Need a Boston-area job and feeling a bit stuck!
January 12, 2014 3:15 PM Subscribe
Hi! After many happy years as a nanny, I am now looking for a position in another field. I'm highly motivated and I have great references, but I'm at a bit of a loss. I really thrive when I feel like I can make someone's day or help them solve a problem or feel better. I'm very much a people person who enjoys making other people happy. What jobs are right for me, and where can I find them?
posted by the young rope-rider to Work & Money (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My work-study job in college was as an administrative assistant and receptionist. I I was the point of contact for visitors to my college, and dealt with a lot of people (some happy, some not). I also did basic office work and writing. I loved the part of my job where I got to make people feel welcome and was fine with the writing and office work.
As a nanny, I loved babies and children of course! I also really enjoyed doing little things to help the parents out and make them happy. Being physically active was definitely a plus for me. Obviously, I wasn't running marathons, but moving around vs. sitting at a desk was really nice.
My most recent nannying job started as basic childcare and ended up with me doing reporting (I was working for freelance journalists) and a lot of personal assistant-type work, which I liked.
For a year and a half, I organized a weekly meetup in Brooklyn and had a blast doing that.
I've also recently been on the board of a local non-profit helping with event planning and fundraising. I'm a good fundraiser and think that I would probably be decent at sales, too. I did door-to-door political canvassing for a while when my son was younger and I was okay at it, but didn't like feeling intrusive/cold-calling.
I have a BA in English, and I did quite well (Dean's list, college-wide nominee for a prize, things like that) but English literature is not really my passion and writing, while something I'm good at, is not necessarily something I see myself doing full-time.
Given that, what jobs seem like a good fit for me?
And more importantly, how do I find them, having spent the last 5+ years in a different field, in a new city? Everyone I've worked for loves me, and I know I could do a really great job for someone once I get in the door.