My Career Goals

I had originally titled this post “My Career Dreams” but then I re-named it “My Career Goals” – because I plan to turn my dreams into a reality. Yes, I have dreams, but I’d rather call them goals.

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Right out of high school, I went to Shepherd University in West Virginia. Lets just say that I partied more than I went to class. Looking back, I didn’t even know what I was doing. Or what I wanted to do. I was in college… now what? I had no goals or ambition to do anything. I had just graduated high school! I was finally on my own & I wanted to have fun!

I left Shepherd after my freshman year & I obtained 13 credits that are transferable. Yes, only 13. After leaving Shepherd, I took some time off & got into a handful of immature relationships where I thought I was “in love”. Again, no goals or thoughts about the future. My only goal was to have a boyfriend.

After a year or so of that nonsense, I started going to Harrisburg Area Community College because I felt the need to return to school. My mom worked there so tuition was free & I was taking Travel & Tourism classes. Again, looking back, WTF? Ugh. My 19 year old self was so clueless. After I left HACC, I left with 6 transferable credits.

After I left HACC, I knew I didn’t want to waste my time going to school when I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I took a great job after I just turned 21. I had a few promotions, even worked my way up to supervisor when I was 24 & therefore, I didn’t think school was necessary. I had my experience to back me up. I ended up hating being in management at such a young age, so I left right after I turned 25.

Starting back at the bottom of the career totem pole was a nightmare. I took a huge pay cut & I knew that school would be necessary to even think about having a successful career. But, again, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I knew I enjoyed Health classes, but there wasn’t much out there that I was truly interested in. I started taking general education classes at Community College of Allegheny County in hopes that along the way, I’d figure something out.

Surprisingly, I did really well. It was my first time ever getting A’s & B’s in college & I was ecstatic. Just like when I started seeing the scale go down, I was addicted to see great grades on my transcripts. I knew that regardless of what I ended up wanting to do career wise, that I was doing the right thing by returning to school.

I started CCAC in 2014 & between now & then, I finally figured out what I wanted. After I found my love for health + fitness in the summer of 2014, I immediately wanted to know how I could make it into a career. I on & off looked around for majors at Universities that would get me to where I wanted to be – an expert in the field I loved. In 2015, I found the Sports Management major – concentration in Wellness + Fitness at California University of Pennsylvania. And since it’s just a little too far to commute up there, I chose their online degree program.  This current spring semester is my last semester at CCAC & I’ll start Cal U’s program in June!

At the end of the 2 year program, I will be ready to sit for a personal training certification & I will be able to walk across the stage & accept a Bachelor of Science degree. I’m not sure yet what my end goal career is, research will still need to be done, but I’m hoping that I’ll find my “passion within a passion” as I take these classes. 

Even though it took me 10 years to figure out what I wanted to do – & eventually 12 years to graduate from college – I know that without all of those bumps in the road along the way, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. I know that everything I’ve been through has been for a reason. I can tie together all of the good (and bad) events in my life & tell you exactly why they needed to happen to get me to exactly where I am right this minute.

God is good & I am so blessed & I cannot wait to keep kicking ass to complete my career goals πŸ™‚

Do you have any current career goals? Did you know what you wanted to do right out of high school?

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2 thoughts on “My Career Goals

  1. Jessie @ The Acquired Sass says:

    Definitely DID NOT know what I wanted to do right out of high school – and still didn’t really know when I declared my major. But Supply Chain ended up being the perfect fit for me, and I’m so glad I chose it. Even though I picked it because I liked shipping containers. Yeah, like the big metal “trailers” stuff ships on on ships. That’s why I picked my major and therefore my career. WUT!?

    But it works, 18 year old Ciara probably would have picked a major she would have ended up hating. You’re right. You end up where you should. Who knows. Maybe you’d be working & living somewhere in WV right now if you’d stayed there. Then we would have NEVER MET!

  2. Steffany R. says:

    Girl, I’m almost 30 and have two degrees and still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. In the end I decided I want to be happy. I want a job that pays enough that I can do what I want. Currently, I have that. I’m alright with it because work doesn’t define me.

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