After another summer of being stuck indoors I have come to the absolute final conclusion that working a full time desk job is truly not for me, and I will never find happiness or contentment with my life if I’m stuck indoors in front of a computer. Funny thing to hear from a blogger, but blogging takes a small amount of time compared to an entire work day.
I’m approaching a milestone birthday, I’ll turn 30 at the end of the year and I’m really reflecting on my 20s and what I have accomplished and learned about myself. The one reflection that is screaming at me is that I haven’t been working at a job I’m passionate about! I keep going for the safe jobs that pay well and have good benefits but I’m certainly not passionate about government work!
I’ve mentioned it before but I originally went to college to get my degree in Physical Education, I wanted to coach more than anything. But when I proudly told that to the people in my life (parents, relatives, a former high school teacher) I was bombarded with “No! Teachers don’t make any money” “You’re too smart to be a teacher” “Go into business where you can make some money” so being only 18, I took others people’s advice and majored in Public Relations, a field which according to the chart offered steady pay raises throughout my career.
I have been working in public relations/communications for just over eight years now. I’m good at it, I have done well in my past jobs, I get along well with people and I’m a hard worker- but I don’t enjoy it. Not one little bit.
My dream is to go back to school for two years and finally get that physical education degree but I worry that financially it just isn’t possible. I married for love, not for money. What am I to do?
I have thought of all kinds of avenues; starting my own consulting company and taking on fun clients that I can be crazy and creative with, get my certifications to teach group exercise courses, get a couple of part time coaching jobs to equal one full time job. The easiest thing to do would be to find a PR job with an outdoors/fitness focused company that offers me a creative outlet and encourages employees to get out and move (Lululemon, I’m talking about you). The problem is because my husbands children are in Southern Alberta, I need to stay here for the next 10 years and there aren’t many fun & funky companies based out of Lethbridge.
What’s a girl to do? I have a lot of thinking and figuring out to do. All I know is that come December 18, I want to have a semi-clear path as to the next steps of my career path.
Suggestions for a career path I would love?
Have you done a major career change?