Posted by: Kerry | 2013-01-23

Career choices

Do you have any advice for me?
Aside from waitering and a few weeks admin work I have no work experience.
I have for the most part been at home taking care of housework and our baby (9 months old now) since finishing school a couple of years ago. My fiancee has been providing for us, but it has been a tight/uncomfortable at times, especially as of late. Money is not that important to me but I don''t want it to be a constant worry and I feel bad for not contributing and essentially just being a burden.
Sitting home all day is driving me mad, I need/want to do something. I want to earn my keep. I am also extremely shy and I feel that these past few years of isolation from the world hasn''t done me any good.
My fiancee has offered to pay for my studies if I can find something to do, but have been looking through UNISA and several college''s sites and I have no idea what to study and I''m afraid of making a bad choice. The things that interests me all seem like things that will have little to no oppertunities for actually finding work later on.

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In the situation you describe, you obviously ARE contributing, and are NOT being a burden, but I understand that you might feel that way. And yes, a virtually isolated existence doesn't help one to become less shy.
Our readers may have useful advice, as many, I know, have dealt successfully with similar situations. Maybe first look not speicifically at what to study, but at what you'd like to be qualified to do, what sort of work-life you'd find fulfilling, though you're right that one needs to take into account employability and realisrtic job-opportunities. Studying 15th century Spanish poetry might be fun, but not too likely to lead to many job-offers.
As Maria and Purple say, there are psychologists and others who can perform tests that reveal both your range of interests and talents / competencies, and can based better career counselling on such results.

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Posted by: Purple | 2013-01-23

I agree, a career counsellor can perhaps help you refine your search a bit and help you find practical fields in your areas of interest.

Taking care of a baby is important work - so you are contributing to your family life - don''t knock yourself.

You''d only start studying next year as applications close during December/Jan, so you''ve got some time to think about things.

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Posted by: Maria | 2013-01-23

If you can afford it then I suggest you see a career counseller who will test your aptitude and interests and help you make a decision on what to study.

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