I’m in my 30s now with a skin care license. I dropped out of college when I was 19 and the loans from that year are paid off.
I feel completely inferior because I don’t have a Bachelors but at the same time, the paths I’m interested in are lower paying and not worth the debt.
I’m getting ready to take a test to get into a nursing program but the closer I get to the test, the more I dread it. I can’t see myself working in a hospital unless it’s labor and delivery, NICU or PICU.
I’m currently playing around with a website, trying to start up a decoration business and writing on the side. Writing is one of the things I can’t burn out on. I burned out with skin but now I miss it (it’s low paying, I left my last salon job to take a job at as a cashier because it was higher paying with more hours)
What I REALLY want is to take a local Real Estate course but with the housing market…
I have a plan B for school, I’ve been almost fully accepted and I’d be doing a 2 year graphic design course. Graphic design isn’t guaranteed either but it’s more up my alley. I want something creative and something I won’t burn out on but the guaranteed jobs are what I need since I have 2 kids.
My husband is obsessed with cars. We have 3 (1 car, 1 truck and an SUV)
He took a course in automotive tech and is now working in the field.
I envy him. He’s 2 years younger than me (very end of his 20s) but he knew what he wanted. I do know what I want but writing is side income so is selling houses until you have experience.
I left the retail job back in November because they cut my hours in half. Now, I’m waiting to hear back from another retailer. I really love working in a retail environment but each time I take a job, I go in wanting to move up. Then I see how little the managers make and how much extra they have to do. I wanted to move up in my last job, coworkers were telling me to go for it. They were pointing out when management jobs opened up. One manager I spoke with gave me the immediate advice of “don’t do it,” especially since I want a really good work/life balance. At my last job, I had days (plural) I only saw my older child awake for less than an hour before school. I’d go home and they’d be in bed. I feel like any job I work right now is just wasting time. I want to be a writer. I work on it when I can.
I want to be a designer. I suck with marketing myself. I’m sick of dead end job after dead end job. I want a real career but nothing interests me outside of writing, real estate (people told me it was barely worth it but I wanted it since I was a teen. I would walk around town and stop at every open house. I’d walk in and just breathe in the new house smell. I had a collection of every house detail paper I passed. I would day dream about showing the houses.)
When I was in high school, I attended a work camp. We would scrape, prime and paint houses in various neighborhoods. I loved it. I just love houses. I’ve been advised against going into trades because even in my 20s, thanks to a medical problem I was born with, my spine and back are deteriorating and I have Osteoarthritis. I was starting to get interested in either going into carpentry or taking the electrician course.
I feel like everything guaranteed would make me miserable and everything that I’m interested in is either going to be a dead end or low paying.
I feel lost. I’m working towards my goal of being a writer but that won’t happen overnight.