Thursday, August 30, 2012

If I could Change My Career Path

Wow, Kat’s prompt today seemed pretty easy to start with. I figured I’d just say, I wanna be “this” and that would be simple enough. Nothing is ever “that simple” is it?

If I could just change my career (which right now I just have a job) it would have to be one that I could ‘magically’ do because I hold no degrees.

Right now, as of today, I’d like to work in Social Media.

Yes, I blog, am on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and…and…and…so it seems like it would be a natural fit for me. I’m a conversationalist, social. But I know there’s more to it than that. You have to have the mind of a Marketer. Which, I’m not sure I have.

I have actually been considering this for the company I work for. They aren’t in Social Media at all. In fact, only in the past year or so have they gotten their website running and in the past few months has it really been user friendly.

I talked to my HR person about a week after I came back from BlogHer, started doing some research, got some really good ideas of how I’d like to handle it, etc. I’ve had help and offers of help from some great people on Facebook and Twitter. Not surprising, right?

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I think about where I am now, compared to where I’ve been. When I was younger, the thought of being a veterinarian was wonderful. I could take care of animals and dogs would lick me every day. It was a delightful childhood dream until I realized I needed to excel in science and math. Yep, that dream went to the wayside.

Unfortunately, I had no back up plan. School was never my strong suit. My favorite classes were library assistant, choir, lunch and my free period. Tells you a whole lot there, doesn’t it? lol What we didn’t realize at the time was I had ADD. It wasn’t really diagnosed when I was in high school.

I ended up becoming a stay at home mom. I didn’t realize it was an “ok” thing to do and that it could actually be considered a career/calling. I just knew I loved it. The only down side to this was I didn’t prepare for “what if”. And “what if” happened. I became a single mom, not once, but twice without a career. I did go to Community College, but truly, my degree is worthless. It’s almost 15 yrs old and it was all these basic classes that mean nothing.

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Now for some true thinking about a career path. I would’ve loved being a SAHM my whole life. It was what I loved doing. Now, Social Media has gotten hold of me. I love it. I’m the social part of SoMe! I think I might have to get a degree in Marketing, which a friend told me requires calculus!! UGH! But maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to do this thing and really enjoy my career!

If you could change careers what would you be doing tomorrow?

Mama’s Losin’ It

Writing Prompts:

1.) Share something your child taught YOU about parenting. That I can make good choices…sometimes!

2.) What do you remember most about your childhood bedroom? It has posters of horses!

3.) Tell us about something you broke. My daughter’s heart.

4.) If you could change career paths now and be anything you wanted to be…what would you be and why?

5.) Write a post about your third grade teacher. No clue who that was


Jen said...

I also wish I had discovered a whole lot earlier in my life what I really wanted to do with my life. Becoming a mom and staying home with my 4 kids was part of it. But now, 20 years after I'm out of college, I realize that I've always wanted to be a writer. Why couldn't I have realized that 20 years ago? I guess I wouldn't have had the life-experience to write about, and I wouldn't have had Blogger to showcase my skills! LOL. :)

Anne said...

Go for it! The marketing degree. I'm often so afraid to take that first step.. something always holding me back. I think I'm too old to "learn new tricks" but then I remember hearing about 80 yr old woman getting their degrees. We are never too old to learn. Also a great quote I saw the other day and showed my kids... "Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success. Be happy in what you are doing, and you shall succeed." Buddha Best wishes!

Nicki said...

Go back to school!!!!! I went back when I was 34 and I am now working on my Masters. Like you (described), I was not college material after high school. My favorite class was lunch and I spent most of my time smoking in the bathroom or in detention. But it is a whole new ball game when you are older. I went to community college and graduated there with a near perfect GPA then got my BA from a highly respected university. Now I am working on my Masters. It isn't easy going at this age by any means but I will be so happy when I have that degree. We truly can transform ourselves and although I don't know you, I believe in your ability to accomplish that dream!!

Liz Mays said...

I honestly don't know what I would do! Seriously, I have NO CLUE!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mimi - Not sure if my previous comment went through. It was great meeting and talking with you at the conference. Thanks for such a nice review of the Best Loved Recipes cookbook. As promised, here's the Facebook link for The Horse Shelter. Take care, Karen

carol daniels said...

You can do the math! I went back to college, single with five kids. Math, Chemistry, and the Sciences were hard, but there's help out there.... tutors! I didn't think I could do it, either. But 7 years after I started, I completed a B.S. & M.S. degree and put myself on a career path, even though I didn't need it several years later. You are never to old, never too in-experienced. You can do it!

andie@multiplemama said...

It sounds like you're evolving in a lot of different ways. But it also sounds like you have more skills than you give yourself credit for. I think your company would be crazy to not take advantage of your skills. And you should not be afraid to offer it. For a fee of course. Because you are worth it!

The Meaning of Me said...

Enjoyed your post - very honest. Discovered my ADHD later in life, too. Enjoy the ride! Stopped by via Mama Kat's. :)

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