Options are a good thing (Part 2)

June 30, 2008

This is is the second part of my “Options are a good thing” series. You can find the first part here . I love having options in every aspect of my life. I like picking what credit card I’m going to use.. I like networking with successful people. I like being able to pick what church I go to. I like options.

I have recently found myself juggling with what I want to be doing with the rest of my life. I like the job I have now, I can definitely make a career out of it, but something inside of me wants to accomplish more. I don’t know if it’s because I’m 22 and I feel like I can conquer the world or maybe it’s just depressing to think I could have the same job for the next 40 years. I have this habit of exploring alternative career paths, but then second guessing myself and wondering if I can find something better than the job I already have. There is only one way to figure out I guess. I’m going to increase my potential career paths.

Option 1) I will be getting my real estate license sometime in the next six months. I don’t know if I’m ever actually going to make a career out of selling houses, but it wont hurt to have the possibility.

Option 2) Volunteer at a financial advisors office. I don’t come home exhausted from work, mainly because I work from home :) so I have considered exploring jobs in the financial sector. I don’t want to get a paid job because then my responsibilities and my commitment to the company both increase. However, if I spend just a couple hours a week (one shift) volunteering in a financial advisors’ office I can get a feel for the work he does and probably pick up some pretty valuable tidbits of the financial game. I plan to get this started in the next couple weeks.

Option 3) Continue to passively browse craigslist and monster for different job postings. I have found it is much nicer to be looking for jobs when I don’t actually NEED a job. There is no pressure when I send my resume in. If i don’t get invited for an interview it’s no sweat off my back. It allows me to apply for jobs that I really want and not just any 9-5 position. I have my resume on monster and occasionally get solicited to apply for jobs, sometimes I do, most of the time I don’t. I LOVE being able to casually look for jobs, it’s one of my favorite things to do.

Have you explored all your options? Are you aware of what the rental or housing market is like in your area? Go browse craigslist right now and see if you can find some better places for cheaper rent. Call the cable company and see if they can give you any discounts on service. Casually browse jobs that you would love to do and send in your resume. Having options never hurts. Don’t find yourself applying for jobs after you’ve been fired or you’ve quit, that’s when things get stressful. Formulate back up plans. Do something.

Be proactive in bettering your life,

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