Jessica’s thrown herself into finding out everything she can about potential new careers. But the information overwhelm is making her feel more lost than ever. How do you make progress on your shift when nothing's getting any clearer?
What's your career history and current job?
I'm in sales and marketing.
I conduct research and analyse data on potential prospecting targets. From there, I determine key contacts and reach out to them in order to gain their business.
My educational background is in interpersonal and technical communications, such as writing instruction manuals and professional documentation.
I was recently let go from my job, so now is definitely the time for me to make a change.
How do you feel about your work?
I enjoy the research and analysis.
And I love the thrill of a big sale.
However, I don't like the long hours and pressure involved.
At my last job, I was working outrageous hours and barely even had time to wash my clothes or clean my house.
I need something that makes me feel happier.
What would you like to be doing instead?
I'm interested in doing something to do with research.
I get totally absorbed in research and love to learn about whatever subject I'm looking into; everything from animals to medical articles. I enjoy uncovering facts and leads, and jumping from one find to another interesting fact.
I've also been considering something to do with gardening or homesteading.
I enjoy hard work and watching things grow. It's great to see the results of my labour and I feel good about giving back to the earth.
However, from the research I've done, I'm having a hard time finding the financial profitability in this field. There's also the fear that my crop might fail, or be damaged by pests or disease.
And, sometimes, I do like going to an actual job and participating with others. If I were to pursue a career in gardening or homesteading, I feel like I might miss being in an office and learning new skills in a work environment.
I want to find a career that incorporates both physical activity and work that requires me to apply my education.
But I'm one of those people who are all over the board.
I have a lot of things that I like and am interested in, and I love ever-changing work environments. I know that I could be happy with an array of careers as long as they were close to home, had decent benefits and great pay.
What's the biggest obstacle in your way?
More than anything, I feel lost and overwhelmed.
I'm doing so much research, and nothing's getting any clearer.
The more I search for my true talent, the more I become 'all over the place' and frustrated. There are so many careers and titles, it's hard to focus.
My biggest fear about a career change is failure. I'm terrified that I won't be a success. I'm also afraid that I may not fit in with a new team.
I'm lost and don't know which direction to head in.
How on earth do I find something that I love to do, won't become bored with and makes decent money?
Can you help Jessica?
- Have you been in a similar situation, or are you in the same boat right now?
- How do you think Jessica could move her shift forwards?
- Do you know anyone she could talk to?
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