I am 33 years old and I have no idea of what to do with my life in terms of a career.
I have had one long-term job and was fired. The company had to downsize and my position was gone.
I have had to move back home. I am currently enrolled in school earning a master’s in library science.
I am not that enthused about being a librarian. How do I figure out what to do?
The Career Doctor responds:
If you don’t want to drift through your life — or least another 10 or 15 years
of it until your next downsizing — you must immediately take a personal
retreat and discover who you really are what you like doing what excites
and motivates you and where you want to go in terms or a job and career.
I don’t know what kind of work you were doing before you were downsized
but I can guess it wasn’t something that inspired you. My sense is that you
are still in a bit of a shock over the downsizing and this master’s program
was just something convenient or available something to fill your time while
you continued to wait and see what was going to happen.
You need to break the cycle by taking a break. Find a weekend — at least to
start — where you can learn about yourself. Take time reflect on the types of
activities that motivate and excite you; think about activities (work hobby volunteering) that you love doing and ones that you never want to do again.
Once you have this list — and hopefully a better understanding of yourself –
then you should consider one or more self-assessment tests; there are any
number online but there are also plenty of career assessment books.
Once you have a better sense of who you are and what interests you your
next step is researching careers that fit you. For example with me it’s
activities that empower people to better their lives — so things such as this
blog my Website teaching and consulting all excite me and keep me
energized. You need to find that niche for yourself. There are lots of career exploration resources — books online sources college career professionals and career coaches and counselors.
Once you’ve identified some career options the final step is organizing a
career plan to achieve your goal — identifying employers writing dynamic
cover letters and targeted resumes interviewing well and following-up when
Some resources on Quintessential Careers that can help you with your quest: