Choosing the Right Career Path

Someone from a Facebook group I am in was questioning her career path, so it inspired me to write about mine. My mama convinced me to take Business Education at technical school in high school so that I wouldn’t have to take PE anymore. She worried about me because I had childhood asthma, but the Lord healed me of it when I was either 10 or 12. Anyway, I enjoyed the classes. I wasn’t looking for a part-time job, but my psychology teacher recommended me to work as a file clerk in an insurance office as part of a work-study program. I had to take a physical to qualify. That is when the doctor discovered my thyroid cancer. I had surgery to remove 85% of my thyroid and went back to my new job shortly after. I worked part-time there until graduating high school. Then I worked for five years full-time. I learned a lot there. During those years I married, had a miscarriage, and divorced. I decided to go to college. I first wanted to be a music major but decided that I wanted to teach after singing for an auditorium full of children. I waffled between music, education, and social work during my first two years of school. I graduated community college with a double major in music and elementary education. I went on to finish my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education. When I finished college there were no teaching jobs available. I was fortunate enough to get an interview with the local superintendent. I mentioned to him that I would be happy in an office setting since I already had so much experience in that. I was hired pretty quickly as an administrative assistant to work part-time for the Adult Education program. I had remarried before finishing school and found out that I was expecting my son right after I started my new job. I was able to work part-time there until my son was 2 1/2 and then went full-time. I was blessed that my mama was able to babysit for his first few years. I worked my way up to Office Manager/MIS. I taught a few GED classes in the beginning but soon realized that my true calling was in office/secretarial/data management work. (Mama must have known it all along.) I still interact with teachers and answer questions about student testing and data. I interact with students in referring them to class and sometimes subbing in the on-site classes from time to time. I think my desire to be an elementary teacher came from the thought that I might not be able to have children. Once I had my son I had plenty of opportunities to teach children as a cub scout leader, music teacher at church, volunteer at school, etc. I am thankful that the Lord directed my paths and led me to a fulfilling career that has served me well as far as flexibility to attend field trips when my son was small and time off when needed. I feel that I have served my community in helping the under-educated adults complete their education. I get teary-eyed at our annual GED graduation watching our students walk across that stage. I am so thankful that the Lord’s plans for me were better than my own. If you are struggling with a career decision I pray that you will find what you are looking for.

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