Another 20-something stuck in a rut
June 22, 2012 6:54 PM Subscribe
I'm an underemployed 20-something stuck in a rut. Input needed, special snowflake details within.
posted by constellations to Work & Money (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Some background: I have a Bachelor's degree and license in nursing that I'm not interested in using, I currently work on contract basis as a certified massage therapist but no longer want to depend on massage as my sole source of income (because the income is non-existent), and I'm still dealing with residual guilt about having a degree that I basically deluded myself into attaining.
Anyway, I'm at a crossroads. After graduating and flailing around for a while, I've finally realized that I should take time to explore the interests that my heart is drawn to. But I've met an obstacle - possibility paralysis, anyone?
Suffice to say, I don't know where to begin. I'm overwhelmed because I feel like I'm starting over completely now that I'm free to do what I truly want. Money is a priority, at least to alleviate my anxiety about paying my bills, but equally (and possibly more) important is doing something that will help me zero in on what really interests me. I've been thinking a lot lately about occupational therapy, counseling, and public health, and in that vein, I'm taking statistics and a couple of social science courses in the fall at a community college, but that still leaves afternoons free for work or volunteering.
My question is, what's my next step? My mind is so muddled right now, and I need some outside perspective to gain some clarity. Thanks for reading.