When I went to college, I didn't focus on my studies as much as I should have. I chose the college primarily because it was a women's college. At 17 years old, all I was thinking about was getting out of my tiny hometown and meeting girls, and finding the love of my life. I did well enough in all my classes, but I wasn't really focused on what I would do with my degree. And I did meet Elizabeth at college, so my real goal of going to school was met. Shortly after graduation, a job opened up in the library of a nearby college. It seemed perfect, as it would allow me to stay in the area and wait for Elizabeth to graduate. As an undergraduate, my work-study job was in the library so it seemed like a logical choice.
I worked at that job for a few years, and then Elizabeth got accepted to a PhD program. We had to move a few states away, and I needed to get a job quickly. The university that Elizabeth had just been accepted to had some open library jobs, so I applied and was offered a position a few weeks later. Since the university offers tuition remission, I was able to go to school part time and get a masters degree in library science. Unfortunately, I realized about a semester into the program that I really have no passion for library work (academic libraries at the very least).
I've been feeling a sense of urgency lately to find a career that I'm passionate about. I think a large part of it has to do with the upcoming milestone birthday, and some of it is just good old fashioned burnout. But I think the most important driving factor is that we're trying to start a family. Whenever I do go back to work after having a child, I want it to be to a job that I care about. I think it's inevitable that the place you spend the better part of your waking hours will have a huge impact on your state of mind. My current job leaves me feeling drained, bored and uninspired. That's not the kind of person I want to be for my children. So now, in this terrible economy, I am trying to explore the job market and other possible career options. I'm a little nervous about being unqualified for anything new since all of my experience is in libraries. If there's anyone out there who has a job they love, I'd love to hear about it. I need some ideas and inspiration!