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Turning Point & Other Revelations

Over the past several months I have been toying with the idea of a career move. Marketing has been incredibly creative and an exiting learning opportunity. It's been about 8 years since I embarked on this journey and I have been pondering a career move.

After I graduated college, I was not sure where I would end up. In fact, I went on 8 interviews before settling on working for a non-profit. It was there that I fell in love with the people, the job and the atmosphere of the non-profit. I had studied American Studies, which is a social science based in history, ethnography, sociology, psychology, etc. I was struggling with where this would take me professionally, and I landed a job in the non profit world. I was very naively excited. I worked at my first job for 2 years. It was awesome.

Over the last 6 or so years, as I have hopped from job to job, I have realized it's not the work so much that I mind. It's the atmosphere, the integrity or lack there of. Job #2 was a political nightmare, and if you made friends or enemies in the wrong place your chance of being promoted or being successful were slim to none. I finished my Master's Degree in Communications there.

Job # 3 was the 7th Circle of Hell. I enjoyed it for 6 months, when it turned into a sincere and total nightmare. My boss who was a female sexually harrassed me, and was generally hostile towards me. IMHO.

Job # 4. They hired me to do marketing and communications, and then they didn't want me to do that. I got laid off and was unemployed for 3 months.

Job # 5. Present job. I can't say much positive about it. I am fairly negative about the whole situation. Ultimately, it's a small company with good intentions. The atmosphere of late has been non-pleasant and generally hostile. We all put on happy faces but underneath it all there is an incredible amount of stress.

My mother is a teacher and I have FOREVER been flirting with teaching. I may have spent the last 8 years in spite of her not teaching. I just don't know that I am cut out for your typical 9 to 5 office job, where you show up and sit in front of a computer. I like humans, and human interaction. I like making a difference, and I like being able to help people. I see teaching as an opportunity to do all of these things, plus in this area it wouldn't be a pay cut at all.

I have been kicking these things around in my head over the last several weeks and I think I have fomulated a plan. The plan as of this hour and this minute is to quit this job August 1. To get a part time job in my building selling the apartments, or waiting tables and go to school full time in the fall to complete the 20+ credits that I need to teach History/Social Sciences in this great state. In the Spring, once I have the courses and I have passed the Praxis, I will be subbing to make ends meet.

The program that I am looking in allows you to take 18 credits to get quickly certified in these critical shortage areas and teach while you're taking these courses. This plan brings me a great deal of hope, and starts to show me that there may be light at the far end of the dark tunnel that is corporate america.

Toodloo for now. SB

posted on June 21, 2010 11:17 AM ()


Sounds like a plan!
comment by hayduke on June 30, 2010 9:16 AM ()
Go for it.
comment by jondude on June 21, 2010 8:08 PM ()
Thanks sista!
comment by spicybitch on June 21, 2010 12:41 PM ()
Sounds like a great plan cause you are following your heart. Best of Luck!
comment by sexysadie on June 21, 2010 12:19 PM ()

Oooo I like it! Go for it!!! I think it would be a great change for you, and one that you really need.
comment by kristilyn3 on June 21, 2010 11:30 AM ()
Thanks friend. Working out the details in the next few weeks. :)
reply by spicybitch on June 21, 2010 11:53 AM ()

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