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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.

September 26 2013 at 10:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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.

September 26 2013 at 5:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Bill's comment

Great advice Bill! Thank you!!!

September 26 2013 at 9:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Angela J Shirley

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.

September 25 2013 at 2:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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