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38 Years Old and I Have Not a Clue What to Do With My Life

Hello Everyone,

 

I've been having a very difficult time as of late.  I'm 38 years old, I have a 4 year degree in Marketing which I never really did anything with.  I've always worked my whole life.  However, the only real job I had was as an event technology director at a resort.  The past 2 1/2 years I have been doing freelance AV work.

I need/want to change and reinvent.  I have no idea what nor how.   Is there a test that can help you determine what you might be good at?  What about a career coach?  I've been freaking out know that I am soon to be 39 and I haven't a clue what to do with my life.

 

If anyone has the time, I would greatly appreciate a response.  Thanks so much for reading.

 

Todd

goover goover 36-40, M 8 Responses Apr 9, 2009

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It doest matter what your good at at this point the important thing is : if you could be anything what would you want to be?

I too am 38 and I'm a stay at home dad, besides doing this, I don't know what I want to do either!
I have always worked from a bartender to demolition, I enrolled in trade school but with the baby and one income, I don't qualify for loans cause income is to high, I feel lost... I can't be the old bartender guy anymore just starting...

I am 38, I know what I want to do, sort of. But its not happening. Instead, I just keep working. I don't know if it's because that's all I know how to do. I spent my early to mid thirties in college. 5 years, and what did I leave there with? An A.A.S. Because I couldn't make my mind up in college. It was a community college, what was I thinking?

Sometimes I wonder, is this how rational people live? What am I missing?

Hi there,<br />
I am 38yrs girl, having very similar story. I studied hard, work hard my whole life but did not establish the life I want till now. life is not easy and not exactly fair, but I won't give up. Will keep on trying, hoping and beleiving. Wish you and every one with a similar story not to stop till you fulfil your dreams. Best of luck.

I saw some free tests on Careerbuilder that test to see what your strengths are. Other than that , I think volunteering like another poster said sounds good. I just say don't despair because ssometimess it takes a hile to find your path. Meditate and pray on it, talk with others who know your strengths and you will eventually find it.

Hey Todd,<br />
I myself recently have been feeling like a loser because my career in Massage Therapy was so short, just 4 1/2 years. I've had to abandon it because the economy just isn't catering to it.<br />
I had enrolled in Medical Assisting school but I had to drop out after 2 weeks because I found it just wasn't in me. I got depressed for a while and then rallied my energies and looked for change.<br />
I found a new direction after about 5 months. Now I will be going to Esthetician college in a few weeks and Im really excited. I dont know if this may help you out but I took a test called the Myers-Briggs test and it really helpd narrow things down for me. You can take this test for free online.<br />
Wishing you all the best,<br />
Laura/Gotmusicinme

This may be the only question I am actually qualified (by experience, that is) to answer. When I was feeling that way, I was told to just try to do different things/activities or volunteer or take a class - if nothing sounds interesting, just try anything. A local community college has a lot of fun, affordable classes - from 1 day to 8 weeks. And each new activity or job I tried taught me what I liked & didn't like.<br />
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Now, I don't believe there is ANYONE who doesn't have some things that are the perfect fit for them - please keep trying. And don't feel like your going backwards - maybe you've just come to the next adventure in life!! (Some people don't figure out they're unsatisfied until much later - so I hope you start finding your answers/your path ASAP! Good luck!

I'm in the same boat. I am 44 and was laid off from my job in the healthcare collections field. I am taking this opportunity to find out what I want to do when I grow up. :-) I am trying desperately not to go back to the same BORING field I've been in for over 20 years. I'm a very creative person and hope to find a job using those skills. You might try and Google "career tests" or something along those lines. I'm sure there are many sites that offer these types of tests. Good luck and I hope you find a job that makes you happy.