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Career change?

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

I have a good paying full time job. I don't hate it...but I show up frustrated and leave the same way, if not worse. It's not something I want to be doing now, let alone the rest of my life...not even in the general field of work.

I got my bachelor's in psychology two years ago, took 12 hours towards a Master's degree in counseling then fizzed out. Since then I re-located with this company but I know I need a change. This position is a technical/chemistry/mechanical type and I am (obviously through the degree I have) more of a creative being, which there isn't room for in my current industry.

The idea of going back to school for my master's degree has been on my mind, along with a career change in general, for over the last two weeks. I have student loans to pay off for my bachelor's...the thought of adding to that to gain my master's makes me groan with naseua. It's just I need my full time paycheck.

The benefits, the good money, the freedom/comfort of knowing my job...these thoughts weigh on me.

Anybody gone back to school at 41 or later?
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    Would it be possible to start with an online class or two while still working and see how
    it flows? What job opportunities are out there once you get the degree? That said,follow
    your heart! Wish I would have done more when I was younger.
    1754 days ago
    I got my project manager certification at 43. It was a year worth of courses while the economy was bust and I was forced to work part time....about 30 hours a week. My fiancee is finishing up his 2 year online and working full time. The online thing seems to be working well for him, but I'm not sure if you can get a masters online. But I think the overwhelming thing here is you are not happy and that is going to show up in other ways in your life. So do what makes you happy and the rest will fall into place. Reggie and I are contemplating moving into a much smaller but much more cost effective place once my daughter graduates from high school so we can retire early and have the life we want. Where there is a will there is a way. You've got this sis!!! Hugs....Robin
    1755 days ago
    I have not gone back to school since I left grad school myself in my early 20s! But I've taken individual courses here & there, & I didn't enter my field (book editing) until I was in my 30s. Fortunately I found an entry-level job that didn't pay well, but I decided to think of it as being paid to go to school. I made various job changes over the years, & now I'm a senior manuscript editor at the largest university press in the US; I love it & plan to stay till I retire.

    But I'm all for going back to school if you can make it work financially. A big if, I know! Another alternative is to find more satisfying work that would NOT require you to return to school, as I did. You'd have to start out at an entry level, probably, unless you can show that your work experience has prepared you for a more responsible position.

    My niece has only a bachelor's in psychology, but her career has been pretty impressive: She got a job in a YMCA straight out of college & has stayed in the Y ever since. She just got a new position as the executive director of a Y that's just a few miles from her home--pretty amazing when you live in the L.A. area, as she does, to work that close to home. So, just a bachelor's degree, but an executive position at this point (late 30s, just had her first child). Granted, she's super smart & capable, but you probably are too!

    Best wishes with your decision-marking process! You still have lots of life ahead, God willing, so it would be good to find work that will bring you joy.

    1755 days ago
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