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Help! I'm Stuck in the Wrong Career
Are you a copywriter trapped in an accountant's body? Or are you a sales manager who longs to be a clinical therapist? Not everyone gets things right coming out of the gate. Our first job tends to be doing something we may or may not have real talent for, in an industry that doesn't really interest us.
From there, you get promoted or change companies, but usually stay with what you're familiar with. Before you know it, you're on a career path you never intended. If you think you're stuck, think again. It's not too late to try something else.
Lawyer to Football Coach
Tim was an associate with a Chicago law firm. His parents were proud and his friends were impressed. But something was missing.
"I wanted to be a lawyer, because I thought it would prove I was a success," Tim admits. "But it just didn't feel natural. I couldn't stand the sedentary nature of the job and I wasn't using my talents as a motivator.
"I began thinking about what excited me... what I naturally gravitated toward," he recalls. "I realized it was football and mentoring young people."
Tim met with his high school football coach who just happened to be looking for an assistant. Tim asked for the job -- and got it.
"People thought I was crazy when I quit the firm," Tim says. "My father -- a plant worker -- was furious at first, because having a lawyer in the family had been his dream as well as mine."
But Tim loved his new life, has had great success and today is the head coach of a Division III college.
Stay at Home Mom to Aesthetician to Doctor
Karen was a 38-year-old stay-at-home mom who had recently gone through a divorce. She had a college degree in biology but hadn't worked in 12 years. She found a job at one of the many med spas opening in Southern California. She began as a receptionist and showed such an aptitude for dealing with customers that the spa's sales grew dramatically.
When the owner complimented her on this, Karen asked if he would help her get an aesthetician's license. He agreed, and within six months, Karen began performing procedures at the spa.
"I loved helping people improve their appearance," Karen recalls. "But after two years of extracting blackheads and performing Brazilian waxes, I needed more of a challenge."
So Karen applied (and was accepted) to medical school. "Money is tight," she admits. "But there are some wonderful government programs out there which I am taking advantage of."
She is set to graduate in June and will begin her residency in dermatology.
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