Laura R. on September 19, 2016
A little introduction: I've been at my job for nearly 12 years. At times, it has been fun but I definitely became stuck after 5 years when I was diagnosed with precancerous cells. 6 years passed and I almost left multiple times thinking I was healthy and pre cancer free. I guess I am thankful I didn't leave since full blown cancer hit me 3 years ago. Went through chemo/radiation, surgery and I worked throughout treatment, work kept me sane and encouraged to strive onwards. Now I'm cancer free :D.
Within the last year though, I find myself incredibly unhappy with work. I'm the type who finds most if not all of my life fulfillment through my job, and when I'm not passionate for what I do, I'm definitely having problems.
Most of the issues stem from my department's disorganization, low pay, bad management, and lack of hope for advancement. These issues with the department started with a reorganization, making this last year very challenging for the company overall. Many of my co-workers and peers have quit or transferred which in and of itself is troubling, both to the health of the department and for me, since my job was my main social circle. So leaving is quite possibly one of the hardest things i will ever have to do.
I have built up experiences and skills that are very unique and I'm not sure how useful they'll be elsewhere. I do have a Bach. of Arts in Comm. Studies but I've never "used" it per se in my hourly position.
I'm considering moving out of state as well, but this might be too much all at once? My reasoning is that I'd like to own a house some day and living in Southern California, I don't know that that will ever happen here. I also want to be closer to nature.
Another possibility is returning to school to get education that will lead to a specific type of work but I'm having problems with that as I'm very interested in returning for engineering and I have a Bach of Arts. Most grad schools will only take BSs. Maybe I don't even need to go back to school? I feel I do though, the subject of my degree doesn't sound as appealing as it once did.
Most importantly, I need to find a job that makes a difference and that I'm passionate about. Sorry, it's a bit generic but not knowing what I want to do with my life has certainly contributed to staying at my job for as long as I have (besides the need for health insurance.)
Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!!