I didn’t think either my partner or I could ever lose our jobs. We’re both very well educated, motivated and talented (and modest) individuals who always strive to succeed. Yet, just the other day, I fell victim to the swinging axe of the economy and lost my job. With it went my income, health care and for the moment a great deal of my self esteem.
So what now? Well, it’s actually probably for the best. My job wasn’t the most fulfilling intellectually and while I at times enjoyed the work, it is time for something else. However, apparently bills like to be paid; a shocking fact I know. So now I must begin the search for another job, and quickly if I want to continue to eat and feed my super cute pups.
But will it be in the same field? Who knows, but probably not. I was never supposed to be in that field in the first place. I have both a BA and a MA in International Relations because I love dealing with international affairs and I of course love travel. I need to find a way to pursue these passions professionally. My former career involved domestic politics which I enjoyed, but I have always wondered if that was the best long term option. Now, at the tender age of 36, I have the chance to start over and pursue what really drives me; about which I am truly passionate.
My fear? Well, I have many, but they mostly revolve around the fact that I’m too old to start a new career. Who is going to hire me and trust that I will excel in a new career? I know I can do it, but it’s hard to convince others of that fact. But I am smart, I am determined and I will find a way. I just have to believe, for my own sanity, that there is a master plan and that this is a part of it. I don’t want to be that guy always pushing that oh so heavy boulder up that damned hill.
Have you ever been in a similar position? What did you do?