Post # 1
Just wanting to hear some stories… good or bad about how you completely changed something you were doing work-wise / career wise. I’m out of work at the moment and thinking of doing a complete change up. Thanks!
Post # 3
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 # 4
@eeniebeans: How are you going being at home full time? Did it take a lot of adjustment? I don’t have children but with me suddenly being at home on my own all day it does change my mind quite a bit. Trying to keep busy with job searching, cooking, cleaning, exercising etc but it is a completely different life to working full time!
Post # 5
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
@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 # 7
@cbgg: I’m the same! Have a wonderful idea in my head, have started writing it down and just at that point now where I either take steps towards experience in that (along with massive pay cut and horrible hours) or just keep doing what I’m doing. Argh…so tough. I guess we will never know unless we take the risk will we?
@weatherbug: I love your story, thanks for sharing! Hearing you say you absolutely freaking love what your doing makes me smile – I would love to be doing something that makes me feel that way!!! I think you were very smart to do the coursework towards what you wanted to do. Perhaps I need to look at up-skilling myself…
Post # 8
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
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
@Charbelle: What are you thinking about doing?
Post # 11
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
@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
- 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
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
@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
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.