close
SM-Stamp-Join-1
  • Selfish Mother is the most brilliant blogging platform. Join here for free & you can post a blog within minutes. We don't edit or approve your words before they go live - it's up to you. And, with our cool new 'squares' design - you can share your blog to Instagram, too. What are you waiting for? Come join in! We can't wait to read what YOU have to say...

  • Your basic information

  • Your account information

View as: GRID LIST

Career quandary…

1
Have you ever stopped at a work crossroads and had absolutely no idea which career turning to take next?? I’m 47 years old and  I’ve worked in the media industry for over half my life, in some shape or form. I was a personnel assistant for a TV production company, Planet 24 to be precise – they produced The Big Breakfast and The Word on channel 4. Millennials reading this won’t have a clue about these shows but I was obsessed with them and couldn’t believe my luck when I was offered a job there for 2 brilliant years. I also worked as a PA
SelfishMother.com
2
Secretary for a childrens magazines publisher (I wasn’t great at it but I loved it none the less) and it led me into my next job as a magazine Picture Researcher/Editor  – I’d found my calling and I’ve happily nestled on picture desks for 21 years.

I have loads of amazing magazine memories; had lots of giggles at cheesy boy band photo shoots, slammed tequila shots at some fantastic celebrity parties and have met many wonderful, colourful characters over the years but I was recently made redundant and with magazines in decline (a magazine friend

SelfishMother.com
3
complained recently ‘I feel like I’m clinging onto a sinking ship!!’), I feel I’m in the middle of a career conundrum.

What can I do next?? Someone suggested working with children but I don’t have the patience and gag at snotty noses! Another suggested training to be a photographer and although I love snapping photos, I think you have to have a certain kind of personality and flair that I’m lacking in as a social phobe! I dabbled with the idea of writing childrens books and my lovely friend designed my first picture story but in a

SelfishMother.com
4
saturated market, there wasn’t any interest. I even thought about working somehow in film production (I wanted to be a camera woman as a 20 year old but i never pursued it – I’ve always been in love with films and the behind the scenes mechanics) – but with no experience, what could I do? Possibly type scripts? Press office work experience? A runner on location shoots ? A 47 year old runner?? Nahhh, I’d slack off, slurp tea and stalk the actors for autographs!

I’ve booked a few training courses using my redundancy retraining fee but I’m

SelfishMother.com
5
seriously in a quandary. Do you know of any successful career changes that worked for the more ‘mature’ human? Maybe you yourself swapped dentistry for floristry or morphed from a manic chef into a football ref? Would love to hear from you…I desperately need some inspiration….
SelfishMother.com

By

This blog was originally posted on SelfishMother.com - why not sign up & share what's on your mind, too?

Why not write for Selfish Mother, too? You can sign up for free and post immediately.


We regularly share posts on @SelfishMother Instagram and Facebook :)

- 27 Jan 19

Have you ever stopped at a work crossroads and had absolutely no idea which career turning to take next?? I’m 47 years old and  I’ve worked in the media industry for over half my life, in some shape or form. I was a personnel assistant for a TV production company, Planet 24 to be precise – they produced The Big Breakfast and The Word on channel 4. Millennials reading this won’t have a clue about these shows but I was obsessed with them and couldn’t believe my luck when I was offered a job there for 2 brilliant years. I also worked as a PA Secretary for a childrens magazines publisher (I wasn’t great at it but I loved it none the less) and it led me into my next job as a magazine Picture Researcher/Editor  – I’d found my calling and I’ve happily nestled on picture desks for 21 years.

I have loads of amazing magazine memories; had lots of giggles at cheesy boy band photo shoots, slammed tequila shots at some fantastic celebrity parties and have met many wonderful, colourful characters over the years but I was recently made redundant and with magazines in decline (a magazine friend complained recently ‘I feel like I’m clinging onto a sinking ship!!’), I feel I’m in the middle of a career conundrum.

What can I do next?? Someone suggested working with children but I don’t have the patience and gag at snotty noses! Another suggested training to be a photographer and although I love snapping photos, I think you have to have a certain kind of personality and flair that I’m lacking in as a social phobe! I dabbled with the idea of writing childrens books and my lovely friend designed my first picture story but in a saturated market, there wasn’t any interest. I even thought about working somehow in film production (I wanted to be a camera woman as a 20 year old but i never pursued it – I’ve always been in love with films and the behind the scenes mechanics) – but with no experience, what could I do? Possibly type scripts? Press office work experience? A runner on location shoots ? A 47 year old runner?? Nahhh, I’d slack off, slurp tea and stalk the actors for autographs!

I’ve booked a few training courses using my redundancy retraining fee but I’m seriously in a quandary. Do you know of any successful career changes that worked for the more ‘mature’ human? Maybe you yourself swapped dentistry for floristry or morphed from a manic chef into a football ref? Would love to hear from you…I desperately need some inspiration….

Did you enjoy this post? If so please support the writer: like, share and comment!


Why not join the SM CLUB, too? You can share posts & events immediately. It's free!

Married, mum of 2 boys. Love taking photos and writing about whatever is happening in my life at that moment. Posts under @veecee_mumlife

Post Tags


Keep up to date with Selfish Mother — Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media