a Child and Youth worker takes a certain kind of person who not only wants to help and is good at it, but one that can also separate it from their lives and not constantly think about their cases. I’m good for the first two, but I have yet to master the skill of leaving stuff at the office.

So now I am rethinking my life – which I really should have done before going to college. I was so sure that was what I wanted. Now I’m afraid to make the same mistake; be so sure of something only to find out it wasn’t what I wanted or expected. I’m making each decision by heavily weighing the pros and cons – and I’ve yet to come up with any ideas.

My only talents really are writing and helping people. I have never been wonderful in the maths, and thanks to my lovely medical condition, I can’t do all those physically demanding jobs like being a doctor or nurse. A lot of people want to write books, and unfortunately not everybody is successful. As my mom has always said, it’s a rather unstable future.

Now I would like to help people, travel, and write (not necessarily in that order). I have always wanted to travel all over the world, and write about my adventures, and helping people has always been something I enjoy doing.

Here are some careers I’ve been reconsidering:

  1. Journalism: I could travel to exotic locations and do a write up about it. Or I could do write ups about local restaurants and stuff. Mmm…food tester!
  2. Photographer: Photography is always something that has interested me; and I could possibly travel with that too.
  3. Child and Youth Work: Despite me being unsure if I could handle the pressure, I would certainly still love to help children/youth or even adults.

My friend Matt told me about this program called Katimavik; basically it is a program that runs for 9 or 8 months and participants live in three regions of Canada and do volunteer work. It’s an amazing learning experience and sounds like an adventure; to both travel and help people…wow. And it could quite possibly give me time to decide what I want to do, since I’m really no closer to deciding what I want.

So I applied for an application, and I will be talking to my parents. I really don’t want to go to school for anything unless I am positive it is what I want.

I have a question for everyone: how did you choose the career path you’re on now? How do you know when it’s right?

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6 Comments

  1. Steph said,

    I choose the path I’m in now because it interested me (graphic designing). I’m now in my 5th year and I’m doing just fine. But honestly, I don’t know if it was/is the right choice. I suppose I’ll never know.

  2. Kathy said,

    I think it’s very difficult to know when you’re 18 what you want to do for the rest of your life. I changed careers when I was 27 (computer animation to electrical engineering), which involved going back to college and completely starting over. My mom changed careers once when she was in her 30’s (elementary school teaching to accounting) and then briefly again in her 50’s (selling running shoes at a specialty store). My dad changed careers when he was in his 50’s too (educational supervisor to computer and network support). I was very worried about picking the right thing when I was in college the first time, but I have come to believe that there are no wrong decisions. It’s hard to know whether you’re going to love something before you actually try it. And if you love it at first, you might reach a time in your life where something else appeals to you more, and you can pursue it at that point. If you do what feels right to you now, you’ll gain experience and more knowledge about yourself which will be a good thing, even if you change your mind at some point sooner or later in the future. I don’t regret my “first career,” though my second one suits me much better! I think I needed to do what I did, in the order in which I did it, in order to feel as happy and fulfilled as I do now.

  3. Nursing School BSN said,

    I always envied those who knew what they wanted to do all the way back in high school and they went ahead and did it in college. I was never that lucky or unlucky. What I mean is that I’ve had adventures. I’ve read a ton of books. I lived a life uncommon and at some point what I started doing found me and when we found each other, we knew it. Until that time, you will have to do lots of stuff you may or may not like. You will start to know what interests you. In the mean time get a philosphy.

    If you don’t live by a philosphy, you will live by someone else’s thinking and if that comes to pass, what you will live by will be run of the mill.

    My career didn’t really start until I was 35. I didn’t settle for just anything. I tried to, but I got too bored and lost interest and moved on.

    Along the way, though, I never had kids and didn’t get married. That is one sure way that life will choose for you.

    Now, I’ve got three kids and have been married to the love of my life, and while I’m a ‘late bloomer’ to some, I woldn’t do it any differently if given a chace to do it all over again.

    It all works out in the end. That what the movie Ground Hog Day with Bill Murry is all about. One of my favorite movies of all time.

  4. Bennie said,

    My friend, I didn’t hit on my the career that I love so very much until after 40. Keep in mind you are not locked in to what you do at any time (unless of course you’re doing time). Your options are wide open. I think the volunteer program is great and may give you some place to start.

    You do write very well but journalism is very difficult to break into at the ground-floor level. Your understanding of children that are “different” can be a great thing after all is said and done. Given those two talents look for an opportunity to use the first to promote the latter.

    Having gotten to know your story more and more there is no doubt that you will be very successful at whatever you do!

  5. Tiffany said,

    Certainly, trial and error has a lot to do with finding the good fit.

    For me, it dawned on me at one point that illness, death and dying was an area I feel very comfortable moving around in. For most people, it would be a depressing nightmare. I extrapolate that out to people in general and ask; “What is it that you enjoy that makes most people want to run screaming from the room?” Perhaps that is a place to start a career goal exploration…

    That said, I think you have a huge heart and a lot of empathy and compassion to go around for other people’s struggles. On top of it, you have an amazing writing ability. My vote is that you find a creative way to combine the two!

    I wish you all the best in your journey. If you’re like most people, it will take awhile to get “there” so be patient with yourself! 🙂

  6. SDE said,

    One of the best pieces of advice I’ve received in regards to figuring out a career path and life direction is: “Find something you love to do; then find some way to get paid for it”.

    You’ve done some thinking on what you would love to do (i.e. Journalism, Photography, Social work). I recommend researching what types of careers come from each option by talking to people who work in the industries and reading about each career. I would suggest volunteering in the industry as well to see if you’ll like it; it’s the best way to find out what the career is “truly” like. A career you thought you might enjoy might not turn out to be all that you thought it would be. Be optimistic and always realize that if you try one career path and it doesn’t work out, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with going back to the drawing board and trying something else out until you find what’s right.

    Oh ya…Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do either; you’re the only one on this world that determines that.

    Best of luck

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