NEW YEAR, NEW CAREER?
To say life has been a rollercoaster lately would be a total understatement. These last couple months have been very challenging, and I needed to take a break from writing for a bit, even though I claim it is a kind of therapy for me. But, as we all know, life happens, and we do have to prioritize certain things.
I usually start to slow down during the winter months for a bit, not being able to be as active as during spring or summer. Piled on top of this was my career situation. I did start an internship in August, which I unfortunately had to terminate in November. I had such a great time at Tricoast Worldwide, and it really wasn’t easy to leave. I learned so much and had wonderful coworkers who made work feel like fun. I loved the family environment so much more than working for big corporations like I did before.
But, as another saying tells, if one door closes, another one opens, which I did not see at first. As not many of you might know, I do work as an independent contractor for an app that provides dog walking, boarding, and sitting. I started doing this job on the side when I was still at Tricoast, but it became my full-time position once I quit. I am a huge dog lover and have to confess that I was actually a little excited, yet also scared, to take on this career shift.
I personally rather am with animals than sitting at a desk all day, staring at a computer screen. I also wasn’t ready to start writing applications for PR jobs again, after it took so much effort to eventually land an unpaid position- yeah, no thanks. I told myself to take it easy over the holidays, and once New Year’s hit, I would feel refreshed and ready to give applying another go.
But you know what? It didn’t happen like that. Yes, I did take it easy over the holidays and got some much needed rest. But I wasn’t feeling refreshed and ready to write applications. All I wanted was to work with dogs. I know that probably sounds ridiculous to many people, especially in expensive California.
But I am happy. I am truly happy to have a job that doesn’t feel like a job to me. It never feels like work for me, and every day is different. This, I believe, is what your dream job has to feel like. And, since I have put a couple of these in this post already, here is another smart saying by Mark Twain that sums it up perfectly: “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I do am aware that I will not be able to perform this job forever. At the end of each day, I can always feel every muscle in my legs from being on my feet all day. Also, there are no benefits, and I have to work rain or shine in order to make ends meet. But I see this position as my ground base.
I would love to be able to combine my degree in communications with working with animals at some point. But I am not stressing out about it at the moment. I rather enjoy what I do, be able to save up some fundamentals, and then start taking the next step of the career ladder. And also find the time to write more again.
Anne-Kathrin Schulte, is a contributor for CaliforniaGermans.com. She writes on her personal experience of the American Dream as well as on working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher. After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She has been living in Southern California since 2011.
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