I’ll start off that this blog post doesn’t completely apply to my annual list of things to do, but in an indirect way it sort of does. Back in January, I really thought that once I finished this ridiculous admin program I would also attain a sense of direction. I expected to say to myself, “Yes! I am ready to be a school administrator!” But in fact, the opposite has happened.
I know I have great leadership qualities. I’m a good listener, problem solver, time manager, people manager, etc etc. But the thing is that being a principal just doesn’t call to me. But then again, NOTHING CALLS TO ME. Here I am, about to turn 33 years old, with two master’s degrees and now an admin credential almost under my belt, AND I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. AHHHHHH!!!!!
So this morning, while enjoying my coffee and KLG & Hoda, I spent some time taking career tests online. They pretty much all lump me in the same category: “THINKER.” Which, like, yeah, makes sense. I think a lot. However, let me clarify that nothing sounds more torturous than sitting in meetings or lectures all day. The one thing I DO know is that I need a job with movement and change.
One of the results came up with this list:
Sooooooo pretty much I should apply for EVERY job in the world. Helpful.
A transportation engineer? REALLY?! I would be a TERRIBLE transportation engineer! Not only am I completely not qualified, but I am completely not interested, and anyone who knows me knows that I never read instructions. NEVER. Or a budget analyst?! I hate looking at spreadsheets of data! I want someone else to do that work and give me the gist so I can make the big decisions. UGH!
Now a talent director. I could get behind that. Sitting behind a desk, having people audition and then I get to give (sometimes very honest) feedback? Maybe that’s why I like teaching. All the time kids try to turn in the crappiest of crap work, and I like to call them over to my desk and say, “What is this…?” and they get all uncomfortable and I cut them off, “This is not acceptable. Do it over, and do it better.”
Actually, I know what my dream job is. You know that show Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay? I want to star in a reality show called Classroom Nightmares. The show would target teachers who are ABSOLUTE disasters. I would come in, silently observe, and then get to yell, “YOU CALL THIS SHIT A LEARNING TARGET?!” and, “YOU’VE ONLY GOT THREE STUDENTS ACTIVELY ENGAGED! WTF?!” and, “LOOK AT YOUR DESK! THREE FEET OF PAPERWORK AND EMPTY DIET COKE CANS?! YOU’RE DISGUSTING!” Then after I broke them down and they cried a little bit, I would bring out my supportive “let’s make this work” side. I would intensely coach this disaster of a teacher, and a week later everyone would be cheering for their complete turnaround.
But I digress.
I’ve spent way too much money on my education and I still don’t know what to do with my life. If you’re reading this – do you feel satisfied with your career? Is it fulfilling? Do you also take career tests like l do?