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01 February 2011 @ 02:44 pm
I keep thinking I've come up with the perfect career for myself and then I realize why I wouldn't like it, or it wouldn't fit in with my life.

I know that we can't be sure what road our life will head down, and just because I choose one career now doesn't mean I can't change it, but I'd like to have one at least for a long time, while I go through having kids and buying a condo. And then when the kids are a little bit older, I can go back and figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I know I'd love, love, love to be a chef, but not with kids. And I know something like legal secretary would be good, but do I really want to feel like someone's assistant when I'm 40?

I like my job now, but it's not secure. It's just a job, it's not something that I can take to a different employer and step right into that role again. Well, I probably could with the amount of management experience I have, but all of my experience is mainly with locally owned businesses, which aren't good for benefits, or job security. But I have a lot of freedom in them, which is what I would miss and hate about working within a franchise or chain.

I know I'd be good at some sort of social work, but it'll cost me a ton of money to go through the programs and get the certificates and then make the same amount that I'm making now, but with all that debt.

alysonfunalysonfun on February 2nd, 2011 08:00 am (UTC)
I'll be glad for you whatever you do - but don't let the fear of debt prevent you from going to school, because sure, at first you'll make the same as now (I will make less than or the same as what I made as an admin assistant for the first few years of being a speech-therapist) but after a while, you will be able to make more money and pay off the debt. PLUS you'll be doing something more fulfilling because you have expertise and special knowledge in the area (I'm not saying that being a manager doesn't require expertise and knowledge - I just mean academic specialized knowledge). In most jobs that don't require education, there is a ceiling of what you can make. You could always be a social service worker (2 years instead of 4 or 6 I think) and work with the same populations of social workers. Just some thoughts :)
jennjennsrear on February 2nd, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the ideas :)

It's not too much about the debt, but more about the time involved. I'm really hoping to find something with a year-long program that includes a practicum (which most do, obviously). I think I've really hit onto something good with Hospital Unit Clerk. My friend who's a nurse said there's a real need for them now, and as long as everything goes well I could start that program in September and actually keep my current job while going to school.

Anyway, I'll keep livejournal posted. I'm going to a couple different info seminars within the next month.
alysonfunalysonfun on February 2nd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
excellent! that sounds great :)