Today I actually took the time to walk into the education center at the local library here. Since this is a military post, there are many resources available to help Soldiers and family members pursue education in order to enhance and nurture their careers both while in the military and after they retire or separate from the service.
What I found was…
I am scared to death!
I feel so behind as far as getting myself ready to enter the work force, that I have no idea what to do. There are degree programs that I could pursue, but I am not in a place to invest a lot of time or money into my education right now (getting ready to put kids through college, even with a couple of them getting accepted to West Point, is a bit daunting).
As the name of this blog implies, I have no idea what I really envision myself doing. Well, that’s not entirely true. I see myself working with small groups of people in some sort of guidance, coaching, therapeutic, or otherwise supportive capacity. I love the idea of empowering people to help themselves. And yet, I find myself getting so stuck in my own life from time to time that I ask “Who am I, of all people, to work in such a field??”
Then I remind myself that the Famous Financial Advisor, Dave Ramsey often says “I love to spend money…that’s way God makes me teach this stuff about having discipline and saving money.”
That’s how I feel about inspiration, health, empowerment, and counseling. I struggle with being motivated and inspired in my own life, but I do tend to be good at helping others to do these things.
So, this is the direction I want to go, in some capacity.
But, after 18 years of “stay-at-home-motherhood,” this is scary. I don’t even have an updated resume or references at the moment.
So, I am going to take a class that will help me build my resume. And I am going to start looking for opportunities to work in the area that love.
Wish me luck, and please share any tips or tricks you have for getting back into the workplace after a prolonged absence.
Thanks in advance!