After a 20 year career working in 4 different ratings, I am having a hard time deciding on a career field. After some real introspection, I know that I do not want to be stuck behind a desk. I am looking for guidance to see what industries I may be overlooking that fit my skill set.
Daniel - Start by taking a personality assessment like the Myer-Briggs. I also recommend reading the book "What Should I Do With My Life?" by Po Bronson.
Echoing Aubrey's thoughts ... what is your passion(s)? THAT will make you a good employee or business owner ... following a passion. My favorite quote: IF WE LOVE WHAT WE DO, WE NEVER WORK A DAY IN OUR LIFE.
My former mentor, Roxanne, had an excellent exercise she had me do over the years - several times. I was to write down my ideal job, describing EXACTLY what it looked like, felt like, where it was located, what the environment was like, what the hours were, what my duties were, did my office have a window, etc etc, down to the very last detail. NO ONE READS IT - just you, daily if possible.
This is a very powerful exercise which can help us to VISUALIZE and eventually take steps to create what we want if life, even when we don't know yet exactly what it is.
Daniel, as Aubrey asked, did you "enjoy" any of the four ratings you worked in? Which of the four was most satisfying? Sometimes I think people forget about being comfortable and/or fulfilled in what they are going to do long term and concentrate more on finances. While finances are important of course, making an effort to find something within your current comfort zone is important as well. Not knowing your in service ratings and/or whether or not you appreciated any of them makes it a little difficult in providing suggestions for you. However, I am sure anyone here would be more than willing to help narrow your search with a small amount of additional information.
What do you enjoy doing the most
What fulfills you
What do you have a burning desire to accomplish
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