Many of us have been asked if our jobs are in line with the careers that we envisioned for ourselves as younger people. Spoiler alert: my current employment is not even in the category that I imagined as a child. Is yours?
Is it too late to change the path?
I’ve had two distinct careers, both of which found me rather than the other way around. There have been successes and failures in each position I’ve held through the years. Each job has satisfied my desire to help people and be engaged in meaningful work. That should be enough; right? Nope. I want more.
Is this just a mid-life crisis? Maybe.
When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. In college, that wish became a desire to teach history, but at the university level. Teaching was still on my radar, but I wanted to be involved with teaching adults. Life happened. Becoming an educator did not happen.
Well, it sort of happened. Though it has been several years now, I was fortunate to have the experience of training staff on emergency preparedness concepts. Even though I frequently forgot the content and speaking in front of groups made me nauseous and nervous, I didn’t want to give up.
Currently, I am involved in a 14-month professional trainer certification program. The recommended readings lead me from rabbit hole to rabbit hole on the internet, but every link brings me to something even more interesting than the previous one. The activities have gradually increased in complexity and I enjoy the challenge of this. Everything about the program is amazing and even more valuable than what was anticipated. This program has inspired me to make a significant career change to one focused on staff training and development.
As I have always been competitive with myself, knowing that I want to be exceedingly good at this has led me to seek more education. I’ve applied to graduate school for an Adult Learning and Development program. Keep your fingers crossed for me that I get accepted!
Are you where you want to be? Is it too late to change the path you are on?