(Closed) Has anyone made a drastic career change? Need some advice…

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health. I too am in the healthcare field. And while I was working full-time, my health plummeted because I was always so stressed out and it was a physically and mentally demanding job. I made the decision to go down to part-time hours and I’ve never been happier. But now, I’m still trying to figure out what my real calling is during my off days. I too was brought up that you have to stay in a career that is stable and makes great money.

I was wondering if you are able to do part-time or per diem with your healthcare job? That way you can still use it and still have it as a backup while you explore your other career interests?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

I just want to agree that if you don’t have your health, you dont have anything. I have been very sick for the last 4 years, and I would give anything to be well. Out of all the studied and research done, we know very few things for sure. But we do know stress has the power to deteriorate our health like nothing else. I know it’s easier for me to say than for you to do, but need to do what makes you happy. All the money in the world can’t buy health or happiness.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Sorry for the typos, autocorrect can be a pain.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think we are brought up to think that all you really need to be happy is to find a job that pays well and is stable, which then you will be able to buy a house and have a family. But I feel this was the ‘ideal’ for the past generation. These days I feel people now want to be able to enjoy their life a bit more and find a job that they feel passionate about or feel they are making a difference. 

People tell me all the time that I SHOULD be happy. I have a house, a stable job, great pay, loving family and friends, my supporting SO, etc. But yet I feel like there is something missing which I haven’t figured that out yet. I was more creative in my younger days and had plans to go to art school, but was steered in the practical direction since I was taught to believe I would never be happy in the creative field because they make ‘nothing.’ Now since I have time, I’ve been exploring my creativity again and found my happiness again. Just need to find a way to make it into a career ๐Ÿ˜‰

I would tell you that life is short and you should take a chance on a new career and see how it goes. You never know if this is your true calling. Or it might reveal to you that you are supposed to be in the healthcare field.

I wish you all the best!

 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@DecemberBride:  I am at the tail end of shifting careers. I was in the insurance industry for almost a decade, and then I turned a crisis into opportunity when the company I was working for laid off nearly half of its staff. 

I knew I was stuck in the wrong career, so I went back to school to get a history degree and the goal is to work in the museum industry. I’ve been doing internships to that end to help me fortify my job skills, so I don’t fall back into the whole “take what’s out there” mentality on the job search. You have to go for it and make it happen, or else you’ll spend your whole life waiting for a missed opportunity. 

Do you have an alternative career in mind? Maybe you can become a massage therapist? They get paid pretty well, and you’d be using your knowledge of anatomy and how the body works still. And it’s preventative health care to an extent (depending on your trust in eastern medicine). 

Maybe picking up a hobby could help? I know I sound like a commercial for it, but I really love meetup.com to help explore aspects of life you are curious about. Seek out an art group, a comedy group, a hiking group. Anything you can think of, it’s there. In my region, there’s even an Anti-Social Social (ASS) group. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have some fun, and that will decrease your stress level too.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

I don’t think a lot of people know what they want to be when they grow up. My dad (50s) still jokes that he doesn’t know.

I believe things happen for a reason, and I think all you can do is your best to try and get where you want to be, even if you don’t have a clear picture of what that is right now. life isn’t a linear path of logical steps–sometimes our path takes us completely away from where we “want” to be. This may be a wonderful opportunity for you to find what you truly want to do.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@DecemberBride:  Why don’t you take a Meyers–Briggs test, and see what careers best suit your personality type? That can help you make some exploratory moves. Or, take a couple of classes at the local community college in things that sound interesting to you, and vet the subject that way.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@DecemberBride: Just curiuos..what is your actual job position in the healthcare field?

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@DecemberBride:  I’ve done it twice and it’s not easy and it’s definitely nerve wracking, but all you can do is close your eyes and jump. I’ve found that my career now has come to me in a pretty organic way and I love doing what makes me happy rather than what other people say should make me happy. Your personal health has to come first. The first time I changed careers, I literally made a list of things I liked to do and was interested in, and then weighed each one out, researched what the job market was like in each field, until I figured out what would fit me best. I went back to school (again), did a 3 year diploma, and started my new career. After a couple of years I got laid off when the economy crashed, and I devoted a lot of time to our wedding. I loved it and missed it after the wedding was done, so that was how I started down my next career path. I don’t miss either of my previous careers. I’m not making as much money now, but we’re still comfortable and I’m so thankful I get to do what I love and be my own boss!

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