Ask a Dilettante – Here Comes the Sun, Job Transition

What is that bright, shiny yellow orb up in the sky? And why is there a slinky gray thing following me around?

The bright, shiny yellow orb is called “the sun.” It’s always above us during the day, but we haven’t been able to see it for some time. Enjoy it while you can because sources say the sun will be gone again the rest of the week. The slinky gray thing that is following you around is probably your shadow, which relies upon the sun to be visible. Unless you’ve angered a demon or something. If so, I can’t help you there.

My job isn’t doing it for me anymore, so I’ve been thinking of making a career change. Trouble is, I can’t figure out what to do next. I’m really organized and good with numbers, but I’d like something that involves working with the public a little more. Any suggestions?

Well, you could take a page from Jeff Yu-Kuang Lin’s career book and make a BIG change. Lin was bored with his software job, so he used the money he made when his company was sold to open a brothel. He said he wasn’t big pimpin’ for the money but because he wanted to try “something different.”

Those of us who have suffered from the occasional bout of work fatigue can understand his decision to shake things up. However, most of us wouldn’t go into the ‘ho business – not even on the days when an ice water enema is a more attractive option than going into work. There are more reasonable alternatives.

The best thing to do when considering a job change is to think about what you like and what you are good at doing. Do you like dogs and want to be your own boss? Start a dog walking business. Do you enjoy kids and want to make a difference in the world? Enroll in fast track certification and start teaching in Houston’s public schools this fall. Have a green thumb and like making sausage? Open a, uh, charcuterie and plant boutique.

Life is too short to spend chained to a desk if you really long to run through the grass barefoot. Good luck figuring it out. Make sure you let the rest of us know so we can follow your trail.

[This column originally appeared in its entirety on Houstonist.]

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