I've had a variety of jobs in somewhat different careers. Because I had an interest in business, probably because of my father's good influence, I entered the business world first in an administrative capacity and later was promoted to a management position. I saw leaders in the company who cared about their employees and I liked the culture and values. After spending 30 years with one organization in the areas of admin, travel and training, I decided to enter the nonprofit world.
As my daughter correctly said "I followed my heart." Helping kids living in poverty brought great satisfaction and I very much enjoyed managing that organization. More than a dozen years later I began volunteering full-time. My inspiration came from within and a desire to work with those who I had not previously had an opportunity to get to know. That includes kindergarteners and immigrants. Since I've always enjoyed writing, I initiated a website and write newsletter articles for nonprofits. I'm currently writing a book whose idea was inspired by my daughter.
With every good wish!
Karen recommends the following next steps:
A strong desire to help people. I love seeing a kid who was once lost feel like he/she now has a plan and a hope for the future. Unlike teaching in the classroom with its changing standards and content, counseling feels a lot more concrete. You know what you’re there to do—help people navigate the myriad of choices for school and have a goal in mind.
For me it was the ability to make a difference in people's lives by using what I love (technology). I followed things that felt right and matched my core values. The rest has really worked itself out.