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Topic: Career path for someone with social anxiety

4 posts, 0 answered
  1. QS1234
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    29 March 2021
    I've started my studies this year in accounting and have started to second guess if it's right for me as having social anxiety will hold me be back in this field. Should I think of changing my career pathway?
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    30 March 2021 in reply to QS1234
    Hi, welcome

    I see that dilemma clearly. I only ever found workplace happiness once I started working alone in a small business not involving other people. I had around 90 jobs over 15 professions e.g. barman, bouncer, railway, Telstra etc. My mania was out of control.

    However, there isn't many professions that don't have people contact. If you can change to a more appropriate field then do so IMO.

  3. MissBenthos
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    30 March 2021

    Hi QS1234,

    Most jobs require communication and have social aspects to them, some more than others.

    Have you spoken with a professional about your social anxiety and career path?

    Although anxiety can impact our lives so heavily I don't believe it should be the driver of our decisions in life.


  4. socialmoth
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    31 March 2021

    Hi QS1234,

    I certainly agree with MissBenthos, particularly if accounting is your passion and what you truly want to do. I studied music at university and loved it, however, I steered away from a career in the industry because of my anxiety and there is part of me that wishes I continued with it.

    I think it's important that you weigh up your values and your abilities and speak to a professional about how this will fit into your life with your anxiety. Best of luck finding your path!

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