This is going to be long – hang in there.
After writing a bit of word vomit over at Skates&Sneakers that relate to my non-fitness/parent life, I decided it was time to narrow my focus. I’m unhappy in my career life – so much, in fact, that I am currently unemployed and spending a bit of time trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. That’s difficult though, right? I went to college, got the bachelors in neuroscience (still unsure of how I wanted to use it, however), and spent 5 years looking for fulfilling science work. During my 5 year hunt for work in a science field I gave up and went back to school for a terminal, technical degree (I can’t recommend them enough, actually – more on that in another post). I thought I could be successful and thrive as a medical lab technician (MLT). They’re the hospital professionals responsible for testing your bodily samples whenever you get testing completed. To be honest, I was successful. I was acing the courses and the lab competencies (practicals) and I was engaged! Then, husband got a new job in Boston. Being that suburban Philadelphia isn’t a commutable distance to Boston – I left the program to start a new life in Boston. While I tried to pick the MLT training back up, the programs there were too far away and not up to the standard that I had just come from. With that, MLT went on hold. It wasn’t until we moved back to PA and my daughter was 6 months old before I got a real-life science job.
In 2015 I was hired as a lab manager/researcher for a start up lab in the city. The job was academic, managerial, “science-y”, and sadly a 1-1.5 hour commute each way. With a new baby quickly approaching toddlerhood I knew I couldn’t sustain that commute. Sadly, I parted ways just 10 months later. Conveniently, I was hired by a contract company to join an industry/pharmaceutical closer to home (only 45 minutes each way). The pay was better, the commute was better, but the flexibility was worse. Last minute overnight shifts, weekend work, and a corporate culture of being seen vs. time off was too much for me to handle for a number of reasons. I was recently tipped off to a position that would’ve put me back into academia and management but, unfortunately, I wasn’t hired for said position. Academic lab management positions are few and far between and its really a stroke of luck to land one sometimes. From there, I took a few coffee jobs but between old shoulder injuries and a need to work with more purpose for myself and my family I left those as well.
My problem has a few root causes, many of them fixable with time and effort, but many of them are out of my control.
Of course the mind map above isn’t exhaustive but its a way to get started. I will be working on blog posts over the next week that address each of the four main categories that I need to work through.
1. Too many interests
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