Friday, 19 September 2014

Career choices, career choices...

It's time that I started thinking about what I want to do with my life. Again. Because at 26, I still don't have a bloody clue. I have plenty of pretty solid ideas about what I don't want to do, but the rest of it ends up being a mystery that I'm fairly sure I should have figured out about ten years ago. Nevermind.

So, let's have a bit of a background check before we get started. Right now I have two jobs; I work as a teacher and I work as a police officer. Yep. 60 hour weeks sure are fun! I hate the teaching role and always have done. I really enjoy the police work, but at this point don't want to do it full time. It's probably the eventual idea, but I'm also not sure because if I really wanted to do it full time, I'd probably do it by now. With the teaching, I currently work in preschool but have worked in pretty much every primary age phase. Before that I've also been a sports teacher, taught English as a foreign language, and been a horse riding instructor.

On pretty much a yearly basis, I try to apply for new jobs. I never hear back from any of the non education jobs, and will be offered pretty much all of the education related ones. Don't get me wrong, I know I'm lucky to be getting those acceptances, but it's still seriously annoying. Well, we are coming up to the time when I'm considering applying around again, and hopefully the year in the police will also have helped my CV out by adding a bit of variety - but what to apply for?! Here's the considerations so far...

Teaching Assistant
The job I do now, but with less pay and less respect? Yeah, pretty much. The main difference being I'd get the reduced hours and I'd get reduced stress. My problem with teaching has never been the kids. Sure, some of them are awful, but for the most part I do actually like working with kids. What I don't like is all the pressure and stress I get, and the fact that because I have so much to do I don't really get to spend all that much time interacting with the kids and getting to know them. So I figure being a teaching assistant will mean I have no money anymore and it will be a downgrade career wise, but I think I'd enjoy it a whole lot more and to me that's more important anyway.

Project Administrator/Secretary/Manager
Yep. Some sort of office based role is, I think, what I'm trying to say. I'd like to find some sort of role within a charity that can hopefully combine my two interests - ideally working with disadvantaged kids or people. I think I'd enjoy this as it would hopefully offer me variety, but not leave me feeling completely overworked.

Case Worker
Again, ideally for a charity working with disadvantaged kids or people. Getting to know someone or a family and really being able to help them. The joy of the interaction but without all the demands.

Prison Officer
I have a feeling I probably wouldn't like this all that much, but I also have a feeling I'd actually be really good at it. See, I think being a prison officer isn't actually all that different from working in preschool as it's basically ensuring everyone sticks to a timetable and is doing what they're supposed to be doing - of course, added risks, but y'know, on a simplistic scale. I obviously know a fair bit about criminal interaction, and this'll help me if I do decide I want to go full time. I also think I might find this horrendously boring, but maybe I won't as the interactions will be more interesting to me. Hmm, not sure on this one.

Team Administrator/Receptionist
If I did this, it would need to be one of those roles where you move around a lot. So spend a bit of time on reception, a bit of time with this department, a bit of time on that one... I also don't think I could do this for just any company as I'd get bored quite easily. In an ideal world, I'd be looking at one within a police service, the prison service, or the government. Or a charity, obviously. You notice that I seem to like the same organizations?!

Other options that I don't really know much about are mainly those to do with children, ie as an early intervention worker, or some sort of intelligence analysis role. All I really know is that I absolutely need to get out of teaching/childcare/education. I've never enjoyed it and it basically makes me a bit of a rubbish person as I'm exhausted and stressed and I just don't care as much as I used to which I really hate. Compare this to the police where I sometimes end up doing 20+ hour shifts but leave in a good mood and leave having given the best care and attention that I can to the people that I've had to deal with - but, I don't want to ruin that by doing it all the time and doing the horrific shift work.I actually like working and hate having nothing to do, but it's about time I did something that I actually enjoyed.

I have two months coming up that'll give me the time to do this... I'm hoping that the year with the police will have helped me out, but watch me only hear back from schools again!


  1. Good luck with your decision. I made a major change 2 years ago, when I've started making jewellery and I love it! It was one of the best decisions in my life, I enjoy 99% of the things I'm doing, I've met wonderful new people, have to travel more. Having a job that I love makes me feel happier or, maybe I should say satisfied and content.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  2. Ugh, I have no idea what I want to do with my life, I'm currently at school and have no idea where I want to go after! Good luck with your choices and decisions! xx

    Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  3. I was pretty certain what I wanted to do then - well, between two careers! One I ended up being accepted into but circumstances meant that I couldn't, and the other I did get to do I hated! Life is confusing :)

  4. That's cool! Yeah, I have a few friends who own their own businesses in things like graphic design and they are the happiest people. If only I was creative hey ;)

  5. You're just the same as me, not a clue where I'm going to go! love the quote 'dream more work less :)'



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