Seeking a Career at Age 36

Heidi writes:
Hello I am a 36-year-old female wanting to get a “career.” I have one semester
of college under my belt as a history major and have a 3.5 GPA. I would like to
go into the museum field but it is very hard to get a job in museum studies. Funding
is bad and most people have at least a master’s degree. I enjoy history but I also
love science and technology computers and have even thought of business. I don’t
want to teach and although I love science I am bad at math! I am an army wife and
am not able to just relocate to any city I wish. Any suggestions? Are there websites
for finding careers based on some interest questionnaire?

The Career Doctor responds:
Well first don’t let your age be a hindrance to any career you pursue.
It is NEVER too late to change careers. And while being a military spouse
will make your job search a bit more difficult it should not make it impossible.
You are on the first step of finding a career. Looking inward and evaluating your
likes and dislikes and strengths and weaknesses is invaluable.
You have a couple of options for your next steps. You could go the career assessments route. There are quite a few of them — both online and in print –
and your college career services office should have access to a number of them.
While they are often helpful remember that they are basically going to tell you
the same things you already know — you like history science and technology.
The counselors there should also be able to give you some direction. To me
some career options would be museum curator city/county historian historical tour guide company archivist reference librarian and computer help desk technician.
Another option is to conduct some informational interviews to explore various
career options. Schedule meetings with the director of the local museum library
and historical society. You might also interview some chief information officers of
local companies as well as park rangers of local historical sites. Informational
interviews are great ways to learn more about careers and career paths — and
build your future network of contacts in your new career field.
Finally another option is to head online and conduct your career research on
the Web. There are many sites with detailed information about careers… and
most professional organizations also have Websites. You could start here in the
Career Exploration
section of Quintessential Careers.
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