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I am thinking about switching careers (and I'm in my late 30's). Has anyone ever switched careers in their 30's and up? What was the switch like?

Asked by Jude (32058points) October 5th, 2010

I teach elementary school, but, am now thinking about being a child and youth worker. I have a B.A. (psych major) and a B.E.D. (bachelor of education), and may go for my Child and Youth Worker certification. It’s a ten month accelerated program (because I have the two degrees), which would normally take 3 years to complete. The pay is a bit less (around 40 grand/per year as opposed to up 50 that I could be making teaching). The thing is, this is where I feel that I belong. I am compassionate, get struggle, have a great deal of empathy and have always had a good rapport with kids and youth. The most rewarding jobs for me were when I worked with kids who were ADHD and came from rough homes. I did all that I could to help them. I feel that this is my “calling”.

If you switched, why did you?

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