I have a strong desire to do something that makes a difference and reflects my beliefs in charity and helping others. When I was younger, I kind of wanted to join the Peace Corps, but never really felt like that was something I could do. I've always regretted not having more courage of my convictions when I was younger and had fewer responsibilities.
I wanted a career where I felt like I was putting more good karma out there than just lining corporate pockets. I felt like if I was spending the majority of my waking ours doing something, I wanted it to align with my values.
I was very good at my previous job, my employers
liked me, and I made good money. The industry was very unstable, lots of layoffs, then hiring, then layoffs, every time a client changed and this was when the economy was good. It was very stressful and I never felt like I really helped a person or made a difference in anyone's life. I worked with large employers helping them manage their benefit plans. So I guess down the line, some person was able to get medical treatment or disability or dental work in some small part because of me, but I just didn't get personal satisfaction from that.
So, I ended up as a nurse and now work oncology. I do feel like I make more of a difference in individual people's lives.