Well this topic is getting a lot of attention! How about this – how many of you have re-invented yourself mid-life? Why? What worked, what didn’t? Are you happier in your new job?
Some one asked what I would like to do. I don’t have a good answer. I can’t just say I’d like to be a ______________ (fill in the blank). It’s easier to define what I don’t want to do (mindless rote work for example). Ideally I’d like to use my skills – which self reflection, a variety of aptitude tests and several friends tell me are intelligence, writing, editing, researching, common sense, a sense of humor, problem solving abilities, an interest in continuing to learn and empathy – to make a difference in other people’s lives. I’d like my work to contribute in some way – beyond putting food on my family’s table.
I guess it’s possible that ANY job could provide the opportunity to do that – a great mechanic, bartender, hair dresser, house cleaner, shoe salesperson, absolutely could make a difference in people’s lives. And I have no doubt that whatever job I get I will try to make a difference in the lives of the people I interact with be they clients or co-workers because that’s the way I live my life. But it would be nice to have a job that was actually intended to help people in some way.