Big changes are coming and I'm not sure how to make the best of them. I am not enthralled in the least in my current career and would like to take a chance on something new, but should I go for something that is very risky that I love, something practical, or something that uses my mind, or is there some kind of career that embraces all of this that I am not aware of?
Man this gets long!
posted by stormygrey to Work & Money (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My SO is joining the Navy and it looks like we are going to get married, woohoo. Anyhow, this whole Navy thing has kinda taken me by surprise and I am both frightened and elated as it seems like it COULD be a really cool opportunity. I could play it completely safe, keep my home base in Atlanta and keep my job(s) and save money, but really doesn't appeal to me on several different levels.
I may really have the opportunity to travel, live abroad, and most importantly, be free (to some extent) to pursue new avenues. I have a BA in History (History of Ideas) and a MPA in Nonprofit Mangement from a school of Public Admin. I worked for years in museums doing education and outreach and I really loved it, but after working with Preservation groups I ended up doing Planning stuff and now for a state agency doing planning work. I have a couple of months and my job pays for one certification, if I was really on it, I could get a AICP certification or a project management certification, but I really, really don't enjoy my line of work. I also bartend and have for about a decade, I'm good at it, customers like me, whatever. Neither of these are "me" though, when I was younger I was convinced I was either going to be an artist or a scientist. These are what I consider "me" and I work a lot. I have every other Monday off due to a compressed schedule which means I work an average of 6.5 9 hr days a week, which blows.
I really have an engineer's brain, I love systems and processes and logic and I'm reasonably good at it. I was a presidential scholar at Georgia Tech, but I left Tech after two years. I was studying an adhoc biochem program (they didn't have an official one), I have always been intrigued by why people think what they think and how they come to different conclusions. I really wanted to explore the chemical nature of this, then later decided to study the historical view of this and changed majors. This was not a choice that led to any real monetizing career. :)
All along the way, I have been painting, making paper, encaustics, etc. I haven't sold a whole lot, but I have sold pieces and been in respected venues here and there. I am good at making stuff, be it art, craft, or say, a deck. While this is handy and fulfilling around the house, once again, I've never really found a way to turn this into a living.
So now there is this, the Navy and at least four years of most likely moving around and not having a stable job. There are some "Spouse" career opportunities, but, um, meh. There are also scholarships and programs to assist in spouse education, so I would have the opportunity to pursue further education if I desired. I am looking for a job that is flexible in terms of geography, satisfies me, and is tenable for the forseeable future. Whew.
These are the careers that interest me right now: Coding No real experience, but I can look at tables and scripts and see how it is working, doing Codeacadmy right now. Nursing the work, hours, and flexibility appeal to me, but the power dynamic does not. Physicians Assistant See above, but with a better dynamic and more schooling. Artist Very exciting, but um, money? I would like to get another BA if I did this to have a better footing in theory. Nonprofit Policy Advisor my title right now is actually Policy analyst. Project Manager I do this a lot right now, enough to qualify for the certification, I just don't like doing it here.
Jeez, that's long. Do you have any insights here? I don't want to waste this opportunity. I really just want to make stuff, all day. I love making art, but that seems rather frivilous. Please help me be a good steward of this gift of time.