Thursday, March 6, 2014
Passion into Work
But... I have no idea where I'm headed. Not physically. Dan and I are planning on moving to Nanaimo or near there. But as far as a job goes, we have no clue what awaits us. We're just those kind of people. No plan is okay. However, for me, I like to at least have a direction. Thus far, my direction has been that I want to get into something environmental. Well, that's a pretty broad spectrum of careers! I need to figure out what I actually want to do if I am to get there.
I had an appointment yesterday at our local community college. I had the expectation that I would say, "What jobs are available in the environmental spectrum?" and the director would provide me a list. Well, when I asked him, he was at a loss. Apparently most people come with a career and need to figure out how to get there. I must not be most people because if I knew what career I wanted, I could probably figure out how to get there pretty easily myself. What I needed was guidance on a choice. We had a pretty lengthy and interesting discussion during which I felt like I was of little use.
I've sort of envisioned my ideal career as being an environmental engineer. Perhaps designing eco-friendly housing or a more efficient solar panel or wind turbine. But I fear the debt that goes along with extensive schooling. So we ruled out any careers that required many years at school.
Then we looked at more simplistic ideas. He seemed interested in the passion I put behind my beliefs. Suggested I might be a good instructor. Teach people how to go green through workshops or visiting schools. But I feel like I'm not enough of an expert on anything green to teach others. I would need to learn first. I thought maybe I could be a farmer's market manager. I have a little experience with that. Not a really easy career to get into as most markets have a manager for life and then the torch is passed on rather than applied for in many cases. We talked about making and selling compost. Well, you need land for that. Maybe I could invent new ways to make your house less energy intensive using simple materials rather than purchases expensive new devices. That's sort of in the direction of eco-engineering. But how could I test these things out?
It seems every direction had a few hurdles. Which is fine, mostly. I don't mind having barriers to overcome along the way, but I still felt blocked by that eureka moment when I would finally say, "YES! That's the career! That's what I want to be when I grow up!"
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