Originally Posted by *AHIMSA*
Have any of you made a change of career after many years of education, training and efforts had been put into it?
I am really reconsidering my choice to get my degree in Nursing, for many reasons. I may pursue an additional degree in Psychology instead.
I would love to hear from any of you who were well into a career or educational training program but made a change.
What made you change your path?
How difficult was it (financially/emotionally) and how much support or resistance did you receive from your family?
Any advice, thoughts, questions you can think of that may help me is appreciated.
I actually got my master's degree before I changed fields. I have history degrees, but couldn't find much to do with them. My ex-wife got me a job in mental health just to pay the bills. That was about 8 years ago. Ironically, she has her MA in Psych, but is now working in insurance, while I'm still in mental health. I really enjoy working in the field and I don't see me changing fields again. I've often thought of getting a counseling or social work degree, but financially, its just not practical right now. Maybe in a year or so it will be.
For me, it has been financially very frustrating. Because I don't have a degree in the field, there isn't a lot of mobility. I do love what I do right now though. Emotionally, it has only been difficult when I think about the degrees I have that aren't really doing much for me, but thats kind of a minor thing. Whats done is done.
My family/friends were fine with everything that happened. All were really supportive, they kinda left me to do whatever worked. I did get some "advice" from my parents at times that was unwelcome, but they were mostly supportive.
It hasn't been easy over the years, but I'm comfortable now. I guess the only advice I would give is to continue thinking about it. Take your time and consider what would make you happiest. I know I have a tendency to look before I leap.
Whatever you choose, best of luck to you!