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Old 12-18-2012, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone change careers when they were in their 30's or older? I really need a different career but I have several problems figuring out how to do it. First, I don't know what else I really want to do and most things that I have looked at require 4 years of school. I don't have a problem with school but I can't quit my job to go to school in the daytime. I've looked for online classes but haven't had much luck there either. So I am just wondering what other people have done to change careers.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I suppose that would all depend on how much of a change you are wanting to make. I went from a high paying, high stress, never home type position to a lower paying, lower stress, close to home type of job. I am basically doing the same thing, just at a different level.

For me, it was a great decision.

If you are wanting to go from a heart surgeon to a cookie baker, then that is a BIG change. It would require a great deal of soul searching.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It always seems like the higher the pay the higher the stress. Glad you were able to choose personal happiness over money.


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Old 12-18-2012, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Change of Carreers......Be Patient

Yes I did. While I had been self employed for a long time, when I sold my business I did not know what I wanted to do/be. I was 34 then. I had some ideas but....nothing was pulling me. To make a long story short, 24 years ago I found my third "carreer" and the one I will have until.....
At the time I still had young kids at home.
I did have some parameters though and maybe that would be a good point of initiation....Mine was.....Limited # of employees,no equipment, good revenue (income) growth potential. I was patient and in the first couple years didn't make the money I left but now 24 years later, its been a blessing for me and my family.

In my opinion as a self employed person or one that leaves a carreer for a change, NOT KNOWING what you want to do is the number one thing we all have in common(generally).
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Set some parameters
Decide if it is doable in your area
Find someone who is or has done it
Decide if its money or job satisfaction that you want (you can have both)
Determine if there is a market for this career
Be Patient. If you are going to be a job hunter....unemployment is a reality.
Finally, while education is important, if you have other skills and abilities, it doesn't always mean its a deal killer.....unless of course you want to be a brain surgeon. There are some careers that take licensing etc, but not having a degree does not necessarily mean you are not qualified or couldn't do it.

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Old 12-18-2012, 12:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes I tried in my early 40's. I must say after the age of 43 my body started to change and it was more difficult to handle the stress of school (frequent insomnia) and retain some information. On the plus side, being older and more experienced I was able to prioritize better and be more disciplined in my studies. I went to night school for as long as I could then for the last two years attend day classes.

I am not working in my field of study, there are no jobs for new grads in my area and I cannot move or relocate. I studied nursing and could have started out working graveyard shift in a nursing home, but I really wanted the more typical hospital internship to learn some specialized skills. The economy is just not happening in my area for this, I was even planning to apply to work as a jail nurse, they always had entry level openings until 6 months prior to graduation, and that has not opened up since. For me to work 2-3 nights in a nursing home, I'd almost be losing money - I would not have benefits, I'd have to hire and train someone to do my work at my husband's business, so my profit would be about $12,000 more a year plus crappy hours in a place I don't want to work, so all that stress is just not worth $12,000.

So whatever you choose, I'd check to see how available internships are in your area and decided whether you can relocate or not. I'd say a typical path for a full time working person is community college night courses to get the basic classes then transfer as a junior to a 4 year college, at that point it might be student loan time to support you if you can only work part time then.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When i was 28 i went on active duty with the army. when i was 39 i went thru the dept of corrections academy and became a Cage kicker
That was a brief career since babysitting convicted felons doesnt pay very much
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes!
After working 13 years as an Asst. Manager at a Psychiatric Care Facility (a Union job). At age 44 I quit my job, after starting my own business. It encompasses everything I love, creating things, sales, the internet, parrots, and allowing me to be home with my dogs.
I am living my dream now
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I had worked in the transportation industry, mostly as a dispatcher, driver manager, load planner for the last 12 years after being a mostly stay at home mom for 18 years. I started taking medical office assistant classes(mostly online) 3 years ago. I started working at our local hospital in August and REALLY love my new career. The pay is similar but if I ever move I believe it'll be easier to find a new position with this medical background. I'm 54 so it's really never too late.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I am 32 and have had some interesting jobs. In 2010 I was injured on the job had to fight the company, and get surgery to fix my left hand etc. My situation turned out good and I decided to focus on what it is I really want to do. I have always loved playing and writing music. I have always run my own indie music projects as hobbies just for the love of creating music.

Last year I decided to take some classes and eventually go to school for music. It took me a great while to figure out what it was that I really wanted. Once I decided on music I put together a basic plan on how to get to what I want. I understand this can take up to four years of schooling depending on the degree I want for the recording arts. Having a job related to music, sound production, recording, live production I am all for it. I had to figure out a way to get there.

So I checked out certificate programs that I can take relatively quick for jobs in my area. Mostly business and office work. I decided to go with Medical Billing and Coding because I can take that any place I move to and work at home. So getting that down allows me to work, save money, and adjust work and future school classes.

I remember my father always saying do what makes you happy, but be smart about it. Don't rush and have a reasonable plan to execute step by step. If you want it bad enough you will do the work required to achieve it.
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