Subject: Re: Career Coaching Consultation
From: Andrea Ignacio
Date: Mon, November 26, 2012 12:15 pm
Thank you for your response. …….
In answer to your questions:
1 – I’ve taken tons of online career and talent tests (the ones that will give results without purchase) but what I really have frustration with is figuring out what type of job to specifically seek out or create for myself that fits what I’m inspired to do. I hear of all sorts of job titles randomly that are unique (they don’t have college degrees, because they’re sub-specialties and/or custom-created positions) but there’s nowhere to go to punch in all your areas of interest and talents and motivations and have some magic brain pop up with an inspired idea for a career especially for me. I should have done this in high school, a million years ago. Hindsight, etc. I need inspiration.
I ask a lot… I’ll understand if you’re not magic. 🙂
2 – So many things hold me back from being content in my career. I chose the wrong one (as much as I believe strongly in Chiropractic) and now have a massive student loan debt to pay off. I can’t accept a job that doesn’t pay enough to cover past debt. I cannot afford to go back to school to switch it up, because I don’t want more debt. I don’t have the energy to go back to full time work AND study AND somehow pay rent for who knows how long until I’m done. And since I have so many areas of interest and talent, how do I pick exactly the right college path and not end up regretting it yet again? As much as my current job offers benefits I cannot duplicate in the US, it’s still…not home. I’m in a place lacking much familiar in terms of applied critical thinking, but the benefits make me stay. Some of the issue is laziness. Not to say I’m too old to change or try, but many positions in my field expect a certain type of extroverted, high energy personality in order to hire, and I’m not that girl. There’s also the fact that I’d lose 30% of the benefits I have here working anywhere else, barring a miracle. I’d get my soul and sanity back, but…one must pay the bills.
3 – I’m 50% urgent and 50% complacent. I’m not confident I’ll be able to actually find what I’m looking for alone or with help, and the benefits that keep me here have to be weighed in. If your service is inspirational, likely my outlook will change, but right now… blah. I just re-contracted, and am essentially treading water until magic happens.
4 – I guess based on #3, the honest answer (0-10) is 5. I want change, and want to be inspired and fulfilled, but I’m not willing to suffer for it. I’ve had enough of stress and conflict and struggle and patience.
I don’t have a terrible attitude, I’m just trying to be as honest as possible with you.
Hope you enjoy the novel above. One of my interests is writing. Hope to chat with you soon.