Tell me about your career path...
So, lately I have been struggling a little bit in the career area of my life and I would love to hear about your careers and how you got to be where you are and if you are happy.
For me, I started as a cashier at a local grocery store and I worked my way up to manager over four years. After graduating college with a Bachelor's in marketing I took the first job I was offered in a field I had no experience with - search engine optimization. I was in that for about 8 months, then the company started to go south, so I got out. Then I worked at a bank for a while until I found something more fitting: Marketing Coordinator for a local real estate agent. That didn't go so well (boss made me very uncomfortable and said some really inappropriate things to me) but I stayed for about 20 months and then started at another search engine optimization company started by a friend of mine.
I'm not in love with the field at all, and over time I don't like how the company is evolving. I want to find a job that I truly enjoy, but up until now, that has evaded me for various reasons. To be honest, m best job (and where I was happiest) was at the grocery store when I was manager.
I'm not really sure where to take my career. I'm young- 26... but I feel so lost. My plan when I was in college was to work in the non-profit sector. I'd really love to market a charity and do fundraising. But I have no idea if I would actually like it, as I have no experience in that, and I am having a hard time breaking into the field because I lack experience specific to non-profits.
I have a lot of varied interests in general. My dream career changed 20 times over when I was growing up, and I still don't have "one thing" that I just really want to do. Sometimes I feel wishy-washy, like I am job hopping or wandering without purpose. Other times I feel like I put too much pressure on myself to find the perfect job, because a lot of people never do. I wonder if I should consider my career just a means to an end and just focus more energy on things I truly enjoy outside of my career, like cooking and traveling.
So where are you in your career, and how did you get there? Are you happy? Do you want more? Want less? Something different?
Personally, I think my perfect solution would actually be to become a house wife. I know that probably sounds strange for me to say, but I love to cook and clean and take care of the house, and to garden and work on projects and exercise every day, and I would be thrilled with the idea of doing that every day. But that will never happen because my husband has known what he has wanted to do with his career since he was 4 years old and he's doing it, and he's happy, but money is NOT something that comes easily in the field he is in.