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Career Indecision is Causing Me Stress

August 6, 2011 7:15 pm · Posted by marybabysteps

I love my freelance writing career, I truly do. Since beginning my blog three years ago, I've enjoyed learning about the writing process and networking with some amazing and brilliant people all around the world. But I'm a creature of habit, who thrives on routine. In Meyers-Brigg Type Inventory speak, I'm an ENFJ - Extrovert Intuitive Feeling Judging. Basically, the big takeaway here is that I'm a people person who goes with her instinct and her heart, and enjoys structure. When it comes to freelance writing, things are often solitary and up in the air.

So I've begun pursuing some job options outside the home. I love writing my college blogs, but I miss the actual daily interaction with students I enjoyed when I was a community college adviser. I've applied for a couple of full-time college student affairs positions, and I've actually had a phone interview, with an in-person interview coming up this week. I've also applied for a couple of part-time jobs that have nothing to do with academia. Jobs at the local mall down the street and nearby outlet mall.

Another prominent aspect of my personality is my indecisiveness. I'm constantly considering the pros and cons of everything, including what to order for lunch. I mean, honestly, I don't get out much. When I get the chance to go out for lunch with a friend, I want to be sure I order something good! You can only imagine the angst I'm causing myself as I consider my career options. But just look at the support I have. How fortunate I am to have options!

Going back to work full time as an enrollment adviser would be great in many ways. Having a steady income and daily interaction with students is exactly what I've been looking for, but the commute would be long - an hour each way. One of the reasons I left my previous college position was to spend more time with my kids. Brady's three and a half now, and he goes to daycare part time. I feel like now would be a good time to give working full time a try. And the health and educational benefits offered with this position can't be beat. It would be nice not to worry about medical issues for the family.

On the other hand, I've become used to the flexibility of working at home. I'm able to attend school events, go to appointments and work a schedule that fits around my family. In addition, I'm able to pursue so many different opportunities the online space has to offer. Blogging has brought me an amazing number of opportunities thus far, and I know that if I work hard, I can make so many more for myself.

For now, I've decided to just take things as they come. I'll go to the interview on Thursday and learn about the adviser position. There's really no need to stress. If I'm offered the job, I can start to stress! No, truthfully, I'm not worried. What's meant to be will be. I don't have to quit blogging and writing if I get a full-time gig. In fact, I have no intention of doing so. I truly believe that things happen for a reason. If I decided to go back to work full time, I know it will be for the betterment of myself and my family. I can see myself growing in a position such as this. It would be just another phase in my journey of "Everyday Baby Steps" that make me the person I'm meant to be.

posted by Susan Payton
8/06/11

Whatever is meant to be, will be. Good luck, babe.


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