June 6th, 2007

Sydney *SIGH*

When is someone "too old" for a total career change?

I've been wondering about that a lot lately...

Lately I've been thinking about this - in light of my recent return to night school - and I wonder if what I'm doing is too little, too LATE. I'm *cough* *cough* almost 40 (in two and a half years) and I spent most of my life plodding through my daily job, just trying to make it through to the weekends...

Most of you know that I never expected to get into banking, much less the securities industry. I took a job as a teller for six months back in 1994 when the photo studio I was working for cut back on our hours due to health problems of the owners. It was only supposed to be six months, until the studio could get itself back on its feet... Six months, though turned into 12 years... and with each promotion the pay got better and with each promotion it seemed more and more certain that I wasn't just there for a job, and slowly the realization set in that this had become my career... :P

Now I love the people I work with, and I love helping people so that part of my job I completely adore... but the industry itself is the LAST place that I ever thought I'd end up. :P

So recently I've been taking night classes at KCC and I'm LOVING it... so much that it's all I can think about at work and I wished I was a full time student so that I could go through the curriculum that much faster...

So my question is - have I passed the age in which trying to change careers makes any kind of sense? I mean,... I have four weeks of vacation a year, I'm an officer of the bank, I make okay money for what I do, I have a nice office and GREAT co-workers... I can never complain because it isn't a BAD life... But the simple fact remains that I don't really like what I do. :P Just once I'd like to wake up and actually be glad that it's Monday.

I see people who LOVE what they do for a living... My LA theatre friends - heck, some of my co-workers (which is wonderful!)... They're all such inspirations when it comes to living the kind of happy life they want to lead... I've NEVER been about the money or about the "title" - I just want to have a passion for what I'm doing... :P

Sometimes I think I'm being a fool for taking all this on so late in life... Any thoughts that you could shoot in my direction regarding this would be greatly appreciated. HUGS to everyone!