I haven't posted here in quite some time, probably because life has been so busy and crazy. It has absolutely nothing to do with you guys personally, I swear! I am still growing CPs, with a recently assembled sundew tank and a variety of hardened Neps for my new patio. They are all more or less "on hold" while I figure my life out, which translates to me watering them but not paying them much attention!
I graduated college with my BA in Psychology a few weeks back and now I'm on a small vacation from work (teaching drum lessons) in order to find a new job in San Diego (my new home as of February 1st). My girlfriend and I already have an awesome apartment here, so it's just a matter of me finding something that can pay the bills. Here's where my predicament comes in...
I've been on a serious job search for probably two weeks now, looking at everything from magazines to the San Diego Zoo and I'm having a hell of a time finding a) what I'm qualified for b) something fulfilling and c) something that pays well. I've lightly considered doing something related to psychology, but it's not my first choice. I'm more interested in psychology than I am passionate about it, but if an opportunity came along I probably wouldn't pass it up. My current job has given me valuable experience with kids, music education, and running my own business, which is essentially what I've been doing, since my students pay me directly and I pay the store studio rent. While I plan to still teach part-time here in San Diego, it's not my first priority. I'm very much ready for a career change, one in which I'll have the opportunity for advancement (I've hit the ceiling at my current job with roughly 50 students, plus there aren't any benefits). Luckily my parents have been nice enough to let me live at home while I attended school, allowing me to finish my education and save a substantial sum before starting my journey. I also feel like I have the potential to do something amazing with my life, and moving to this incredible city is the key to unlocking this potential.
Here's a short list of my career interests and what I'm good at:
- Video Games
- Social Work
All of those tie in pretty closely with my hobbies, and it's quite difficult to find work in any of those fields (especially entry level!). So I'm reaching out to the TerraForums community in an effort to gain some perspective and hopefully some fresh ideas on how to go about this job search. I'd love to hear what you all do for a living and how you started out. I feel like I'm in a quarter life crisis (or post-college purgatory, if you will) and I absolutely need to find work before the move, which is roughly a month and a half away. I'm posting this from my new apartment in San Diego, and I'll be here until Saturday continuing my job search, so I'd greatly appreciate if you all could post some opinions, experiences and advice over the next couple days to aid in my quest.
I really hope this post doesn't come off as whiny, because I'm very excited about this huge change in my life. I've lived in the same city (Alta Loma, CA) for almost my entire life and I feel like there's this whole world of opportunity opening up to me. The challenge is finding what suits me and what I'll excel at, and what will ultimately make me happy and provide a stable and enjoyable life for me and my girlfriend. It's all very difficult and scary work, but I know there's a place for me somewhere out there!
Having said all that, I must now say this: Man, growing up is hard!