Career options for the culturally confused
June 12, 2011 4:06 PM Subscribe
What could I do as an nth career at this point?
posted by Listener to Work & Money (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not very good at connecting with the world, and I've struggled with what to do for work for a long time. If I tell you my thoughts about positives and barriers, would you tell me what paths you think could provide good opportunities and how I should come up with a good direction?
I've never been happy with any job I've had, nor have I been fired. I always quit. Longest jobs I've had were 6-8 years each. I'm rather independent, organized, and spatially oriented. I taught ESL, had a good unionized job. Way too much people contact. I don't particularly like people contact, although I loved being on the bargaining team. I was good for our benefits, but not for the relationship with the employer. I was a court transcriber from home. But for the bad audio, I'd still be doing that just for dollars - it was a breeze for me (except for the audio anguish). Now I'm back at university, did some geology and first year sciences. I'm doing well above average, and I love the geology. The math is hard, but I can feel brain cells growing, and it's nice to understand integrals and such. Thinking about mining or building technology at BCIT for September, the former more fun and focussed, the latter could be more independent.
Thing is, I never fit into any subculture, really. Very good teacher, but not a teacher type. Love geology, but expect I would be uncomfortable with the mining industry values and culture. I'm different (what you call a very special snowflake) and while I do try to fit in, I do stick out. The best money I made was selling a couple of houses at a peak of the housing bubble. I would love to do more like that, but don't know what I need to learn. (These were just owner-occupied, simple stuff.) Since teen years, I always wanted my own acres to homestead on. Now I'm not strong enough to fully take that on, but I still have quite a lot of knowledge and aptitude for working with food plants. If only I had a clue about business -- but I think that is much about people and connecting with what they want, not my strong point. Houses I can at least understand, and they don't change rapidly like other products. Had a longstanding interest in what's now called green building technology.
Well, I'm 50 years old, and while I've been using computers for more than 20 years, I'm not fascinated by them, so despite that being an "obvious" direction it's not for me. Well, thanks for reading this, and I would like to know your thoughts if you'd take the time to share them.