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Did you ever find your calling? Or, are you still looking?

Have you been satisfied with a field of work? Or, are you still looking for the "right thing?"

Ever career change?

I've had two major career paths. A business major who was in Project Coordination & Social Work, then Finance... went to teaching. And, none was my "calling." Perhaps there is no such thing, but I haven't ever had a very fulfilling career that felt like a good fit. You?

silvereyes 8 Mar 21

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Haven't found it yet. I rolled all over the job market, from sales to medical and nothing yet has fit.

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Never did what I wanted to do, changed careers/industries many times, too old now so am retiring yet again, hopefully for the last time in 5 months.

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Never had a "calling", or what could be classified as a "career".
I think few people actually experience what could be called a calling.
I think most of us just work to pay the bills keep a roof over our heads, and try
to make enough take a halfway decent vacation every few years.
Work is just work. Hopefully, whatever work you're doing actually helps people
in some fashion.

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I want to be an actor but my calling might be writing or radiology or being an opinionated disabled bed bug who knows

i think i'd choose writing - or waiting, for another call 😉

@walklightly I started life out as a master groomer. I truly felt it was my calling. I loved what I did, and all the animals I could love on. It was great. Then my accident took away my grooming so I found a new career as a dispatcher. It's great, I love it, but it is just a stepping stone. To what? No clue. If my body stops destructing I may find a new calling. If not? Well who knows.

I'm just letting the current pull me, who knows where it leads. Now it's telling me to sing pocahontas' "around the river bend" lol

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I think my calling went straight to voice mail.

I gave my original career choice at least 15 years. Luck was not on my side and so I moved on.

The last thing I've been doing I really like, but the landscape is changing faster than I can adapt. No clue what the next 10 years will look like for me, but ironically, I'm trying to get into Social Work now.

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I've found my calling. I just have to go through the training required to have a chance of getting hired.

What area is it in, if I may?

Google Team Rubicon. They are going to hire me, they just don't know it yet.

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I'm kind of in the same boat. I'm interested in so many things and I've been employed in many things. I've had more than 10 different careers or businesses in my life and nothing has really taken hold and just consumed me. Don't get me wrong I've loved several careers and businesses but nothing seemed to provide the level of joy and income I was looking for. I've had one of my businesses for 28 years and loved it when it was good. but ever since 2000 it was never the same. I've just started two more businesses based around my passion for writing and my passion for motorcycle trips and I'm hoping one or both of them we'll really take off. Hang in there, you'll find something eventually. It's hard when you're good at several things and your interested in multiple things because it makes it hard to choose. In some ways I admire those who are only really interested in one or two things. It makes choosing a career much simpler, but then you lose some of the variety of life.

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At this point I hope it's not having one.

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That's a broad range of disciplines you got to experience.

I'm doing now what I wished when I was 15. I was introduced to computer programming and was 'blown away' by the possibilities.

But growing up a strict Catholic, I always joked that I would be a priest. Being an atheist is the polar opposite. 😛

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I've worked in skyscrapers, I've worked in barns, and a few things in between along the way. My resume reads like a kaleidoscope. An old hard-boiled abstract expressionist painting professor once told me to have a variety of experiences. I must have thought that sounded pretty good. It hasn't been too bad too often, or too fun too seldom. what's next?

your description of a life well lived so far sounds refreshingly like my own life's experience - including the painterly guidance - of a sort 🙂

it's been interesting often enough if nothing else..... but I guess it has been something else from time to time...lol.

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I think I found at least the general area where I'm happy. Will I remain happy? Maybe, if not, I'll shift. One thing certain though is that regardless of what I do it will have something to do with life sciences. Application may vary but this is where I feel like I belong

1

I'm still a couple investors away from achieving my "calling".... One of these days though...

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I found my "calling" a long time ago but it doesn't pay the bills. Being a novelist has always been my goal and no other job or career path has ever paid all my medical bills let alone satisfy my passions. I self published my first novel a few years ago while I was unemployed but I didn't make much money and experts say it takes a lot of luck to make anything choose to a living as a novelist until you have at least 5 books published. A hooked reader needs another book to pick up when they finish reading the first or they move on. I'm trying to write a sci-fi series now but it's a slow process..

Good luck in finishing the first five!

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Yep. I am working my first real job that I started in 98(was layed off for a few years in the middle) and it is everything I've ever wanted. I am making more than average for my neighborhood and enough to live comfortably, but am still making quite a bit less than median pay for my job title and experience, but I have freedom and I work in a market I find satisfaction in. It is amazing.

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I dunno. I've always been a book worm and writer, so majored in English in college, with no definite idea how that would earn me a living.

Sure enough, there's no money in it, but at least it's something I will actually do, and it gives me space to move around and have variety. I don't agree with public school methods and most universities only hire part-time, or adjuct, professors, to avoid paying benefits.

The best I found was teaching ESL overseas in Thailand, where I can actually make a living because of low cost of living, but I did teach ESL at a university for a year, before they closed the program due to recruitment scams.

1

Find my calling? Sometimes, I can't even find my phone!

Seriously, in high school, I wanted to be an Electrical Engineer. Later, I moved toward the IT world and gave it a good run. What I have discovered is that I LOVE to build people up and help them find what is best in themselves. What that will lead me to do, I have no idea, but it will be fun and fulfilling. Meanwhile, as a Sound Engineer, I get to do some of that by helping people sound the best they can, whether it is a vocalist or just someone wanting to play some CDs. This'll do, for now.

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Only if shout really loud and the sound waves bounce off the walls. lol, Too many interests to settle on one.

1

Many years ago I went to a career counselor at a local college. I wasn't attending, but it was a college for women, and to new attract students, they were offering a number of summer programs, seminars, and non-credit courses, so I gave it a shot. I was enormously glad I did.

I had been working in business, banking and insurance, but found so much of it boring. Tried to take a class in basic risk management theory and literally fell asleep. The Career counselor provided a series of tests - most of the standard ones that they use - personality, aptitude, interest, etc. As they came back we discussed each one, and guess what? I was in the wrong job! After about 2 months of weekly one-on-one meetings, we came up with a plan to help me get into something more suited for me. Within a year, I was working at the same company but making about 15% more money and was much happier - I actually looked forward to going in.

I did make a few more job changes, but knowing what my skills, talents and job needs were really helped more than I ever would have expected. Hope that helps!

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my calling was to stay flexible, so i kept adapting to whatever opportunity or need or desire should arise. all this ended up becoming a curriculum vitae that would confuse even me. call me the wanderer.

1

I have too many callings. Too many awesome things to do in this world. I could never narrow it down to one. Maybe you're the same.

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I feel bad answering in the positive since everyone else seemed to answer negatively. My entire life I had wanted to be a pilot in the Air Force (just like my daddy). While I did have to join the Air Force without a pilot slot waiting for me, I was very fortunate because less than a year in I was selected for pilot training. I had a nice fun career; recently retired, but still working in aviation and still working on an Air Force base (Altus AFB, OK).

I know what a thrill flying is, I've taken some training. If I had known when I was 18 how much I loved flying I would have done what you did. Congratulations!!

1

I rather feel that I have several, which is part of the reason I have not achieved nearly any of them.

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Still looking.

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I've been doing the web development thing since college — so about 20 years — but I feel pretty burned out. I have experience in graphic design, logo design and branding, promotional writing and editing, and so on, so I may try focusing on PR and marketing when I move on from my current job.

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I think I'm one of those people that were never meant to do one thing. I've had a varied work life where initially each job was good and interesting but it didn't usually take long, only a couple years before I started to get restless. Many things interest me, but nothing has continued to hold my attention. I may be a Jill-of-all-trades.

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