My husband and I (both in our 30s) will graduate in May and then move to a completely new-to-us part of the country for a fresh start. During our last semester, we want to work together on defining and figuring out what our new career paths will be in the next phase of our lives. Please help us design a program to help us ask the right questions and do the right work to help us figure out what we want! More about our specific situation within.
We have been where we are going to school now for 3 years. Prior to this, we were at a big crossroads and both looking for a big change. School was a sort of gestation period for us where we have been regrouping and taking a break. My husband is completing his undergraduate degree (in art, which he's always wanted to study), and I am getting a master's degree in art education, which I chose because it allowed me the opportunity to take art classes while we were here. We both have work experience in various fields that we will probably not wish to re-enter. Neither of us is expecting/wanting to find employment necessarily directly related to what we've been studying, either. Right now we are not as concerned with finding actual jobs to apply for as figuring out exactly what we want to look for when the time comes.
We were thinking we would both read the latest What Color Is Your Parachute
and possibly work through the workbook (unless that's a waste of time?) and I know I want to read some of Barbara Sher's books (Refuse to Choose
, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was
-- any preferences here?). We also both have done Johnson O'Connor aptitude testing
, so we'll review the results and notes we have from that.
What else should we be reading or doing to help us gain insight into the types of jobs we might want to pursue when we move in the spring? I really want to approach this like a class and have regular, structured (ish?) meetings. Any advice on how to go about this process would be awesome. There's also an online class based on What Color Is Your Parachute
now, but I'm not sure that would work any better than just doing the exercises in the book. What do you guys think? Money is pretty tight, but we're definitely willing to get some books or other things that genuinely will help us (again, looking at it as a textbook or whatever). Thanks for your help!