Post # 1
Do you ever think about making a career change?
I’m a Certified Pharmacy Technician (which I went to school for) and while I’m good at what I do, I don’t love it. The company I work for is really great and I love my co-workers but the work is very repetitive.
I feel bad for feeling that way as I’ve been able to move up in my career. I worked in retail for a year, and found a job in another area (which I’ve been at for a year) making more money.
FI has told me I can go back to school if I want, but I’m not sure what I would go for, and the implications of it. I would probably have to work part-time and I have insurance through my work for myself and our son, and we are also planning on TTC after the wedding so it doesn’t seem like a good time. We’ve also talked about me possibly not working for a while once we have another child.
What’s a girl to do?
Post # 3
@JacobsMama: Yup, I took a year off to be a pastry chef and now I’m back working at the medical school where I’ve been for 9 years. Turns out, baking doesn’t exactly pay the bills in my case. It was a hard lesson to learn, so I’m of the mind that you should be cautious when venturing out.
For example, if you like bartending, take a class and pick up a couple of shifts at a cool bar. If you like designing things, open an Etsy shop and invest in your products. Above all, be secure in the salary/benefits you NEED to make to make your ends meet.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
I do. I don’t want to work in the banking industry forever. I always need new challenges.
However, I have to work on a 5 year plan before planning an exit strategy. Eventually, I want to be self-employed, but it’s really about finding the right opportunity and building the right skills while finding out where your passion lies. It is okay to say No to jobs you don’t like.
Ideally, I would like to get into vocational college teaching once I’m certified professionally. It takes a lot of networking and knowing the right people before making a complete 180 degree switch. I’d probably teach on a contract basis as I would need to get an MBA or a masters degree before any college would hire me as a faculty member. (I did my research)
OP, if you have enough work experience in your industry, would teaching at a college be of interest to you?
Post # 5
Yes, I used to be a secondary school teacher, and I left that to go to medical school. For me, personally, it was an excellent decision, as it’s important to me to be in a career that I love. It’s had its consequences though – FH recently moved overseas for work. If I was still teaching then I could probably have quite easily moved with him, however I need to stay where I am to finish medical school, so we’re having to do at least a couple of years long distance, which isn’t fun. I still don’t regret my decision though, as it will be better in the long run.
Post # 6
@JacobsMama: My aunt teaches a Certified Pharmacy Technician program at a technical college. She LOVES it!! Before she did that, she worked as a CPT in a hospital pharmacy and also loved it. It was much more fast-paced than retail. Something to think about?
If you’re really itching to make a change, look towards other avenues in your field before you completely jump ship. Unless you absolutely hate what you do and everything about it, I guess!
I’d probably hold off on making a big change if you’re planning on staying home with kids.