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How did you know what you wanted to do? post #1  quote:



I am at a ccrossroads. I hate my job which I have now been doing for five years and I think it's time for a change. But it's basically the only the thing I have ever done, apart from when I worked in Pizza Hut which doesn't count.

I have no qualifications to speak of that I can transfer into another job. I want to do something else, but I don't really know what, and I don't really know where to start.

Any ideas? How did you figure out what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?


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Re: How did you know what you wanted to do? post #2  quote:

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I am at a ccrossroads. I hate my job which I have now been doing for five years and I think it's time for a change. But it's basically the only the thing I have ever done, apart from when I worked in Pizza Hut which doesn't count.

I have no qualifications to speak of that I can transfer into another job. I want to do something else, but I don't really know what, and I don't really know where to start.

Any ideas? How did you figure out what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?




Look through the yellow pages of your telephone directory..I have always considered that place as a great source of ideas for occupation seeking. If you have yellow pages; that is.


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I've come to realize that there is no happiness in working for someone else. So long as you're willing to work for an employer in exchange for meager wages as a part of "regular employment" (as I still am, but only for a short while longer), you might as well be content settling for doing something that you're proficient at, whether or not you like it, in order to ensure your ability to generate adequate, stable income that will pay your living expenses. It's important to recognize that what you "do for a living" need not necessarily translate to what you "do with your life". This is the difference between the principles of "live to work" vs. "work to live". I work to live. Don't particularly enjoy what I do, but I'm really good at it and can't make better money doing anything else at this time. But what I will do with my life will be entirely unrelated to what I do for a living.

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If you do not look forward to getting to your place of employment each morning..you will be better off eating at the "Breadline" or "Soup kitchen"

Life gets shorter as your birthdays accumulate.


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Great question Schmiggns. You're not alone. I'm in my late 20's and I have no idea what I want to do as far as a career is concerned. I thought I knew twice and was wrong both times. Some may not consider this good advice but I say don't worry about a career. It sounds like you may be fairly young, you have the rest of your life to worry about that. Who says you have to get a career? What does having a career mean anyways? Take a chill pill honey. Have fun, be free, be you.

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Re: How did you know what you wanted to do? post #6  quote:

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... worked in Pizza Hut which doesn't count.


It doesn't?

*crosses off resume*

One of my English teachers in high school told me what I should do. I thought "oh, yeah, why not?" I deviated from the plan a bit, but still ended up doing what I'm doing


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Re: How did you know what you wanted to do? post #7  quote:

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I am at a ccrossroads. I hate my job which I have now been doing for five years and I think it's time for a change. But it's basically the only the thing I have ever done, apart from when I worked in Pizza Hut which doesn't count.

I have no qualifications to speak of that I can transfer into another job. I want to do something else, but I don't really know what, and I don't really know where to start.

Any ideas? How did you figure out what you wanted to do for the rest of your life?




Did you decide on anything yet?


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My profession was always to become a doctor.

But unforeseen and insurmountable events screwed that up.


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I wanted to be a major league baseball player.
It hasn't happened. One day I will let the dream go, but not today.

My current career fell in my lap.
I got another degree in a field just for fun and the related career just happened.
And I don't seek employment anymore, they seek me.

Guess the moral is...do what you enjoy...study something you enjoy....and things happen.


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I wanted to be a major league baseball player.
It hasn't happened. One day I will let the dream go, but not today.

My current career fell in my lap.
I got another degree in a field just for fun and the related career just happened.
And I don't seek employment anymore, they seek me.

Guess the moral is...do what you enjoy...study something you enjoy....and things happen.




Very well and sagely put. It worked for me.


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Re: Re: How did you know what you wanted to do? post #11  quote:

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Did you decide on anything yet?


Nope, my boss is merging his office and practise with another bigger office, so I'll stay for that change, get everything organised and train up a replacement and then I think I'll give it the flick.

I don't know what else I could do though, but they say you have to close the door behind you before the one in front of you opens.

We'll see.


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But I couldn't even get a day off my current job to recover from surgery, you think I can get a day off to do interviews with other people? I don't think so I'd love to keep working until I could find somewhere else, but it's not feasible.

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Plus you need 'the fear' of not having a job. When you have a job, you're not trying as hard to find a new one. When that safety net is gone, you're more focused than ever. The fear can be good.

-HECK!


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But I couldn't even get a day off my current job to recover from surgery, you think I can get a day off to do interviews with other people? I don't think so I'd love to keep working until I could find somewhere else, but it's not feasible.




You might try to set up an appointment for an interview during a time that you are not at work. But first...you need to know what you are looking for.. Then it's up to you to blaze a pathway into that particular place or profession. Many companies pay for your education if they believe in you. And that's while you are working for them. You can sell yourself during your interview if you tell them what they want to hear . So research the company, then talk.

I've done it, so I know it works.


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