I received some great news this morning: I was offered a position at a company that will actually use my education and my psychology degree, and they may reimburse me for pursuing my counseling license. I’d love to work my way up in the children’s counseling program, which I’ve read a lot about. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this organization, and I’m thrilled to be joining them. I got along well with everyone there during my interviews, and one woman I spoke with even stopped me in the hallway later and told me she hoped I would decide to join them. (This was before they had even offered me the job!)
I’m excited for a lot of reasons. I’ve been wasting my education for so long, since working with kids doesn’t exactly rake in the big bucks, due to the twisted, counterproductive, and upside-down priorities of a society that heaps millions of dollars onto ball players, shallow actors, and hotel heiresses, but flips a few reluctant measly coins to a social worker or counselor who can actually make a difference…okay, don’t get me started on that. Really. But dreams of changing the world and saving it from its self-destructive tendencies don’t pay the bills (and certainly not student loans the amounts of which could purchase a small country), so I’ve had to accept positions so far outside of my field that I was starting to think I’d never meander my way back.
I’m not a punch-the-clock-and-dutifully-go-home type of person, content to have filled 8 hours of my day with fluff. Nothing sucks the will to live right out of my very being like a dead-end, monotonous, pointless, and thankless job. I would know, since I’ve unfortunately had several! I need to feel like the fact that I got up and went to work meant something, changed something, no matter how small. It needs to mean something to me.
I had gotten very discouraged of ever working in my field again, so I am energized and ready to take on this challenge. I need to shift gears and think about where I want to go with this, and what I need to do to get there; but ultimately I’m extremely excited simply to be on my way again.