Amongst all my ramblings on the dope about career goals. One thing keeps sticking in my mind.
Last summer I took an MBTI and SII personality test. I was in doubt about where my career was headed. I am a music educator. As the test reports I have a high interest in music, however my personality was not very strongly suited to Education and even lower was my suitability to become a performer of music as a career.
Now I must take these results and filter them through my life experience and expectations from my job, but for the most part I find it very accurate. I love performing, but not as a source of income. I’d rather do it at my leisure. I also find I enjoy teaching kids, but the work environment somewhat frustrates me, and I get a sense that most people don’t take what I do seriously.
The result of the test indicated my interests lie in investigative fields. I’ve filtered through what I might like to do for both my personal interest and for finances. The top picks were Medicine, Science, and so forth. As for careers which suit my personality, Engineering was near the top.
I agree with these results, I’ve always wanted to help people, and I’ve always really been a nerd who likes science. When I went into music I really loved it too, but I think it’s where I first found one of my passions, without realizing I have other passions too.
So now I wonder if another career isn’t more apt for me? I always want to keep my music on the go. It’s fun, and I have to emphasize again, I LOVE performing. But I know dentists who are unbelievable musicians. I see no need to go for more music schooling and educations seems to me a dead end. I don’t want to become a principal so why bother getting a masters in ed?
What does seem appealing to me is to go for a science career. If it works out I might have a whole new career I might enjoy. And if it doesnt? Well I will be amongst the most qualified teachers around with a slew of science classes behind me. I don’t think hireabiltiy would be a problem for me after taking a couple of years of science classes.
Now I think being a doctor is out, too much time involved and I don’t think I have strong enough drive. But I’ve been looking at pharmacy (high on my interests, average on enjoyability, good pay and respectable hours) or engineering (Somewhat high on my interests, perhaps above average work environment for my personality, good pay, decent hours) . Both those careers have a reasonable time frame for me to get a degree and get working.
The bonus is I would go back to school in a big city and take some music lessons on the side. A huge dream of mine.
So this is what I am mulling. I want to figure out my plans by the end of Sept so I can get moving forward for the following school year.