Financially permitting, I plan to be a stay-at-home-mom for several more years, so it's not like this decision is pressing by any means. I'd like to have the opportunity to raise my kids at home until the youngest child enters school full-time. Then I envision myself re-joining the work force. With all this contemplation, I realized I'll have the unique opportunity to reinvent myself and start down a completely new career path if I choose.
As a (future) 40-something woman... what do I want to be when I grow up (again)?
If I had to decide today, I don't think I'd go back into Marketing. Strange, I know, because it comes to me like second nature. There's little math involved (which is good because I stink at it) and the only science is the skill of bull-shitting. Ha! I like to write, so I could do something similar to my old job where I wrote many internal reports and publications. For some reason though, that sounds as exciting as watching paint dry.
In recent years, I've developed an interest in the environment and as my past employer's sustainability leader, I have some experience influencing the corporate world in this area. Andi often says I should be an environmental consultant and then I could work from home/set my own hours/projects base, but I don't know.... I'd definitely need to go back to school and obtain some sort of degree in sustainability.
Having recently experienced pregnancy and child birth, working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse sounds intriguing. There's the part about math and science which would be needed to get the degree to do the job, so that's likely a big fat NO. As amazing as helping parents through the life-changing experience of having a baby sounds, I also imagine it would be a pretty tough job to assist families who don't show great care for their babies or worse, the event of infant death or tragedy.
I also think Massage Therapy sounds interesting, but I know my husband would say I give the worst massages in the world. Also, touching icky people would be ... icky.
I'd love to become a Graphic Designer and have the ability to use my creative side with my Marketing background. I don't think I'd want to work for an advertising agency, but maybe a company where I'd design internal pieces like brochures, flyers, etc. On a personal side, it'd be nice to have design skills to use on party invites and household projects.
When I was little, I also wanted to be a Meteorologist. Again with the math and science thing ... so, probably not.
Sometimes, I think I want a mind-less job where I could just show up, do the work and come home without feeling like work was following me. Wouldn't it be nice to report to work at 8:00am and punch out at 5:00pm, leaving it all behind? Then again, I wouldn't have the flexibility of my past jobs where I could leave work early for appointments or come in later when needed. I guess there's benefits to jobs in both worlds.
It feels crazy to have this "pause" in my career to care for my kid(s). I love what I'm doing today, but I can't help but wonder what's in store for tomorrow.