I’ve been agonizing over this fact. I don’t have a career nor do I believe myself to be on a career path. Upon graduating in June of 2013, I found myself lost and having absolutely no clue what my next step should be. I felt unprepared which didn’t help considering that I have always been a planner; I planned to easily to get a job right after graduation. I was also very determined to immediately be independent from my parents upon my college graduation and the strong need to avoid moving back in with them, which is how I found myself scrambling to find a job in the beautiful city of Portland, OR. Those three and half months launched me into major anxiety with a dash of depression.
Because I was told that in order to have a shot at getting a good job in the real world, I had to get a Bachelor’s Degree.
And no, I’m not putting all the blame elsewhere because I learned that there some things that I could have done differently or if I had worked harder at finding a job earlier on in college, etc. But then I wouldn’t be quite who I am today, right? Anyways, unless you were going down a particular career path like medicine or maybe business, I found that most employers could care less what you got a degree in. Okay, so they probably cared a little bit, but overall the fact that you simply have a degree pushes you higher up the stack of resumes.
As some of you may remember, I have plans to move out of the state of California and into the state of Colorado. It will be happening within the next four months (hopefully). Knowing this, I started applying for jobs back in August which mostly just gave me a lot of practice for phone interviews. Out of those phone interviews, I only got two Skype interviews which led nowhere.
Having jumped back into the world of job hunting, I’ve been thinking more about what I’m supposed to do for a job since I figure I will have to move there without a job already lined up.
I find myself back in the position of not really knowing my next step career-wise.
I have a small idea of the kind of industry I would like to work in and the few that I know I wouldn’t want to work in, but not much else. I know the details. While before that would push me back into anxiety, I find myself totally fine with not having a designated career. However, what has started to worry me a little is whether it’s ‘okay’ or ‘normal’ that I don’t have a career or working hard towards building one.
And you know what? IT’S TOTALLY FINE/ OKAY/ NORMAL. And I’m not alone.
The first thing I did of course to figure this out was to turn to Google. I literally searched ‘is it okay that I don’t have a career just a job.’
The first link to come up? This article It’s Not Just You—I Don’t Have a Dream Job Either by a Kat Boogaard published on the website The Muse.
Hers is not the only article telling me that I’m not alone in the fact that I don’t have a dream job or career. I like this article from the Melyssa Griffin website: Why It’s Totally Okay If You Don’t Know Your Dream Job. Some of the reasons make total sense and I would have thought of them if I took the time. The one that stood out the most to me was:
You Have The Chance To Really Think About Your Life Path, Rather Than Just Your Career Path
As I thought about this, I started down the path of thinking that maybe I don’t necessarily want a career; at least not a traditional one. I mean, I always thought that I cared more about my career over certain aspects of my personal life, like getting married and having the 2.5 kids with the perfect house. When I moved back home at the end of September 2013, I finally felt like I could take a breath. I immediately started looking for basic starter jobs like receptionist and office assistant just so I could save money while I figured out the things important to me.
While my current job showed me a path that I wanted to take that aligns with some of the important details of what kind of job I want, I still find myself knowing that I would be okay if that path didn’t work out.
Because I learned that I care more about building the life I want rather than focusing on a career.
To do that, I found that I simply want a job that I don’t hate that pays enough for me to live beyond paycheck to paycheck. I figured that having that job is really just a means to an end. Before I would have wanted to change that; I would have wanted to go discover what my passion is and find a job fueled by the things I love. But now, I discovered that my passions are things that I can easily fill my life with outside of work. One of those ways is through this blog. It is through this blog that I get to immerse myself in my passions like reading. As for one of my other biggest passions, baking, I do that whenever I want to get my fill.
So here I am on the verge of a new chapter and I find myself without a definite career path in sight. And I’m totally okay with that. While my feelings are quite the mixture of excited and terrified about this new chapter in my life that will start soon, for once I’m content to see how things happen.
Tell me your story! Are you like me and without a specific career? Or are you set on a career that you enjoy? I would love to hear so leave me a comment below :)
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