The Career Doctor™
Dear Career Doctor:
I have been in marketing
for 4 years now, having gained a BA (Hons) in Hotel and Business
Management. However, I am finding myself unhappy at work and
bored through lack of challenge (although I have changed jobs
in search of this challenge).
I enjoy organising and
have a love for travelling. I am 26, and although this may
seem young to some, I am worried about re-training. I was
thinking of studying law but will not qualify until I am 33.
I am then worried about finding a job.
Please can you help me?
I don't think
your problem is graduating from law school and finding a job
at 33. I think the issue is whether or not you would like
being a lawyer. Having trained for one career that is not
satisfying, it is important that you take steps to insure
that you will like your new one.
Talk to as many
lawyers as you can, asking them about the pros and cons of
their work. Take a law or pre-law class to get a feel for
the classwork. Here's an even greater test of interest: read
a basic law text. If it seems interesting, that is vocationally
significant, since it would put most of us to sleep.
As for getting
more job satisfaction now, consider using your expertise in
marketing and management outside the hotel field. Also think
of using your knowledge of the hotel industry and love of
travel in a business that services that field. For example,
would you enjoy selling some product to the hotel industry?
There are many
opportunities and paths you could take. I worry more about
what you will enjoy rather than how old you will be when you
arrive at your destination.
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