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ASK AMY: Is it bad to be a bartender for life?

Dear Amy, The teaching market is dead for me and I am mulling over getting my Masters in Social Work but quite frankly I’ve been unhappy since getting my teaching degree and even though I enjoy school I am regretting going back and find I was happier and had more money doing “menial or blue collar” work. Is it bad to be a bartender for life? -Rocky Road in Rocky Point Dear Rocky, There isn’t anything wrong with your desire to be a bartender. What’s “wrong” may be that you’re afraid you have “settled” for a career that isn’t up …

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ASK AMY: I’m bored and tired, how can I speed up the job exploration process?

Dear Amy, I’m bored and miserable! I want to change careers (from finance to nursing possibly) but after working all day long, when I get home from work I am too tired to take the time to do job searching and personal exploration. Can I speed up the process? -Too tired in Teaneck   Dear Tired, Unfortunately… no. Like anything in life – career exploration is a process that requires your time and energy. If you try to speed it along, and choose a new career without really testing the waters, you’ll end up just where you started – bored …

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ASK AMY: How can I pursue my career passion if I don’t even know what my passion is?

Amy Bandolik is TheCareerProject.org’s career expert.   Dear Amy, How can I pursue my career passion if i don’t even know what my passion is? I sit rack my brain for answers but nothing comes. -Passionless in Poughkeepsie   Dear Passionless, The worst thing you can do (which I’m sure you’ve already figured out) is to rack your brain to try to find the answers. The answers are, unfortunately, not in there. The answers are in the doing. You must experience a certain career, hobby, subject area or task to truly know if you like it. There is no way …

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ASK AMY: But, what I really want to do is dance!

Dear Amy, I work for a major investment bank in NYC but what I really want to do is dance. I know it might sound silly, but in college I was on the dance team and I loved it (AND i was pretty good!). I also use a style of dance that is very unique to my Indian culture. I’d like to find out about becoming a backup dancer. Am I crazy? Sincerely, Coo coo in Connecticut   Dear Coo coo, You might be crazy… but that has nothing to do with your desire to be a dancer. Why would …

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