|08-13-2009, 06:28 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Choosing my career path...
I've been away for some time but it feels good to be back!
At this moment I'm working on what I really want with my job and future. At this moment I'm a webdeveloper at a company (so no freelance). But I don't 'love' this work anymore. At this point I'm not 100% sure what I would like to do. I love PD and Mental Coaching. I also like sports a lot.
The problem with my current job is that I have some debt because of a study I followed. I also have a lease-car for another 2 years (I have to pay around 8 or 9 thousand euro's if I want to break the contract). My planning is that I stay working at this company until my lease contract expires. And then I'll quit. I can't really come up with something better.
The second problem refers to the first paragraph. I don't really know what I would like to do after this job. I need to study this new job in order to get a new job or start my own company (This is what I want most!). As I said I love PD. But also sports. The problem with sports is that it doesn't pay that good. Ofcourse I need to do what I like... but I also need a decent income.
Money at this point is also a problem. I would love to leave my parents' house next year, so I need some money to buy furniture.
Does anyone have any tips for me in choosing a new job, and how to get the knowledge in order to start a new career in 2 year, or maybe sooner?
Last edited by Majesticzero; 08-14-2009 at 11:51 AM.
|08-18-2009, 08:17 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: London, Great Britain
The 'curse' of freedom
Apologies for my abruptness, but I dare you to read your post again. You're in debt, living with your parents, now dilly-dallying about what you want to do. You have little focus, and by the sound of it, little sense of responsibility.
Now the positives, you are healthy, with supportive parents, and a secure job. I am sure you are capable of moving onto whatever you chose yet you prefer to become a victim of opportunity (freedom). Excluding the existentialist sentiment, focus on your position and figure a way to break to of it. You can then work towards what to do.
|08-19-2009, 03:45 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Hey Majestic...dont take the fact that no one has responded personally. I've been following Steve's blog for over three years and recently it's become much slower than usual. I notice that forum posts don't receive half as many responses.
Anyways, I think the first step would be to get rid of your debt.
You should really think about what you are passionate about. I wouldn't jump in to anything too quickly without thinking it through first, because then you could end up in the same position that you are in now. Make a list of your interests and then try to see if you can come up with any related career paths. If you don't want to go to college for another four years and get another degree, it would be good idea to think of something that could play upon some of the skills you have acquired learning about the career you have now.
From personal experience, I would say, not to come up with any risky, or unrealistic ideas about how to make money. I've seen dozens of times on this forum that people think they can drop their careers and start an online business over night and become an instant success. The truth is that those types of moves are extremely risky and very few people ever become successful.
If you're looking for stability, financially and in all aspect of your career, I'd also suggest you find a decent 9 - 5 job that will be able to provide you of all of that. If you would like to have more independance, it would be a good idea to find a stable job, save some money for a few years and then make the giant leap to owning your own business. That would however go against everything Steve talks about, since he would most likely suggest you to "just go for it." That's a good idea, but it also risky, and I doubt that you are willing to take upon too much risk given your current circumstances.
When I want to think of cool business ideas, I turn on some inspiration meditation music, close my eyes and allow my mind to day dream and fantasize for ten to fifteen minutes. This won't work for everyone, but it sure does work for me. When I do this, I imagine myself owning this really hip bookstore/cafe. Cool bands would come play in it and I would be able to share my passion for music, food and books with everyone that comes in. Think of something that would make you happy.
Like the other poster, I think it would be a good idea to start to gradually take on more and more responsibility. You need to be able to acquire a certain level of confidence and self esteem in order to succeed at anything like that.
Make a list of clear step by step goals. Mine look like this:
1. Go to school - focus and achieve A's.
2. Get a part-time job - save money.
3. Graduate College.
4. Get a nice job - save 30 000.
5. Open my own business.
Then create a list of the things you need in order to achieve your first goals. For example, my first steps are: - Decide which program to take.- Enroll and get accepted. etc..
All of this advice is ofcourse just that. It won't all work for you, but hopefully you'll be able to derive some important info and ideas from it.
If you like personal development, maybe you could become a counsellor? This would involve helping people, giving people advice and it would also of course involve some personal development. You could specialize in something you are passionate about.
Go to careercruising.com - type in the user name reding and the password -dunn . Check out all of the career profiles. (This site is awesome, I've spent hundreds of hours on it). It's the best site if you want information about careers. It'll tell you the wage, the education required, and give you personal examples.
Last edited by Knk; 08-19-2009 at 04:00 AM.
|10-07-2009, 07:49 PM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Schuylerville, New York
I just happened to stumble across this thread. I think the previous commenter gave you some pretty good ideas. How are things going? I like the idea of taking some college courses.
I am assuming that you are fairly young because you are still living with your parents. There is nothing wrong with that.
A lot of people aren't sure what they want to do, especially young people. Some people know what they want to do when they are 10 years old. Some people don't know when they are fifty.
You can accomplish a lot in 2 years with some planning.
|10-07-2009, 11:38 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Toronto, Canada
Hi Majesticzero! I would like to advise you to start network marketing career. It'll totally change your life . You get a lot of time for yourself and your family, and you get financial freedom. If you have any questions message me on the forum.
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