Author Topic: Getting back into the workforce - no idea what direction to go.  (Read 187 times)

sjc0816

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This is such a bizarre place to be. I quit an outside sales job back in 2008 to stay home with my son, who had some non-serious medical issues that required a lot of time and appointments. This turned out to be a great thing for our family as my husband's career really skyrocketed and his income almost doubled a few years and a relocation later.

Our kids are older now - 7th and 4th grade and I've been volunteering a TON over the last decade and working part-time for the last 5 years. We are toying with my going back to work in the somewhat near future...but I have NO idea what I want to do. I have a journalism degree, several years of PR firm experience, several years of outside sales experience and massive experience in non profit program management (volunteer) and board experience. My part-time employment is a hodge-podge of fitness, marketing and administrative experience. All over the place.

I have never really had a career vision for my life. I fell into a journalism degree because I didn't know what to study....interned and a PR firm because I had friends there....was hired on full time. Moved states to be with my now husband...struggled to find a job for 7 months so I took the first thing I could find...which was an outside sales job. I did pretty well in that job but hated it. Because of all of this, I'm not very confident about my work history and feel like I can only qualify for maybe administrative assistant types of jobs even though I think I'm capable of more. I feel like I would take any job offered to me...and am very open. But most jobs seem to be looking for very specific skills that I just don't have unless I go back to what I was doing pre-kids and I just don't want to do that.

I guess my question is....how do I even begin to narrow down what kinds of jobs to look for if I have no idea what I want to do? Has anyone ever been confused like this?

My dream job would be a personal trainer..but that job just doesn't fit my lifestyle right now with our kids activities being nights and weekends. I need something during the day. I've toyed with getting a masters degree but squashed that idea pretty quickly since I just have no idea what direction to go.

I wish someone would hire me on as an intern. I don't even care about money at this point. So lost!


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Re: Getting back into the workforce - no idea what direction to go.
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2019, 12:58:32 PM »
How about starting with the areas you volunteered in? Did you enjoy any of them? Are they things that can turn into a career path?

sjc0816

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Re: Getting back into the workforce - no idea what direction to go.
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2019, 01:18:14 PM »
How about starting with the areas you volunteered in? Did you enjoy any of them? Are they things that can turn into a career path?

I loved being treasurer of our PTO. It was a 2 year board position managing a budget of around $60,000. Planning/budgeting for the upcoming year, managing payable/receivable, etc. I sat down about a year ago with a woman at a financial temp agency to see if I could parlay that experience into a part-time temp gig to learn the ropes...something entry level. She laughed me out the door. "PTO?" she said....and giggled in a very condescending way.  It was embarrassing.

It's frustrating because I am such a quick learner and I feel like any company would be really lucky to have me if they are willing to take a chance on me. I've juggled multiple part-time jobs, raising kids, taking care of dying parents and volunteering 10-20 hours a week for the last decade.

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Re: Getting back into the workforce - no idea what direction to go.
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2019, 01:31:37 PM »
Do your dream job. Lots of people workout during the day and during lunch times. You could even have a focus on working out for the SAHPs in the area. There’s lots you could do in that space. Hell, you could occupational therapy and work with people or some type of rehabilitation work.

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Re: Getting back into the workforce - no idea what direction to go.
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2019, 05:27:22 PM »
If you liked the budgeting, what about becoming a book keeper?

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Re: Getting back into the workforce - no idea what direction to go.
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2019, 05:35:54 PM »
What color is your parachute? Great book for career direction help. And this article seems relevant here... https://www.google.com/amp/s/tim.blog/2011/09/29/8-steps-to-getting-what-you-want-without-formal-credentials/amp/