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How to find a job?

July 18th, 2016 at 11:35 pm

I have been reflecting a lot on going back to work. But the problem I'm running into is what do I want to do? Not just what do I want to do but how to get there? I mean it's so hard to find your passion. But more than that how to even get back into the job market after so long out.

For me it's been 6 years. What does a person do? I've been toying around with trying to set up and internship. But the question is will that help land me a job? But before finding a job how do I find the right one?

I can see that my DH struggled a long time with his career change. He's so excited with his new career and he's passionate again. The two months he was job hunting I saw the high and the lows and the doubts. The doubt that he had made the right decision. That he would be able to find a job. He wondered if giving up something he knew he could do. He actually still has imposter syndrome. He wonders if he can do it. If they'll realize he's fake.

That's exactly how I feel. I don't really want to do what I did. If I do something new then do I need to get more training? How do I test out the new career track? How did you change careers? Was it worth it?

2 Responses to “How to find a job?”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm in the middle of this too. The what next? I've worked as a journalist since age 18, now at 41 with two little kids, I don't want to go back into that industry again. The nights, weekends, holidays, plus the job insecurity with constant deadlines and lay offs.

    If you want to go back and read my posts from about a year ago, you'll see a lot of the same issues playing out, and the folks here were very generous and helpful with their comments.

    We're in the midst of deciding what our second act is going to be.

    For me, I'm going to try my hand at writing fiction instead of news, for a year or two. Then, if I have to go back to an office, I'm planning to look for an environment or farming-related agency or non profit to ease my way into part time (probably in PR). In the meantime, I'm planning to volunteer at an urban farm run by our local foodbank as soon as both kids are in school all day.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Just wanted to say I've seen internships work for a career change. AS (who got her old publishing job via an internship out of college) then hired some interns who weren't college kids, but were looking to change their career path entirely. One woman, who I actually poached for my company for a bit, went from being a tattoo-shop manager to copy editor!

    But I can't imagine how weird and intimidating a career change would be. Although it would help if I'd be willing to forgo my income for a while! That's the most intimidating thing for me, voluntarily taking a big dip in income. Clearly that doesn't scare your stalwart family, so at least that's one hurdle down!

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