Dear Cosmic Career Coaches:
I am currently pretty confused about what direction my career should take?
I was working right out of graduation in a government job which I quit after having babies as I did not enjoy the job being too administrative. I imagine that I would enjoy a more dynamic job that allows me to travel abroad , however with young children now, my options are limited.
In order to have a career and yet have time for my kids , I’m wondering if I should consider a job in real estate sales that offers flexible schedule? However I’m not sure if I can make it in sales? and I’m more drawn towards the arts and a career that has more meaning. I am also interested in astrology and counseling but that requires me to further study for the relevant knowledge and skill set as right now I only have a generic business degree.
Another sensible option would be a shift job as a childhood teacher, that would match well with my current stage in life, however I have a feeling that I won’t have enough patience for young children (also the reason why I decide that I can’t be a full-time housewife looking after my kids ).
Marriage and family is very important to me so I feel torn between work and family. I am not certain of what talents or skills I can value add to a workplace, but I just know that I need an identity outside of marriage for me to stay sane. Really appreciate any advice or insights you can offer me from looking at my chart.
Hi Confused, many thanks for reaching out. I can sense the tension that’s happening for you! It is clear that you need work outside the the house that challenges your mind, supports your understanding of yourself as an independent person and feels meaningful. It is also clear you have family commitments that require this chapter of your work life be flexible and doesn’t necessarily require further education.
From your chart and from your note, I gather that choosing work solely for the schedule will not suffice and that as innately good at being a mom that you are, there’s a strong drive in you to contribute in additional ways. In situations like these, I think you are on a helpful track to think about what talents and needs you have. Here are a few I notice in your chart:
- Seeing the big picture
- Giving of yourself generously
- Investigating, research – finding what is really going on
- Taking on challenges, leadership
- Coming up with new ways of approaching things
- Focus on things that feel deeply important
- Autonomy, independence and freedom to set your own agenda and act on it
- Variety of input and information
- Mental stimulation
- Expansive, broadening your experience of the world
- Environment of trust
Could you be a great counselor (astrology or otherwise)? Absolutely! Could you also excel in real estate and other relationship based sales careers? Totally! Often when there seems like many options for what roles/titles you could do and it is confusing which one would be the best fit (for now and the future), I suggest looking through a different lens to alleviate some of the stuckness.
One such lens is looking at your search first through the eyes of sector. While travel is difficult at this stage, perhaps focus on work that will bring an expansiveness to your mind. Consider working at a local educational institution where you can be close to learning, take advantage of free lectures.
Another lens is to think about culture and mission. What organizations are doing really innovative work that is helping people? Are there places where you can really get behind their mission?
Looking at your chart, this upcoming year is a great time to look at these kinds of questions – how does you work life need to change? When you get right down to it, what is at the core of what you want and need?
Sending good thoughts your way as you uncover what’s next!
If we can be of any additional help, feel free to reach out to me or Tom!
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Aubrie De Clerck