“I just don’t know what to do with my life, Aunt Laura,” my nephew told me a week ago. “I still do not know what I want to do and I am much older than you,” I told him, “You have plenty of time to figure it out.”
Before I had Allison, I had just completed my Clear Credential and thousands of dollars had been spent on my education. I left teaching knowing there would always be a need for teachers, especially special education teachers. As I peruse the district websites, however, it is slim pickings out there. The competition is great. I had no way of predicting the economic climate we are now living in. Additionally, after five years, California teacher credentialing requires M O R E classes. $4500 worth of classes. That does not excite me. I do not wish to do more classes or pay for them.
I have not had a job outside the home in 5 1/2 years. Now that my daughter is in school, I am feeling like I need to rediscover my passions and find out what I want to do with my life. I have always wanted to write and that is the direction I want to go. I have some great leads and I think now is the time to do it. I have put some resumes out there and I am excited (if not a bit nervous, yet confident) about this new opportunity. Fortunately, there is no rush to find gainful employment. I have the opportunity to find the right job.
Has anyone else returned from a hiatus and found themselves going in a different direction career-wise? Or, anyone made a career change? How did you make the transition? Was it luck? Advice?