Feel like my desk job of 10 years is making me unhappy. I am taking classes online to get certified in a new field and planning to switch careers in 1 year. I am super nervous and scared to fail. I feel it is now or never and I will never know unless I try! Other women I speak to about it don’t seem too supportive and think I am all talk.
I changed several times until finalising just after 30. When I left school I was not sure what to do and, being rather nerdy and studious, I was different than my friends at the time. I cannot say that I have ever been totally set in any job as I am always interested in many things. A friend when we were on a course once said to me when my anxiety was showing – ‘You put in the time, do the work and get the result.’ It’s a good way of thinking! Make your calculated decision and follow it. If you dither too much you will always be wondering ‘what if?’.
I’ve stuck with the same job for over 10 years: and have no plans to quit. I branched out with night classes for a few years. I also took up creative writing and have had a small success with it. BUT I do want more to achieve.
I think changing your career in your 30’s is entirely possible. If you’re unhappy, then switch jobs. Do what your heart desires. Personally speaking, I prefer working alone – and always will. However, I am able to work in an office – which I do – and am comfortable with a small amount of staff.
Anyhow, good luck with your studies and realize you CAN have your dream job: whether you’re in your 30’s, 40’s or even 80’s!
I have to say I have fallen in love with my job again: I go in every week and feel better for doing so. Having a job makes you feel proud. OK, I’m not a rockstar or actress, but I love the atmosphere of my office and enjoy the work.