No matter what age you may be, the desire to reinvent yourself when it comes to work may be playing around in your mind. Especially if you’re not feeling fulfilled where you are. And want a work life that feels more rewarding.
With a little careful thinking and research, though, you might be surprised to find that there are jobs out there that suit pretty much anyone, no matter what your specific needs, desires and passions are. While nothing is “perfect” – that’s an impossible goal – with some hard work, training and motivation you can find a career that fulfills you and helps others while still allowing you to take care of your family.
Here’s seven options that I know can feel rewarding whether you’re just beginning or reinventing yourself.
One – Social Work Can Be a Rewarding Choice
More and more people, especially women, are getting into the field of social work, and honestly, there has never been a better time. There is always a need for social workers in every community; recruitment never stops because social workers are always in high demand, which is a bittersweet truth.
The good thing about social work is that there’s plenty of opportunity for choice as it pertains to the field you go into, or where you choose to work. There’s a great need in pretty much every avenue, so whether you choose to work in a school, at a local child and family services center, as a counselor or therapist, or even higher up in the government, writing policies and helping get laws passed, your expertise and hard work are desperately needed.
You’ll need a degree to go into social work, but the good news is that many schools offer online social work degree programs as well as in-house degree programs, so no matter how you’d like to complete your degree, there will be an option for you. Social work degrees don’t take as many years as other public-health degrees do, and you’re guaranteed to find a job once you’ve graduated.
Most social work jobs pay decent, and offer a great deal of benefits. But the most rewarding part of the job is that you’ll be helping people in your community – more specifically, you’ll be helping children. Giving back to your community and helping young people is a reward in and of itself.
Two – There is Always Demand for Teachers
We’ve all the stories from every community about how teachers are needed, how there’s not enough good teachers around. And it’s quite true that one of the reasons for the teacher “shortage” that seems to be a problem in various communities is because of the lack of decent pay and support.
That being said, many school districts and local governments have made huge strides in trying to fix this problem, pumping money into local school districts and working hard to hire great teachers and staff for their local schools. The problem isn’t completely solved, but efforts are being made. And with more and more excellent teachers coming on board, the state of education in your state and beyond are only guaranteed to improve.
Whether you’re interested in teaching elementary school, middle school, high school, college, or some other form of teaching like becoming a substitute teacher, a special needs teacher/specialist or other form of administrator, you’re absolutely needed. It’s a rewarding job that will make you feel good about the impact you’re having on young people in your community. You can make a difference!
Three – Many People Seeking a Rewarding Work Life Pivot to Healthcare
The Healthcare field is seeing a huge resurgence in employees and for good reason. Healthcare is one of those fields that is always growing and opening up new avenues for careers as technology grows. And of course – there will always be a need for healthcare providers as long as there are people on earth. People get sick and they need to be cared for.
What field of study you go in is entirely up to you, and you’ll be spoiled for choice. Whether you’re interested in becoming a nurse, a doctor, some other type of practitioner (examples: everything from a chiropractor to a dental hygienist) or just want to work in a hospital or doctor’s office (insurance and clerical jobs are always in high demand), there’s guaranteed to be a perfect career choice for you no matter what.
Healthcare jobs often pay quite well, offer flexible schedules, excellent, top notch benefits and you’ll have the admiration of your community. Helping people; how can you go wrong? While healthcare jobs can be stressful and sometimes exhausting, they are also incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. There’s no better way to give back to your community.
Four – More People Went to Libraries than the Movies Last Year
If you’re vaguely interested in the field of education but aren’t interested in becoming a teacher, have you considered becoming a librarian? Especially when you consider how popular libraries are becoming, it’s a rewarding choice.
Libraries are seeing a resurgence of popularity lately; more and more people are turning to their nostalgic childhoods and visiting libraries not just for books, but for their forms of media, for group activities, children’s activities, lectures and events, educational tools, and more. Libraries are busier than ever and they offer a number of surprisingly fun and engaging jobs. Not all of them need a degree, but many do. You can research your particular area and find out what qualifications you’ll need to apply for library jobs.
Working among books all day and helping locals with their educational needs? How can you go wrong?
Five – Teaching a Class Part Time Can Feel Rewarding
If you’re just looking for part-time work to help supplement an income or to pass a little free time, why not look into teaching a class? More and more people are choosing to become independent contractors/teachers on their own and running small one-or-two-person businesses where they teach in their spare time. Whether you’re interested in teaching people how to paint, how to fix cars, how to research their genealogy, how to bake, or want to teach an introductory yoga class, you’re guaranteed to find pupils aplenty!
Striking out on your own to offer enriching and fun activities to people locally is a great way to make extra money, but also to make friends and keep people happy and healthy. It’s a small way to give back that’s guaranteed to be every bit as fun as it is business savvy.
Six – Starting Your Own Business is Always an Option
Striking out on your own sounds good to you, but you don’t feel like teaching. That’s okay – there are a number of other ways you can start your own business even if you’re not a huge fan of teaching or interacting with people all day every day.
Whether you’ve always wanted to own a food truck, you’re incredibly good at designing earrings or knitting onesies for babies, or you’ve always dreamed of selling cosmetics online, you can start your own business easily. With apps and sites specifically designed for small business owners and the internet at your fingertips, with just some motivation and a few marketing skills (and of course a great product) you’ll be well on your way to a successful one-person business in no time.
If you want to give back to the community you can always donate a percentage of your sales or offer special discounts and incentives to locals. Sponsor the local high school or donate some funds to the latest fundraiser. It’ll help promote your business while allowing you to give back.
Seven – Follow Your Passion by Volunteering is Always Rewarding
Working at a non-profit as a volunteer or intern is a great way to spend some rewarding time giving back to the people you care about, if you’re in a financial position to do so. One place most in need of your time and efforts is likely your local animal shelter.
Animal shelters are often strapped budget-wise and can’t afford to hire the qualified and caring employees they often need. They operate with very small amounts of money that rarely stretch as far as they need them to, which is why they need volunteers who are wiling and able to spend their time promoting the shelter, helping the animals, assisting in adoptions, and more. There’s no job that will be more rewarding or helpful to the community at large.
You can also donate your time to local food banks, school PTOs, and other community driven organizations. You’ll find that donating your time is one of the most rewarding things you can do. The satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped people (or animals) is its own reward, worth more than any paycheck.
These are just a few careers, jobs and opportunities that are perfect for the person who isn’t quite sure what they want to do, but know they want a successful, rewarding, and engaging work life.