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So Is It Bad That I Still Don't Know What I Want To Be When I Grow Up?




DH and I have both had career changes over the years. He went from retail management to state clerk to IT whiz. My changes were not quite as drastic (apartment manager to accounting clerk to small business bookkeeper). I have now past the magical milestone of "40" and am looking at my life wondering do I really want to do this for another 25 years? It's not that I don't like my job. I do like the work at the company I am with currently. But its a small business with a single owner who is looking to retire in the next 5 years. He has no children interested in running the company and only one employee who might be interested. So essentially, it is time for me to start looking for my next job. But the more I think about it, the less I want to continue this same line of work.


Of course, the next question would be...well what do you want to do? The short answer..I don't have a clue! You would think being a mature self-sufficient adult, I would have some thought on what I'd like to do. Maybe I should join the circus. (Of course there is my mild phobia of heights and clowns.) Or perhaps, I could be the next musical sensation. I like to sing and play the piano. (Nevermind my DD in the background begging me, "Please, don't sing, Momma.")


The truth is most things that seem interesting to me either would take more schooling (and therefore money) or talent (that unfortunately I am lacking). I love animals and would love to be a vet. While that might not work due to the massive amounts of money and time for vet school, maybe I should look into vet offices that need non-vet help. Maybe even bookkeeping help, something I'm actually qualified for.


So there are possibilities out there. I'll keep brainstorming. I welcome any other ideas. Along with my love for animals and music, I also enjoy reading and solving puzzles. I know... I could become a professional jigsaw puzzle put together-er! Surely, there's a market for that, right?



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I'm sure you'll come up with something! I'm 31 and last year I decided to completely change careers, from lab tech in the food industry to accounting. I'm getting free tuition through an employer, so it's much better than paying full price!


You understand bookkeeping, I heard about an interesting career that's becomming more common, forensic accounting. It's where you research and find out about errors, lies, etc. Anything that people try and hide in their books.

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I don't know why it would be Bad, so I'd have to say No, it's not Bad.


Have you read some of DR suggested books?


Decade(s) ago there was one called "Do What You Love The Money Will Follow"


Might be worth reading.


I have no idea what I want to do either -- Wait!! I take that back.

I want to Do Nothing!


My current job is Just A Tool for a suitable combination of schedule/income. I don't consider it an identity or career or goal or anything, it's just serving its purpose until my Next Season of Life ...which is coming up pretty quickly!!


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Hi, Cletc! I'm with you. I think my ultimate job would be Retiree. Scratch that. Make it Independently Wealthy Retiree! Let me know if you see any openings in that field. :lol:

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