What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up?

I’m often wondering what I want to be when I grow up. There’s so much happening in life and the world that I can’t imagine that there won’t be a time when I find a new career to explore. I think my curiosity about other people’s jobs and how people spend their days and the different skills they need for their jobs motivates me to take classes, try different volunteer opportunities, and gain insight into life outside of the classroom. What’s interesting is that by acting on this curiosity, I develop my teaching skills and make connections that help me bring “real life” into the classroom.

I wish I had more time to write about this topic, but it’s getting late.

So let me jump to a book that I recently read, Finding Your Very Best Next Work Life: Strategies for successful career change by Martha E. Mangelsdorf. Here are five reasons why I think this is a practical manual for anyone searching for career change…or maybe even something more like career diversity.

  1. Much of this book is dedicated to taking a hard look at the practical implications of career change: finances, health insurance, and personal relationships.
  2. There is an entire chapter with advice for exploring careers while maintaining the stability of a current career.
  3. I like that Mangelsdorf reminds the reader to think of opportunities for change within the same organization or field.
  4. Mangelsdorf shares stories of people who have succeeded at career change, however she also shares stories of people who didn’t find the success they were looking for in a career change. She shares what was learned from both the positive and negative experiences.
  5. Finally, I appreciate the constant reminders that significant and successful life changes often take a massive amount of time, planning and work to accomplish.

 

 

About misslittleowl

A teacher writing about local happenings, school adventures, intriguing books, desert gardening, and whatever else she stumbles upon that needs sharing.
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