One door closes, another one opens. This theme seems to be how my life is right now, career wise. I have been working in the insurance industry for a few months, and this journey has come to an end. Me and insurance sales just did not get along.

Talking to people is not my problem, but selling is just not something I’m not good at. I thought that being good at talking to people would translate into selling, but that was not the case. And in all honesty, I simply did not like it. This career was not made for me.

I have had only two jobs since I graduated from college. Both of them had absolutely nothing to do with my degree. One of the jobs I could not do because of my disability, being on my feet for hours and hours frankly sucked. The other job, insurance, was simply not a good fit for me.

Learning The Hard Way

What the last few months has shown me is what I cannot do. Jobs where I have to be on my feet all day are not in the cards. This fact eliminated many different career choices. Technician jobs, manufacturing, warehouse work, construction, retail, restaurant, any job that requires a medical exam, and many other jobs or careers that require me to be on my feet for hours at a time. At least that narrows down my job search. I no longer look have to look for jobs in these areas.

So where does that leave me? In limbo I guess. Opportunities will often present themselves in strange ways and come up when they are not expected. That hasn’t happened to me yet. I am starting a new job that is not desirable at all, but the paycheck is what I need at the moment. Getting my foot in the door is how I am approaching this job and see what happens with it. Commission only jobs were extremely stressful, and even a low salary position gives me some security for now.

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Published by Michael Foglietta

I will be 51 years old in August of 2022, I will also graduate from The University of Arizona with my first Bachelor's degree in Political Science/International Relations. It was a long road to get to this point. In December of 2003 I had a blood clot burst in the back of my head which sidelined my career as a Test Engineer. I was not expected to survive, have meaningful employment, or go back to college. I accomplished all 3 despite my learning disability and other side effects. I spend many years in recovery. I decided to return to college and then enter the workforce once again. I am currently finishing my last few classes and then I will have my diploma in August of 2022. Extremely happy and proud of what I've accomplished. Now I just need to find a job here in Tucson. Hopefully a career opportunity. I started this website with the intention of blogging about my long journey to this point and showcase my writing ability with the hopes of breaking into freelance writing. I hope that my story can be an inspiration to others who have had similar life changing events and share thoughts in this forum, which I am new to and still learning.

3 thoughts on “Opportunity

  1. Yes, as a parent I think a job with a guaranteed pay check is best for now. Of course, there will always be better opportunities in the future. I know things will get better for you career wise.

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