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Best career path

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[OP]
Newbie
May 18, 2015
34 posts
12 upvotes

Best career path

Once again, I’m looking for advice on different career paths. I’ve been reading threads going all the way to the last page of this forum seeking advice. I’m currently working for the federal government. I take calls for EI on a daily basis. This job is draining my soul. At the office I work at it’s all about nepotism. The chances of advancement are slim to none unless you wait 10 years until everyone before you gets an acting position. Long story short, I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years and I need to figure out what I wanna do.
Any tips as to how to deal with a job you hate? This is a call centre and I cannot sit another year here waiting until something comes up. I feel like I am wasting my life away waiting for the next best thing. Or I try to tell myself “at least I have a job”. Yes I understand I do, but I can’t work here for the next 30 years taking calls. There is no way. Feels like I am stuck in a rut with no way out.

I have the mentality of wanting to make money, and not caring about what I do but it’s getting to me. I need to find something I enjoy. I love cars, but only problem is do I wanna be working with cars, since it’s my hobby but then get tired of it eventually?

Any advice would be appreciated
10 replies
Newbie
Oct 6, 2017
40 posts
15 upvotes
Whats your background? What did you take in school? Where are you located?
[OP]
Newbie
May 18, 2015
34 posts
12 upvotes
I only have a college diploma in Social Services. Most useless piece of paper ever. I worked in a call centre while in school, then worked as an employment consultant for a non-for-profit right out of school and then moved on to my current position. Im in northern Ontario, and its pretty bad as we only have 2 government departments, which both are limited in terms of opportunities as everyone in the city wants to get in. The thing is, Im not sure if I want to stay with the government. Im the type of person who likes to work hard and be recognized for my hard work, but this place doesn't care.
Jr. Member
May 29, 2017
129 posts
67 upvotes
Network man.

See how they say have a diploma in a trade education leads to better jobs ? Well my electronics engineering technology diploma has me at 40k and tech support.

In the end it doesn't matter what you have but who you know. I would gladly taken your job over mine.

Unless you have a degree ( not written in stone) you will have to network big time. I would suggest learning programming.
Banned
Apr 25, 2018
6 posts
10 upvotes
OP, any way you can move to a different job within that department or in that building, even if you have to take less pay to start with? The grass isn't always greener on the other side and you could regret leaving your government position.
Jr. Member
Apr 30, 2017
127 posts
52 upvotes
Any not-for-profit organizations in your area that would allow you to do more meaningful work, perhaps interact with people face-to-face? There are also lots of opportunities to work with NGOs overseas with a social service background if you're feeling adventurous. Do you have a family to support? If not, definitely do not settle for a job that crushes your soul.
Jr. Member
Apr 13, 2010
132 posts
34 upvotes
OP, in all honesty I was curious, but you've posted the same topic six times in almost the last year.

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/seeking ... #p27389556
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/another ... #p27843367
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/should- ... #p28087210
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/career- ... #p28788414
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/next-ca ... e-2134830/

I think, for our sake, we need to understand is this - what advice are you looking for on this forum that is any different from the posts above?

I've worked in government four years before I left and went back to school. Its a mentality and a decision you can only make. We can humour you with another thread, but at the end of the day, its very apparent that this cycle can't continue for another 50 years if you're seriously inclined to leave.
Sr. Member
Feb 19, 2017
558 posts
289 upvotes
ATrac wrote: OP, in all honesty I was curious, but you've posted the same topic six times in almost the last year.

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/seeking ... #p27389556
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/another ... #p27843367
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/should- ... #p28087210
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/career- ... #p28788414
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/next-ca ... e-2134830/

I think, for our sake, we need to understand is this - what advice are you looking for on this forum that is any different from the posts above?

I've worked in government four years before I left and went back to school. Its a mentality and a decision you can only make. We can humour you with another thread, but at the end of the day, its very apparent that this cycle can't continue for another 50 years if you're seriously inclined to leave.
This is what happens when someone get a social services diploma and then expects something wonderful out of their career.

People in the old days were more grounded and didn't have their heads filled with ideas of college-dropouts starting companies and suddenly being worth billions. They realized that if they weren't academically inclined, they'd either have to risk something big or just suck it up and deal with their boring 9-5 job.

It's not rocket science. OP, you got a diploma that was essentially useless and you're paying for it now. Either make a big change (start a business, go into sales, get a real estate license, etc.) or go back to school if you want to change your situation. Posting multiple times on the same topic won't help you. You just seem like you're looking for some magical formula that doesn't involve you putting out the effort.
Deal Addict
Mar 17, 2016
1365 posts
1161 upvotes
If you're in federal government, start applying for positions in other departments. There are tons of other jobs. You've got to get out of the call center. I am assuming you're in PM position. Look for CR, AS, PG, etc positions. Just keep applying. You even get time off for interviews/tests, so why not?

Don't listen to people bashing your degree. You're already better off having a federal government job than most of the graduates/private sector workers with "fancier" degrees.
Sr. Member
User avatar
Dec 9, 2006
918 posts
97 upvotes
Toronto
1) find out what you are passionate about, learn about it and get good at it
2) find a mentor, job shadow in another department

Hate to break it to you but big changes won't happen overnight, you have to work for it. At least you have plenty of resources in your current workplace to help you.
Member
Oct 10, 2010
493 posts
347 upvotes
You can try many things.
  • Move within departments (networking) and if you dont like it then move to a private position that offers same job (less pay) then move within. them
  • Move out of your city. If you really have the thirst to earn then you gotta move your butt. Just like you said, if you move, now you cant say 'I didn't try that'
  • Get a certification/education that will make you move up your current ladder
  • Keep a network of folks who are in your company. Keeping strong relationships with Managers/bigger level means they can hire you even for a job (within this place or outside when they move out) you are not that suitable for; just based on your character and how well you are doing now
  • If you are under 30, I would say its not too late for another diploma/full career path change!
Good luck!

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