I am a retired investment
banker (42years old), mother of a 9 and an 11 year old,
MBA in finance, and BA in religion. I am having a very hard
finding flexible, meaningful employment in the Larchmont
area - any ideas?
Many people come
into career counseling asking as you are, "What kind
of jobs are available?" or "What can I do?"
But the question that I always feel needs to be answered
first is, "What would you like to do?"
Once I help clients
define what they want to do (and in your case, what would
be "meaningful") the job search becomes much easier.
Their resumes can
be tailored to support their career goal. They can begin
to develop convincing arguements about how and why an employer
should let them work a flexible schedule.
A person like you,
who has degrees in such diverse fields as religion and finance,
has complex interests. One obvious choice to combine your
fields might be to handle the finances of a religious institution.
But the answer to the "What would you like to do?"
might be far from this obvious.
At this stage of
your life, I would suggest that you have a few sessions
with a career counselor to figure this out. Last week I
told Mary how to find a reputable career counselor. This
week I am suggesting that you make sure your counselor gives
you a test called the Strong Interest Inventory. It compares
your interests to those of people in over 120 different
fields. The Strong can give you and your counselor the feedback
you need to pick a flexible, meaningful career.