My oldest son finished college last spring and he is unsure of what he wants to do in the future. He isn’t sure that his chosen college course is still what he wants, and I support him in waiting and looking for other options rather than continuing with a career just because he went to school for it. Of course many adults change careers in their lifetimes. It is almost the norm these days.
My husband and I have both changed careers in the past decade. I started out working with people with disabilities when I was just 18 years old, and I continued in that field after I went to school to become a social worker. Even when I had other social work jobs, I kept my part time position working with people with disabilities and I really believed that I would do that for the rest of my life. Eventually I learned I wanted to work for myself, and I followed my heart on a project or two before finding my place with this blog. I love what I do now, and I hope I can continue to work in this field for many years to come.
My husband’s story is a little different. He worked in an automotive plant where the money was great but there was very little job security. We accepted the lay-offs as they came and always managed to make things work out, at least for awhile. Eventually the recession took it’s toll on our little corner of the world and his plant closed down. We found ourselves wondering what we could do. We had no income insurance and there were not automotive plants that were hiring at a pay scale anywhere near what he had been making. After a lot of discussion, we decided that it was the right time for a change. Mike wanted to become an electrician and this seemed like the right time to make that dream become a reality. He enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship program and spent a year in school.
He is at the beginning of the fourth year of his apprenticeship and in another year or so he will be a licensed electrician. It’s been a long and sometimes difficult journey, but I believe the end result will be worth it. Having a career that makes you happy is really important, in my opinion.
Have you changed careers? How did you decide on your career?