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Mid-Career Changes, Do You or Don’t You?

When do you change careers, should you change careers, does the new career find you or do you find it? These are questions that I have been pondering the last few days. I made a big change over a few weeks ago. I walked away from what I thought was my career job. Alas, it was not. You can read about it in my previous post. Now, I am contemplating my next move. What do I really want to be when I grow up.

People have told me to play it safe and find something that is close to what I was doing before. Playing it safe is what I have done my whole life. I have never been a live on the edge type of person. I have always been the practical one. I have a family, so that seems like the safe thing to do. I want to do something different, a change. But, how about a BIG change? What if I really want a big change?

I would like to do something that I am passionate about. I want a career that helps people. I also want to go home every night feeling good about my day. No job is stress free or without problems. I am too old to be that naive. I think the word I need to use is fulfillment. I want a career that is fulfilling. You will notice that I said career not job. This time around, I want a career.

So, the questions is, do I make the leap? Do I make a change? What have I got to lose, right?


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2 thoughts on “Mid-Career Changes, Do You or Don’t You?

  1. Hi Buckeye in Bama,
    There comes a time in life when you realize you need something for you instead of everyone else or what everyone else THINKS you should do. I made the jump about 6 months ago. I quit my job making good money, I wasn’t fulfilled in my work. The stress was incredible and my boss was taking advantage of me.

    I had applied at several places and responses I received were only concerned about how much I was currently earning. They automatically assumed I would use them as a temporary fix or launch pad to something better. Many were non-responsive, and I assumed it was because I didn’t possess the coveted bachelor’s degree. I had settled for getting an associate’s degree, but it couldn’t help me advance in my current career.

    I considered returning to college to earn my bachelor’s, but realized that I couldn’t continue working for my present employer. Then I thought, if I am going back to college, I will major in what I want, not what others thought I should pursue. I also decided that I didn’t want to stay in my current field. I am pleased to announce I returned to The Ohio State University and just finished my second semester and doing well. I am four semesters away from graduating with my bachelor’s in Atmospheric Sciences.

    Making a big change does not mean you don’t care about your family. What it could do is improve your professional life; which will improve your personal life. Making the decision is scary and stressful. I am very happy I made the change and can’t wait for graduation.
    Good luck,


    • Thanks, Tammy! I am going to make the change. I have run into similar situations about salary. I am not concerned with salary, but with fulfillment. I want to do something that I feel good about at the end of the day. It sounds very “pie in the sky”, but at this point in my life, it is what I want.

      I am going back to school. I am also trying to find a job in a university that will have education benefits. I figure that I can go for free and take the classes that I want to take without going into debt any further.

      Thanks for the inspiration! I needed to hear about someone else who had made a change!


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