I'm in my late 20s, and all of my previous roles have been grunt work (office work and light physical labour). I have a general degree (Philosophy and Lit) that will not be directly applicable to any particular job, which I pursued because I had no idea what I wanted to do, or confidence that I could do anything in particular well. Due to personal crap, I've been depressed and anxious for most of my life, this being why I've been so aimless so far.
Happily I feel like that period is coming to an end, so I am looking for a specific career/goal. I don't want to waste any further time on general/aimless jobs. I don't mind further education, as long as an actual job is waiting at the end of it. The same goes for trainee roles or even internship.
perfectionist and naturally obsessive in areas I value
naturally obsessive when being depended upon
Calm and confident, apart from social anxiety issues (if that makes sense) which are likely to disappear as time goes by
easy to get along with, I know how to win people over
good at working in a team (people I know), good team communicator
Can work in high pressure environments as long as they aren't too public (too many people + strenuous work = anxious)
Can lead or work alone. Can work in teams or as underling as long as environment is professional.
Am somewhere on the border between F and T. Leaning toward T. Am very N, but very much value the act of physical creation
Willful/stubborn (this is also a weakness :P)
Greatly appreciate any work that provides plenty of space for skill advancement. Would thrive in a role that would provide prestige/opportunities for mastery.
weaknesses/things to avoid
can "do" customer service and communicate with strangers but capacity to do so is limited. Too much face-to-face with strangers or social (rather than professional) activity will leave me exhausted and unhappy.
Am poor at very detail orientated work. (mental) For example, at University I found writing the bibliography at the end of my essays harder than writing the essays themselves, due to their needing to follow a very specific format/layout. Do not like an overly structured work environment.
Listless when cannot understand importance of work I'm doing and/or feeling underused
Average physical ability
Anxiety issues that remain make first steps into new careers, if they are particularly high-stakes, difficult
Avoid careers that require long investments of time into education
Any suggestions would be valued, even if they don't fit some of the criteria. I realize I've put down too much to consider.
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I've considered being a chef as a good role that fulfills much of what I'm looking for. There is much room for advancement, the role is meaningful, one works in small and tightly knit teams for the most part, and obsession is actively encouraged. The role is detail orientated, but this detail isn't mental, and is more practical, which I find easier to value. I do very much enjoy cooking, and am good at it. However, my current experience level is pretty limited. For dumb reasons. At first I wasn't allowed to cook (when I was growing up), then I couldn't afford the ingredients for anything interesting (early 20s) then I was discouraged from cooking because I had to share a kitchen (social anxiety) and finally I rarely get to cook now because my dad's GF hates my showing up her cooking whenever I cook.
When I do get to cook, however, I think I have natural talent. Is being a chef a valid, practical career choice? It seems so good surely everyone is going for it? And it seems too obvious. Like how every male teen wants to be a video-game designer.