I was sick for a long time. I am well now. Help me find awesome work.
July 26, 2014 11:25 AM Subscribe
I am kind, youthful, energetic, bright, and capable and my resume is bare due to prolonged illness. I am working retail and I am bored, underpaid, and frustrated. Help me find my way.
I am bursting with a need for new, creative work. I haven’t found what to do yet though.
I was sick with a fatigue/pain/allergy/depression type illness for most of my teens and twenties. I never received any accurate diagnosis and conventional medicine had nothing to offer me. Much despair for many years.
During this time, I wasn’t able to really look inside myself and decide what I really wanted or what I was really about because I wasn’t me during this time. I was a miserable, despairing, exhausted version of myself.
After not working at all for 6 years after college, I have ended up working in a retail job for an unpleasant boss for the last 3 years, believing that was the best I could do.
More recently, I took some classes on self-help and leadership and I took the bull by the horns and organized a rather large charity event in an extremely short period of time. We raised close to $20,000 for a great cause. I pushed through all the reasons that usually have stopped me from beginning projects and finishing them. I got out in the bigger world and dealt with it.
I felt capable for the first time in a very long time. I became fearless of losing my job.
At the same time, I have found an accurate diagnosis for my illness and an effective treatment.
So here I am in my thirties, feeling great, with a bachelor’s in science, and only some retail work on my work history.
I am smart. I am actually, technically a genius as far as my IQ goes. I am good at verbal things, math, and spatial things. I got very good grades in college, despite being really sick. I am super, super nice, caring, and feel a strong connection to helping other people have what they want. I am deeply creative and don’t feel complete without work that incorporates creativity.
I am bored shitless in my job. I don’t like repetitive low-meaning tasks like working a cash register or saying the same things to people over and over.
What I love to do is gather diverse information from everywhere and create excellent solutions that positively impact other people. I love solving problems, all kinds of problems. Design problems, people problems, business problems, etc. I love puzzles like these and I love seeing other people get happier.
My resume is bare. I have all of these skills and I don’t know yet what to turn them towards.
Because I just regained a quality of life, I am hesitant to go back to school unless I feel extremely passionate about the course work.
Also, I am considering taking part time work somewhere somewhere with a pleasant work culture to make time to work on whatever comes next. So if you have any recommendations for part time work that pays decently and is pleasant.