Do you ever sit down and think about why you do what you do, for work I mean?
I always wonder why I work where I do. Every time I found myself unemployed, I would have to ask what will I do? What do I want to do? Even now after a pause I ask, “How the heck???” I am not working in the specified area that I planned for myself while still young and idealistic. When I ponder how I got where I am it seems strange and convoluted.
I originally entered college as a business major but quickly changed to an education major after one semester. My 80 year old retired business professor may have had something to do with the change. He could make standing in a fire sound boring. Most likely I changed because I wanted to be a teacher at the tender age of ten.
I taught just about every age group in two states. Learning along the way that one year contracts suck. A one year contract does not guarantee a position will be open for you the following year. After two years away from the classroom, I find myself supporting GED students and homeless teens, one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done. But, I never imagined I would do what I am doing, let alone find total enjoyment in my life. Perhaps that is why I never found my fit, my niche. This is my place, and all that I have done before shaped me to fit perfectly.
My current position found me. While doing a student intervention, I subbed as an educational assistant for 30 days to work with a young person who had been suspended from school. As a result, I got to know the programs taking place in my community center. Better yet, they got to know me. Two months later, someone called to ask if I still needed a job. Yep, I did. So I began working with my non-profit. While working with them, another program in the center asked if I was interested in working with GED students part time. Sure. Many of my students are supported by my non-profit. It is a wonderful mix of who I am. Business, education, compassion, and mentoring. I love working with these young people in a nontraditional manner.
How about you, what paths have you taken that prepared you for what you are doing today? Where do you think your life experiences will take you in the future?