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Old 08-28-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Default Mid-life (20's) career change...?

tl;dr - I'm back in college for a hopeful career change.

Those who have changed career fields, how'd you choose your new career? I had a plan as a teen, and am currently pursuing that potential career field, but I'm not sure that's what I want.

I've Google'd advice for a while now, buy would like some first person stories.
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20's is midlife?? Fuuuuuuuuuuuuu I turn 26 in a month and I'm not happy about it.
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Mid life is in your 20's? I guess I'm **** canned then thinking 40 was mid life for me...

Thanks pal for ruining my buzz..

On a serious note - you need to find what interests you and what you think you will enjoy in life.. If a bulb doesn't go off in your head then go for the field you think you can tolerate and financially support yourself and or a family in the future.. Lastly if still nothing takes then take the field you might hate but will ensure you to make money and ensure you future employment...

Medical industry is what I would do today as a last resort.. It's recession proof.. Try to become a Pharmacist or at least a nurse for starters or something.. I'm thinking job security and medical benefits which is key in this uncertain economy... Population is growing, with that being said there is more old and sick people... Health care will always be in demand!!!

Pharmacists make six figures and certified male nurses make close to that and usually have 3 days off a week or more..

A fireman job isn't too shabby either..

Good luck!!!! That's all I got..

PS.. Don't go for the psychology major what ever you do... Useless...
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Well, presumptuously, midlife would most likely be related to, but any complete career field change is welcomed.
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my parents lived to be 60 and 63. im 33 so maybe i am in mid life?
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I'm luckily happy in my career and have been doing implementation medical systems since I was 21. I have about 11 years experience now and do project management/implementation consulting. It's a great gig if you are a little technical and analytical. I'm shooting for a director role next but still in the same industry that I work in now. I would take 3 things into considerations 1) something that interests you, 2) something that pays well, and 3) something that isn't oversaturated
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I started out as a respiratory therapist and paramedic in 1979. Got a CS degree because Ive always been a geek, had been programing for years, and it paid a lot better. Then I found out that programming because I wanted to was a lot more fun than spending 8 hours a day at it. I enjoyed y part-time job (keeping my EMS skills up) a lot more. So back to school for yet another degree (nursing, this time), and back to EMS full time. I work full time in a busy ER/trauma center, and teach Taekwondo part time at the local YMCA.
And anybody who calls calls 20-something "midlfe" is just begging for this 50 year old to plant a spinning hook kick upside their head....
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Medical field is the way to go ^^^^^^ I'm convinced... I hear there is alot of flirting going on in house in hospitals, good way to meet your partner in life or get laid from what I hear...
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I changed careers in my mid 20's. I went back to college and got a B.S. in petroleum engineering when I was 26. I now work full time and am working on my masters in petroleum engineering. It was honestly the best choice I've ever made. People told me I was crazy at the time but going back to school has easily already paid for itself. I honestly love the oil industry and couldn't be happier.
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Major Piece of advice - Make sure whatever you choose that you can:
1) actually find job in that field
2)support a lifestyle that you can accept.

If you have a job you like but are constantly in financial misery you probably won't be happy.

Same goes the other way - but try to find a good middle ground.

Don't pay for a college degree and get yourself in a ton of debt only to find out you can't get job in what you studied or that you are in 50k+ of debt and only make 30k a year.
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I've always been interested in pharmacy, but question my motivation to take calculus and OChem.
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I also work in the medical industry, I visit all types of practices all over the state, and yes, there are tons of beautiful nurses.

I know a girl going to school to be a pharm tech, it seems pretty tough.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:12 PM   #14
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I'm not interested in pharmacy tech, just being a pharmacist. I only have Gen chemistry, OChem,.calculus, and physics remaining to start applying to schools. But, I'm not sure that's what I Really want.
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I am 27 and back in college working on just an Associates Degree, Computer Specialist AAS. I figure with the growing technology and the technology needs of businesses this is a field that will be around for a long time. If technology changes I will have the background and experience to adapt to future changes. I went to school previously but for a very short time frame, I worked and made more money annually than my friends that went to school for bachelor degrees. I am just sick and tired of the retail/outside sales field. The general public is complete *** holes and has no consideration or respect for people that try to help them out! I am going to school to get out of sales, I can't stand retail or outside sales customers anymore.
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right now I'm working as a computer network administrator; I went to one of those diploma mill tech schools out of HS and though I got a job and don't make bad money ($42K-ish) at 27, I want more. I'm good at what I do, and I already have ~10 yrs experience in the IT field, so I decided to find something in my current field that I actually like doing; thus, next Jan, I'm going for my B/A in Network Systems Security. It covers everything network/computer security to computer forensics. That, coupled with my A.S in CJ, I should be able to land a fairly decent/well paying job.

My point is: find something in demand (that you can actually get a job in), somehting that will make you the kind of realistic money you want, something that you can realisticly do (I'm not good at really complicated math so a Computer Science degree wouldn't work), and something that you'll enjoy doing (I have a BIG interest in LE and security detailed jobs).

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I'm 25, graduated with a bachelors in communications in may of 2010, and wound up working a bs job that I didn't like for crap pay until February of this year. Fall of last year I started back at school working on an instrumentation certificate to get into the petrochemical industry. I actually enjoyed my classes, still have two more semesters including this one of going part time, and just hired on with a company making almost double an hour and a LOT more hours than what I was making fresh out of University of Houston up until February this year.
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Anyone thought of opening a lawn maintenance company? I'm a banker now, but dislike it more and more every day and I'm very confident I can match, but really exceed what I'm making now.

I'm thinking about starting it on the side and gradually becoming full time, and I'm talking LEGIT. Real LLC, licensed, uniform, lettered trailer etc. Llawn mowing, landscaping, fert applications etc (licensed.) I did it about 2 years ago part time with a buddy and we killed it, but I relocated.

I just don't think I'll ever truly be happy with what I do unless I am my own boss...
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Medical field is the way to go ^^^^^^ I'm convinced... I hear there is alot of flirting going on in house in hospitals, good way to meet your partner in life or get laid from what I hear...
Its a field that's occupied primarily by women.....of course it's like that. The married ones are generally miserable, the dating ones are full of drama, and the single ones cling to any guy that will pay them attention. Nothing special really

And mid-life = 20s
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I called that my quarter life crisis.
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