Help me find my career path
November 16, 2011 1:47 AM Subscribe
Help me find a new career (apologies for the long ramble) - I know there are lots of posts asking about switching to a more creative career, but I want to go the other way.
posted by Megami to Work & Money (9 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have always viewed myself as a 'creative' person. While my previous jobs have not really been in that field (administration, management and then editing and research) I always thought that finding a 'creative' job would sustain me. I now have a small letterpress studio that is still in the beginning stages, and while it is fun, it doesn't quite feel 'right'.
The other day I did an online personality test, based on the Myers-Briggs test. The result really surprised me. So I found another, with different questions, and got the same result. And then another. And another. I know they are not 'the real thing' if they are online, but I got exactly the same result, almost down to exactly the same percentages, with different questions (INTJ if you are in to that kind of thing). Thinking about it, if I think about what I am good at and what really absorbs me, rather than what I am interested in and what I would 'probably like' this result actually makes a lot of sense. I like cataloguing and classifying, planning and organising; I like editing more than writing (I have been doing a little bit of freelance editing work, but the market here in the UK is very hard to get in to). Even with creative pursuits, often the planning and 'technical minutiae' are fun for me.
So I am looking to change career - can you help me find something that I can do well, get absorbed in, and fits the special snowflake criteria below. I was thinking of training as an indexer but not sure there is much call for the job.
Special factors - I am happy to retrain (I have an undergrad degree with a double major in History and a Masters in International Relations, both from good Australian universities) but it would have to be by distance/online. And I need to find something that is 'Location Independent' - over the next decade we are going to be moving a lot, as in every 18 months to two years. So something like an archivist is not going to fit the bill.
BTW - I am 35, so probably need to get a move on!