It has become increasingly clear that I cannot successfully remain in this career for the next 25+ years of my life. My immediate goal is to stay in my position for four years and hit my next major net worth objective of $1,000,000. I know the number is an arbitrary amount to define as some level of financial stability, but I feel like something will click when I have that amount in my investments, and I’ll no longer be afraid to try something new.
My husband is going back to school to change careers, why can’t I? I do feel rather old, and, you know, pregnant. I can’t go back to school immediately – at least, not when he’s doing it and I’m home with a newborn. But I’m interested in pursuing this longer term… maybe, in four years, when I can save up enough to quit my job or continue part time while studying for a new life.
What would the new life be? I still feel drawn to psychology and counseling, and think I’d enjoy this type of role. I like helping people, and while it would be challenging, I’d feel happy knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life, even just for the day. I’m pretty good at reading people and understanding what makes them tick (others have told me this too), and I’m interested in psychology overall, especially social psychology and how we relate to each other.
Of all the career ideas I’ve had thus far in life, this one feels somehow sustainable if I get over the first hump of totally changing careers and the education that requires. With the $1M in investments, I wouldn’t have to worry as much about taking time off from work. I’d have to live frugally for the years I’m in school, mind you, but maybe my husband then would be open to moving somewhere cheaper where he could work and I could study and we could just have a nice life together.
Maybe this is all wishful thinking – but as I had a breakdown in front of a social worker at my pregnancy clinic today, I felt like I could see myself in her shoes. I felt way more aligned with her mentally than anyone I work with in tech. But, I think my background in the business world would help me add value on the counseling side too.
Well, this is the day’s worth of daydreaming anyway… but, I’d like to figure out a plan to make this work. I’m not sure exactly what type of counselor I’d want to be — school counselor, marriage and family counselor, etc… but it seems somehow achievable. Not at the same time as working and baby, but maybe once my husband becomes a teacher and I get some more money saved up, I can seriously pursue this. It won’t be for the money, that’s for sure. But it will be to have a job that I can, maybe, look forward to — and add some good to the world, versus dedicating my life to helping sell products to businesses.