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Steven asks…

if I get my bipolar depression under control, can I find a new career at 36?

I’m 36 and have had depression all my life, with some periods where I could function a bit better than at other times. I somehow managed to graduate from a good college and law school, dropping out and back in a few times. I practiced law (legal aid) for not even 2 years, but felt I couldn’t hack it. I quit before messing anything up too badly. After a period of unemployment, I took an easier job in state government, but after 2.5 years I couldn’t take it anymore and quit. I’ve been unemployed for about 8 months and need a job. I have a new diagnosis (bipolar 2), new medication that I am hopeful about, and healthier habits. But even if I get better, then what? I regret going into law and would like to change paths. I have a lot of interests, but none that really stand out from the rest. I’m worried about picking the wrong thing (again), and washing out (again). Any advice on how to find the clarity to pick a new career path, and the confidence to move forward without regret and fear?

New Niche Finder answers:

Been there myself. You can go down the conventional medication/drugs route, and have many many bad side-effect, or…you can try alternative medicine:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AoUnBTUVMXY9esxGvS8PDibty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20080709124902AAxqh9O&show=7#profile-info-CoxTzgHlaa

Hope this helps.

Ken asks…

how do i go about finding a new career at the age of 36?

I have been a licensed mechanic for 16 years and cannot work as one anymore due to an injury.

New Niche Finder answers:

You are better off getting a license to train others, you can also get a job selling tools or some work related to mechanics- My neighbors sells used tools on eBay-Great business when you know your trade

Linda asks…

I Don’t Want To Be A Chemist…Where Can I Find a New Career Path?

I have slaved in Chemistry classes, studying late nights (and early mornings) to complete those long, laborious courses. I cringed at facing another math exam and cried internally when a Physics professor would hand back to me an exam that I bombed. I would often recite Organic Chemistry mnemonics at house parties for my own amusement and have woken to warm fluid as I drooled over my arm as I slept through another study period reviewing Calculus III. Yet, I picked myself up each time to try again, eventually succeeding. I earned my BS in Chemistry. However, I don’t enjoy the sciences that much anymore.

I LOVE History and English (twice being wrongly accused of plagiarism in school, only to boost my compromised ego). I didn’t pursue the arts since I thought pursuing Chemistry would bring me the bigger pay days (wrong approach). I remember how intently students would listen to a Chem professor, as I drifted in and out of academic consciousness. I wished I held the same passion for the sciences as they had, but I do not. For me, it was the challenge never the passion. I was challenged by the sciences and I was passionate about…the complete opposite.

I have since began working for a water treatment consulting as an Engineer, but I dislike the idea of analyzing the physics, chemistry, and math surrounding boilers and cooling towers. Don’t get me wrong, I think the sciences are interesting, but it just doesn’t get passed that…interesting.

It hasn’t been long since I approached my very supportive parents and came out of that academic closet (“mom, dad I’m….a writer”) to announce my new identity. I feel like a new man, ready to take on the world. However, I’m stuck somewhere in the middle without direction. Not sure where to begin, not sure who to ask. I’m pretty sure there are others like me….

any advice?

New Niche Finder answers:

I honestly don’t think any random person online should be giving you these answers. You don’t know their knowledge and when it comes to considering a career choice, you deserve the best. My only advice to you is to go to guidance counselour at your school or college and discuss your interests. The guidance counselour is paid to know all of the career path in society, and she or he can help you pick the perfect one. If you don’t have access to a guidance counselour, go to google and type in “online career finder” or something like that.

You should have a great new career that you’ll know you’ll enjoy in no time!

Sandra asks…

Looking for tips on how to determine a new career path?

I am currently working in communications/fundraising. I know that I do not like fundraising. I don’t particalarily enjoy working with volunteer committees and I prefer to edit other peoples’ writing. Beyond that, I’m not sure what I want to do, but know it is beyond the time for me to find a new job. I’m looking for suggestions of how to determine a new career path and tips for finding a new job. I need to change paths as soon as I can because my current job is taking a serious toll on my mental health!
Thanks

New Niche Finder answers:

If you like the communications side, what about a newspaper or Television station .. If you like to edit what others write, what about teaching writing?

What is your educational background? Do you have a degree in a specific area?

Go with your gutt feeling.

GL

Donald asks…

What are some good resources for career counseling?

I need some help! I need to find a new career.

I am highly educated and a hard worker, but I have come to the realization that the career pathway I am on now will not lead me to the life goals I have. I am very lost at how to go about this.

I would like to find someone who could sit down with me, look at my education/resume, and help give me some ideas about what kind of careers are even out there. I don’t mind pursuing other classes/training that will help make me more marketable, but I don’t necessarily want another degree right now.

The thing is, I feel like I don’t know anything about what kind of jobs exist and what kinds of background you need to do these jobs, let alone how to break into a new industry. I can write a top-notch resume/cover letter and can fend for myself in an interview, I don’t need help on that side.

I need help on the side of matching my skills to what jobs exist and knowing which jobs would provide an adequate salary range.
Also, what might these services cost?

I have spent these last five years pursuing the idealism of my college days and am realizing that it just doesn’t pay the bills. I don’t have a lot of extra money for this kind of thing, but I am willing to pay what I do have for some good results.

New Niche Finder answers:

Depending on where you are there are a lot of not for profit organizations that help women in the workforce. “Women at Work” Their website is: http://www.womenatwork1.org/ See if your local college has a career center or information about one. They should cost little to no money. Good luck

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