How did you shake up your work? Completely change your career path?!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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6751 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Last month I quit my full time job of 13 years to be a stay at home mom… But I don’t think that’s what you had in mind.  I did completely change my career though!

Post # 5
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5199 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I can’t give you an example of what I have done…but lately I cannot stop thinking about starting my own business.  I want to wrap up my current office job and start up this idea I have.

It’s really risky though…I’ll probably never do it.  Neither I nor DH have much appetite for risk so I can’t see myself ever taking the leap.

God, that’s depressing.

Post # 6
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5017 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Charbelle:  I graduated from college with a communications degree. I worked for a non-profit for about 3 years before doing some coursework to get my teaching degree. I then quit my non-profit job to become a special education teacher!

I asbolutely love it! I have always loved kids – I wish someone had told me when I was 17 and going to college to seriously consider studying education! I was lucky that I could do it in a way that I never had to go back to school full time, and I was able to work a full time position – thus not having any gap in my employment history or dealing with financial hardship.

This is my 3rd year as a teacher and I absolutely freaking love it! 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am really enjoying it so far! My house is the cleanest it’s ever been! My husband has been able to take on some new work opportunities because we are no longer stretched thin for time. It has been a big adjustment- but a good one. But I honestly do think about what I will do in a few  years when my youngest goes to school. I’ll be about 40 then- so it really will be a mid-life career change!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I got a degree in Neuroscience, wanted to become a teacher, and will probably never use it for anything. I’m going to teach English in China for a year (leaving this October), and when I come back I’m starting a new career in a familiar place – my dad’s office! He’s an investment advisor, and I worked for him for 4 summers through university. He wants to retire in 6-7 years, and he wants me to take over the business. I love his clients, and learned a lot about the business working as his assistant. I’ll be getting my securities license and CFP while I work under him, and basically be getting mentored for 5 years until he wants to throw in the towel.

It was not in my life plan AT ALL until 6 months ago, when he had to decide whether to sell the business (someone made him an offer) or pass it down. I’ll continue paying him a hefty pension from the business revenue throughout his retirement, so it works out for both of us.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Charbelle:  What are you thinking about doing?

Post # 11
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284 posts
Helper bee

My FH and I are both going through this. My degree is in music, his is in art, I’m working editing catalogs, he’s a tennis pro, and I am applying to grad schools (Counseling) in the fall, and he wants to take architecture classes/work in drafting and get back into painting. We don’t have kids and aren’t in debt, so…now’s the time! 🙂

Post # 12
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9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Charbelle:  in 2008 I quit my very good job at a bank (that I was very good at) to go back to school and become a Landscape Architect.  I love my new career – I love everything about it.

Post # 13
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1428 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

I really need to do this.  I tried to a few years ago (up and quit my job, basically, since I didn’t enjoy it), but then I just took the first job that came along after that (with only a day off in between jobs…) and have been here 3 years now, kind of stuck trying to figure out where to go next.  I need to make a change, though!  

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I just graduated with my undergrad degree this past June and planned on getting some kind of entry-level marketing or business job, but FI and I founded a company over the summer and it really took off!  I suppose thats not much of a “career change” but it is definitely different than what I thought I would be doing or planned for immediately after finishing my degree.  Now with FI’s career and businesses and our business I don’t really need another job, but I would like to go back to school in the future and get a Master’s in a few years.  

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@MrsTywinLannister:  Would you perhaps mind telling me what type of business you founded? I am also a marketing/business person and graduating in a few months, so I’m trying to get ideas of what to do with my new skills.

Of course, if you are uncomfortable discussing it, completely disregard this, or if not, PM me.  I am just trying to do a ton of research because with graduation around the corner.. I am totally freaking out!

I’m so afraid to start my own business so soon after graduation, mainly because of the capital required, so I’m totally jealous.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I changed careers a bunch of times before and during college. Administration, bank teller, retail, veterinary assistance, and once I graduated I got into the energy industry. In the beginning I tried to select companies to work for that seemed stable and high paying that didn’t require degrees. Mostly what happened is that  fell into groups with the most atrocious unbelievably shitty managers. Then as I got more focused I tried to go into the field I was taking classes in. Then I changed my major and muddled along in jobs I hated until a year after graduating when I got a job in my degree field. I’m really dedicated to this job so I hope it lasts til retirement.

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