Thinking – Taking That Next Big Leap

For the past three years I have worked on and off but have spent most of my time devoting myself to my two beautiful girls. Now I’ve decided to go back to work full time, and I’m finding myself in a very scary place. I’m not worried about leaving my children (I’d love to be able to spend every hour of every day with them, but I’m realistic enough to know that financially this isn’t a viable option), I’m worried about actually being able to find a job. I left university halfway through my second year having chosen a course that wasn’t right for me due to family pressure, and since then I have had various jobs doing this that and the other. My worry is that the experience that I have (or the lack of it) and the lack of a permanent position/back to back work will count against me in a job hunting environment. And, to add to my dilemma, I have absolutely no idea whatsoever of what I really want as a career.

So far I have worked as an office assistant, as a petrol station attendant, as a shop floor supervisor and as a call centre advisor for an insurance company – I have liked various parts of each position and have been more than competent for the most part, but, for example, I could never work in an insurance environment dealing with the new claims because of the sheer amount of abuse that you were on the receiving end of when you found yourself talking to an existing claims customer…

I’m realistic though – I know that even if I find my dream job and turn it into a career, there will always be aspects of a position that I don’t like. I’ve accepted that. The problem at the moment is the parts of a position that I don’t like, but getting said position in the first place. Maybe I should start with a volunteer job so that I’ve got something to fill part of the blanks on my CV…

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