Where can I search career options?

28f I really need to vent and I need help finding resources. I made some bad choices at my food service job of 2 years and ruined my dream of growing with the company. I was finally getting on my feet but now I’m suspended until further notice.

I had put in my 2 weeks a day before receiving this suspension and I had a new job lined up in the same industry/realm, I was happy at first and didn’t care about the fact that I’d be taking a $3/hr pay cut but now it’s really sinking in that I will be back to living paycheck to paycheck and unable to afford to live comfortably and save. I feel horrible and can’t believe I did this to myself.

My job was awful and intensely stressful, I could barely muster up the strength to go in most days. I made a stupid mistake and decided to just take the opportunity to get myself out. But now I wish with everything in me that I had just stuck with it. I was finally building my savings, I wanted to get a reliable car. I live with my boyfriend but he doesn’t make too much money either and I wouldn’t want him to have to support me anyways.

I want a better life for myself so I can stop giving up everything for these shitty jobs but I have no idea where to start. I want to find a niche career or something that I could maybe enjoy doing, I want to go back to school and get a degree. I did 7 years of college with no paper to show for it. I did all my GE’s and took comm and various theater classes. I wasted my time and money earning credits to put towards the vague goal of just doing something and assuming it would all just come together somehow, but I dropped out because the goal was unclear and I wasn’t motivated. I’ve been operating under the assumption that I’m not meant for school but I suspect that if I had a clear goal I would be far more successful next time around.

All my passions are creative. Singing, acting, design, art. I like making things look nice, I have a great ear for music. I don’t know what to do with these skills. I had the idea of something in marketing or advertisement. Something where my talents would be put to good use but would also be reliable and support me enough to build a life for myself.

I know myself pretty well and unfortunately, unless I’m passionate about what I’m doing, I will lose all interest and become miserable. I don’t enjoy being this way. I wish I could just put my head down and do what needs to be done. But I think it will be crucial for me to put a lot of thought into picking the exact right career path and make it count, no more fucking around and expecting things to just magically come together.

I’m almost 30 and I would like to finally feel like an accomplished individual and have some pride and start saving for all of life’s needs. Even just writing this out gives me some hope. I know I can do it, I just need to know where to go to find the right career for me. Online resources or professional services. I’m willing to invest in making the right choice once and for all with what little I have left.

Thank you for your time.

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