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    Torn apart between future careers

    I have a hard time deciding whether I want to do medical technician job , special needs career , medical billing and coding , and entertainment. I do like helping others which is why I chose special needs career as a backup. Medical billing and coding is only a stable job for me just to pay the bills . Iíd like to know whatís everyoneís opinions . Iím also thinking it over myself . Thanks

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    I've always heard the book What Color is My Parachute is very helpful in this regard. What do you like about helping others? Are you ok with the downsides of the helping professions (to me those include often not being able to telework, having to be "on" all the time, can be very heavy in paperwork especially when working with children with special needs, and often requires phone calls/interacting outside of regular business hours. Also often lower pay (unless for example you have a phd or MD and a lucrative therapy practice.

    As far as entertainment that is a very broad category. What specifically in entertainment?

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    In the entertainment industry, I was thinking of acting or behind the scenes jobs. I've been told that I have a hilarious sense of humor. I like helping others. What I do like about helping others is seeing them be happy and the fact that I have made a difference in their life. With paperwork, I work in the medical billing industry. I've dealt with having to type over a 100 pages. I've been recommended by a friend to do medical technician jobs. I'm currently confused about what to do with my life. I searched into special needs kids because of wanting to do something more fun and fulfilling in my life.

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    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    In the entertainment industry, I was thinking of acting or behind the scenes jobs. I've been told that I have a hilarious sense of humor. I like helping others. What I do like about helping others is seeing them be happy and the fact that I have made a difference in their life. With paperwork, I work in the medical billing industry. I've dealt with having to type over a 100 pages. I've been recommended by a friend to do medical technician jobs. I'm currently confused about what to do with my life. I searched into special needs kids because of wanting to do something more fun and fulfilling in my life.
    What experience do you have with acting or behind the scenes jobs? It's a positive to have a great sense of humor and as you know acting and behind the scenes jobs are very competitive. Have you considered volunteering behind the scenes in a community theater for example? Working with children with special needs can be fun at times. Most of it is very hard work.

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    I donít have much experience with acting other than a student film back in college. No I havenít considered volunteering behind the scenes in the theater community.. aww have you worked with special needs ?

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    1.) Medical technician job is recommended by a friend to me. 2.) medical billing and coding-the only kind of job to do just for stability, 3.) special needs- to help the students out more and to seek more fulfillment in life 4.) entertainment like acting- is to bring out my humorous side more.

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    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    I donít have much experience with acting other than a student film back in college. No I havenít considered volunteering behind the scenes in the theater community.. aww have you worked with special needs ?
    I think you should get the parachute book I mentioned. I think that what you wrote about why is a good start but a minimal start- since acting is a very competitive career/pursuit and since working with people with special needs is extremely demanding and low paying most likely I would get much more specific than "I love to help people" or "I have a good sense of humor". I was a regular ed teacher for a few years after college and some of the children I taught, and nannied for, and later volunteered with, children and people who have special needs. Several of my peers work with people with special needs (to me children are just like "people" -so you have to like working with people with special needs as well as 'children").

    I would do some backstage theater volunteering, take an improv class, and volunteer with children with special needs over the next year (and yes read that book). See if you like helping out students in reality, see if you feel rewarded in reality that you are bringing fulfillment to their lives through the help you give. See if you are very good at budgeting financially and if living on low pay long term will work for you/your lifestyle and the benefits of helping others and fulfillment will outweigh the low salary.

    I don't think acting will bring out your humorous side more in that sense - maybe after years of studying your profession, your craft, if you get roles that involve humor - then it may be a perk of going into that profession - your job will be to show people who might hire you that you can bring out that side on stage and in the right way for the particular role you are auditioning for (yes I did some acting, yes I know people in the profession).

    For example, one of my jobs is mother. I wanted to be one starting at 19. I do love kids, being around kids, and it was one of my life goals. I am glad I had years of experience with kids before I became a mom and many years working a non-children related job where the hours were intense, unpredictable and my wonderful mentor could get very cranky at times. It prepared me for the following downsides of the job of parenting: unpredictability, sleep deprivation, stress, a lot of mundane tasks -cleaning (including a lot of intimate contact with many different bodily fluids on a regular basis), prepping, cooking, planning, organizing, being an advocate for my child (which can be very stressful), increased risk of illness, very little me time/alone time/social time. I have no regrets. Being a mom is like winning the lottery. I love it, I am blessed, I am appreciative and grateful. And one of the reasons is that I planned for this for many years both through experience and financial planning. Including taking the blinders off and not just going with "I want to be a mom because I like to help people and add fulfillment to their lives". That's one of my points.

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    You can do some of these as an avocation such as theater, etc or volunteering for good causes, helping people. If you do not have a very specific degree/training/license for "helping people", then that's a long road expensive ahead to obtain. Check with your state's department of professional licences to see what you need for whatever profession.

    This all depends on what your passion is, what your training/education is, what your innate talents are, what is practical in terms of making a living/ demand for a profession, etc.

    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    I have a hard time deciding whether I want to do medical technician job , special needs career , medical billing and coding , and entertainment. I do like helping others which is why I chose special needs career as a backup. Medical billing and coding is only a stable job for me just to pay the bills . Iíd like to know whatís everyoneís opinions . Iím also thinking it over myself . Thanks

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    My passion is helping others and making a difference. My education level is bachelors level. My innate talents are being patient.

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    "Being patient" is a good trait to have in any realm of life but it is not a marketable skill, per se. You need to get your LinkedIn profile and resume together including your current and past positions, experience etc, where you went to college and what your degree is in, etc. What organizations you belong to professionally or other charitable ones, etc.

    Once you set up a LinkedIn profile with a well written summary of your education, experience and a professional looking head-shot photo, you can upload/sync contacts from your phone/email accounts and see who's on there that you already know and start making connections. You can also follow various companies and organizations, etc both personal and professional and review your settings to allow recruiters and companies to contact you with job offers.
    Originally Posted by Chocolate25
    My passion is helping others and making a difference. My education level is bachelors level. My innate talents are being patient.

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