I was a Social Worker, Career Counselor, and Admissions Coordinator, all careers that resulted in my having a Master's Degree in Counseling. I liked counseling, but I wasn't working with the populations I really wanted to work with so. So I decided to try teaching instead. I did very well in the course work, but didn't survive student teaching. I very briefly went back to Social Work, but I didn't stay in it. I began to write. I had actually been writing since childhood. And I had a great passion for it. So I continued to write and supplement my income with part-time jobs. I had to keep the part-time jobs because i had a daughter to support. My then husband mostly supported us, but we needed extra income to give our daughter a middle class life. The writing continued throughout the years. Some years I made a good living and some years I didn't make much. I still write to this day, but I no longer made what I once did. But with my daughter grown up and with a family of her own, I don'trequire as much income as I once did. I downsized. I sold the family home, I am divorced, and live with my boyfriend in his home. So with fewer bills, I can make it, but barely. I go on nice trips with my boyfriend once a year and I buy fewer new clothes than I once did. Sadly, my mother passed away so I no longer need to communte back to my home state to visit her. So writing continues to be part of my world.
Never let ANYONE undermine your self confidence. Also, always keep on top of your current career until you have a new opportunity locked in. Once it is locked in, do not burn any bridges and do not discuss your career change with your current co-workers or you may end up leaving sooner than you want to.
Great advice Bill! Thank you!!!
I enjoyed reading your article!With the "worldwide" recession still with us - we are sometimes forced into making a career change. The secret to surviving these days is being "flexible" and being willing to learn new skills.I have been able to survive in spite of being 55 and laid off since 2008. What helped me was Nicholas Lore's book "The Pathfinder" - maybe you could feature him on your site. He also runs the Rockport Institute which has an AWESOME "Career Change" program.