For the record, I’m 30. That may seem old to a lot of people and very young to others.
I’ve not been quiet about my need and desire to find a new line of work, maybe freelance work like writing or opinion-based journalism (although lately what’s the difference?) or maybe travel agent/dreamer/unrealistic goal setter. Take your pick. A deep, secret part of me would have picked librarian or successful author. I have a book finished; just can’t bring myself to finish editing the damn thing.
One terrible thing about me with this whole “wanting to change careers” movement is I research things to death. Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you that I research until things aren’t fun anymore, or don’t do enough research…although not sure how that happens. I’m pretty focused on things and once I dig my nails into something, it’s very hard to get me to not do it.
The first article I came across about switching careers at 30 gave the reader the advice to figure out their personality type before moving forward, since making any type of career change now means finding a career that makes the person happy and going for it. At 30, with the standard 62 year retirement rate, I’m looking at spending 30+ years (if I finally find something at 32 that I love and qualify for) working in that career field.
So personality tests: Myers-Briggs. That’s the go-to for any type of personality test that I know of. And Pinterest, the best procrastination tool out there, is littered with explanations about the types with memes, lists, why a type might hate you, etc.
Damn it if I didn’t come out as an INFP (Introverted, Intuition, Feeling, and Prospecting). I will say that the N could have easily been an S (Sensing/Observant) and the P could have easily been a J (Judging). I don’t know what questions would have gone the 2% in the other direction and I kind of don’t want to know. The other two, I and F: no question on those two.
So at my age, with no degree, what jobs am I looking at? Pretty much novel writing. What can I do that makes what I make in a year? Nothing without a degree. I mean come on! I have to have a degree to be a librarian, and a Master’s degree at that. That is a dream job, doesn’t pay much starting off, but as a bibliophile, in a perfect world, that’s what I’d do. Experience though counts for almost nothing. Note: My high school volunteer work and summers were spent at the library. See? Already looking at that route.
I’m complaining because now I have to get off my duff, finish my Bachelor’s, and start working on my Master’s in Library Sciences. Yeah to another two to three years of school and another three years doing what I do now. At least I’ll hit the eight-hour leave category by then right?
Listening to: Wish You Were Here by Incubus on repeat (Thank you Amazon!)
Quote of the Day: “The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” ― Max Lerner