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October 26, 2009

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Deb

Love the post...now the question...do I have the courage to answer the question of whether I have career amnesia? And if the answer is yes, do I have the guts to do something about it.

Darrel

This is a real world topic evident by how many people are dissatisfied with their job and just waiting for the economy to turn around. Knowing who you are and what your talents are is really something that is cultivated at home during childhood. You can almost always tie it back to the home, which is where we should focus a little more with the current generation for everyone's benefit.

MacBernac

At my high school graduation party (I won't say how long ago that was), I was told by most of the (older) guests, "go into teaching, and have something (like secretarial) to 'fall back on.'" I had taken the requisite office classes in high school because that's what I was supposed to do. Unfortunately, I took the advice at my party seriously and tried education classes in college. Discovered in college that no, I didn't want to become a teacher. Took (and enjoyed!) theater arts in college with the hope of being a sound/lighting tech. Family discouraged it because it involved "drama" (acting classes were required for the major), and they thought I wanted to be some kind of an actress, that I had my head in the clouds. Fell back on a live as an office worker, living a life of quiet desperation, but earning a living. Now, at 58, I'm an unemployed administrative assistant, with a lot of skills and experience and no place to use it. It's too late for me, but what I learned, I'll pass on: if people--especially family or those in authority--tell you that following your "dreams" won't earn you a living, DON'T LISTEN! Run the other way. Believe in yourself, even if no one else does, and never let others discourage you from following your passion.

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