What am I doing writing a blog? I am not a writer (which may become clear in the very near future). This all started on a very long drive from Maine to Michigan to visit my parents. My husband had taken our kids to Arizona to visit his mom and so I decided to hop in the van to see my mom and dad. I had listened to every cd in the car and had a lot of windshield time to just sit and think.
It all started with ”Where will will my kids go to college?” and from there it went to “What will they be when they graduate?” I am a recent statistic in the long list of layoffs from big companies. I had a great run in a career that I loved, but the path to get to it was all over the place. I graduated with a BS in Marketing Education with minors in Marketing and English. I started out as a pre-school teacher and was soon a director at a daycare in Florida. I then decided to change paths and found employment in the car rental industry which then took me to my career in automobile insurance. I loved my job and was sad when my position was eliminated after eleven and a half years of dedicated service. The question I asked myself on that long car ride was “How did I get there?” to a career that I really gave no thought to, but ended up being something I really enjoyed doing. Will my children really know what is out there? What can I do to help them find their path? It is more than just chosing a college and a major.
Hence, the idea came to me have my children start interviewing family and friends about what they do for a living and how they got to where they are. It could be a book for kids about different careers. I excitedly called my friend, Susan, to discuss the idea and we quickly agreed that I would end up doing everything, so I should just start out doing it all. The blog idea vs. a book came from a weekend away with my college girlfriends. My friend Patty suggested a blog and so… here it is.
My plan for this blog is to interview as many friends, friends of friends and family as I can and compile them in a question and answer format for my kids and your kids to read. Maybe this will help them to discover all of those other careers out there that they (and you) may have never given a thought to. This is my journey to help my kids discover their path.
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