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Justanothernamechange2 Wed 03-Apr-19 14:23:27

Just feeling quite miserable and deflated today.

I know im not considered older yet at 30, but not a spring chicken to be starting fresh either.

Just feeling like ive wasted half my life.

Went to college, did a degree through the open uni.. had 3 jobs in said field (2 fixed term, then redundancy) when i was made redundant it was due to the company collapsing and not affording upkeep of the building etc so i just got an easy office job in the next city to pay the bills + now 4 years on i feel stuck here. I never really enjoyed the field of work im trained in so dont really want to get back into that. I have minimal other transferable skills other than generic office work (calls, company specific pc software, Microsoft office etc) but I am so frustrated here.

theres no challenge, i feel like my brain never gets a chance to wake up, i travel for hours at an extortionate cost just to come here and do the same shit, different day.

Oh...and my boss is an arsehole.

We also want to start a family, which i feel i cant or shouldnt when between work so i need to settle fast. I joined mumsnet nearly 2years ago due to fertility issues and found a helpful thread were in a position that we could probably go forward with family planning...but not until im settled in a new job where im happy and closer to home.

Anyway.. i digress. Has anyone had a lightbulb moment a bit later on and actually got somewhere good?

MidsomerBurgers Wed 03-Apr-19 14:28:13

I qualified as a nurse at 39 years old. I wasn't the youngest on my course, by a long shot.

Also know someone who qualified as a doctor in their late 30's.

MaidofKent78 Wed 03-Apr-19 14:31:26

Took a PGCE at 32. It turned out teaching wasn't for me so returned to analytical work. But I'm currently training in equine massage therapy at 41 with the intention of doing it alongside my part time office job.

I've still 20 odd years to go before retirement and intend to spend it doing something I enjoy!

Dairyqueen2 Wed 03-Apr-19 14:34:28

My partner was a successful graphic designer but grew to hate it. Downshifted at age 38 to be a craftsperson. Now poorer but happier smile

DeadCertain Wed 03-Apr-19 14:34:48

I am 42 in June and about to embark on a completely new career; I still have more working life ahead of me than behind me so I don't feel it's too late to make a good go of it at all.

Platform975 Wed 03-Apr-19 14:38:46

Sorry OP no advice but following with interest. I have a degree, had a couple of jobs in a semi related field. Want to retrain but like you, we also want to start a family so feeling confused confused

moosesormeece Wed 03-Apr-19 14:39:05

I thought the same as you for ages but then I realised I had 35 years of working life ahead of me which is far too long to be miserable for! So I listed all my transferable skills and started looking around to see what I could do without going back to university, and I start my new job in a totally new field in a couple of weeks.

There's a pay cut to begin with and I'll have to put off trying for a baby for a year or so, but there's loads of room for career progression and because it's public sector the maternity pay will be better too when I get to that stage. I'm a couple of years older than you - there's no rush.

Iltavilli Wed 03-Apr-19 14:39:33

Yep! Spent most of my 20s in postgrad education including a PhD. Fully committed to academia, and managed to get a lectureship. Recession hit, and made redundant so spent nearly 10 years broadly in education management.
Realised that whilst this was all very worthy, the jobs were actually dull office jobs I’d be paid far more for elsewhere. So off I went at 37 to work in public sector finance. Huge intellectual challenge, much better salary, and better prospects. Many on my training programme are mid 20s, but others up to mid 40s too. We don’t really consider age at all (we all just have different strengths)

WontYouDance Wed 03-Apr-19 14:41:32

Yip, left school at 16 and been plodding along in admin support roles ever since. I’m 32 now and DD starting school this year so I’m going back too. Getting higher English through an access to teaching course this year, then hopefully onto uni next year!

3dogs2cats Wed 03-Apr-19 14:46:04

I had a stressful 25 year career as a social worker and loved it although it affected my mental health. Got I’ll health retirement. Then I did some rhs gardening courses.and loved it. Went on to more courses in Garden Design and was considering at 58 whether to do a post grad in landscape Architecture or start a small garden business, when life overtook me again. Wish I’d changed at 35.
30 is really young , you may have to work for another 40 years. Find something that absorbs you. Don’t expect that to be enough though, even jobs that appear glamorous, creative well paid easy have massive downsides. My son, who is your age has a glamorous job in a creative industry and he is so miserable. He’s examining second career options now.
Best of luck

shiningstar2 Wed 03-Apr-19 15:01:26

aged 39 when I started a full time degree. 43 when I completed my PGCE and began teaching English. Had a career for 18 years. Hard work but best thing I ever did on the work front. You are at a great age to decide what you really want to do. Go for it op.

shiningstar2 Wed 03-Apr-19 15:02:35

Finger caught on the lower case for first word lol.

Unevenbeard Wed 03-Apr-19 18:04:09

Was in teaching, now working in probation in my 30's. Sometimes a change can do the world of good

Smelborp Wed 03-Apr-19 18:06:14

Yes but to say what would be outing. I changed in my forties though.

thegirlanachronism Wed 03-Apr-19 18:11:52

I'm turning 30 in a few months and have just started a job in a totally new career. As pp said we still have plenty of working years ahead of us so go for it!

Unescorted Wed 03-Apr-19 18:18:25

Yep at 39, and 19 years after I finished my degree I got a graduate trainee place in the CS. I love it & 10 years later I am still loving it, whizzed through the ranks as I had a lot of work ready skills the others didn't.

Moneypenny007 Wed 03-Apr-19 18:26:53

Yup my mum went back around 40 and my dh is 34 and in his first year. It can be done but you need to figure out what you want to do!

bridgetosomewhere Wed 03-Apr-19 18:45:53

Nearly finished my pgde and loving it
I'm 38

sanityisamyth Wed 03-Apr-19 19:36:21

I'm 36 and starting a pharmacy degree in September. I've been a science teacher for 13 years and now hate it. Time for a change and literally can't wait! Life is too short for looking into the future and thinking "I've got 30 years of this ahead of me before I can retire". If there's something you'd rather be doing, and can afford the time/money/energy etc. To change then go for it.

RiddleyW Wed 03-Apr-19 19:38:52

Slightly younger than you when I started the part time course but I trained as a lawyer when I was 30. Such a great decision, 10 years on I love my job.

sleeplessinselondon Wed 03-Apr-19 19:48:27

I retrained as a teacher last year when I was 40 after working in the city since uni. I’ve an awful lot of working life left and it has been a great decision

Politicalacuityisathing Wed 03-Apr-19 19:55:08

My career just got going in my thirties! Spent my twenties studying and crappy jobs and travelling. Met DP at 29 and by 40 had 2 DC, a good job I was progressing in and a home. Many of the women I know have completely changed careers/path in their 30s and 40s. In fact I can only think of 2 who did the corporate job straight from Uni and is still there. And one of them has a 5 year plan to leave and set up her own business. You have a long working life ahead of you - far longer ahead than behind you.

strawberrylollipop Wed 03-Apr-19 19:59:21

I'm nearly 30 and have just started on the path to gain my gcse that I need to hopefully join university next year - while still working in a job I hate.
Also have no relationship / prospect of getting married or having another child which I would love to do .... but hoping I can change my career will make me happy!

patsycrime Wed 03-Apr-19 20:00:25

I had my first DC at 30 and started a degree at 33, I am now happily working in the field my degree led too.

Tarrarra Wed 03-Apr-19 20:03:39

I retrained as a teacher at the age of 43 and don't regret it.

Elliss2018 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:06:57

I qualified as a nurse last year, I'm 33, best decision I've ever made! Go for it smile

Asdf12345 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:07:35

I know a chap who was an optometrist till his mid 30s when he went to medical school, then trained in a surgical speciality for a number of years before going to big Pharma.

It may be more difficult if you can’t earn good money alongside changing career, or don’t have a partner who can bankroll it.

SweetbutaPsycho Wed 03-Apr-19 20:07:40

I've worked in community development since leaving college at 18. Started a degree with the open university at 25 and will graduate next year before hopefully going on to do a doctorate or applied masters in psychotherapy. At 31 I'll be giving up my £30k a year career to literally start again from the bottom up but I know this is what I want. I'm so disillusioned and stagnant in my current role.

DontGoIntoTheLongGrass Wed 03-Apr-19 20:13:47

Left school at 17 and been in call centres, admin and retail jobs since. Been in an admin job for 8 years and now at 30 I'm about to start training for the special constables with a view to hopefully make it my full career after a few years of voluntary experience. I needed a change 😬

justchecking1 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:15:35

My friend is currently looking at the graduate entry fast track policing scheme. I think she's nuts, but it sounds interesting at least!

Monr0e Wed 03-Apr-19 20:18:15

I'm 44 and a few months off qualifying to be a midwife. I'll still have at least 20 years of working life ahead of me.

What interests you? What do you enjoy doing? I think its better to have a clear goal rather than just jump into anything because it's different.

tinytemper66 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:19:53

I went to uni aged 31 and became a teacher at 35. I had worked as a student nurse and then an OT assistant before that. Plus had children in between 😊

kalinkafoxtrot45 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:25:25

I worked in a bank, was made redundant, got a TEFL, moved overseas and started teaching English. Was promoted by the company I work for and now have a more senior position. Love the job and it was a good move. I was 36 when I made the change.

Order654 Wed 03-Apr-19 20:27:20

I’m 29, started a course this year to become an accountant.

Iv been in a normal office job since I left school at 16, had 2 kids and there now both at school so seems about the right time

SabineUndine Wed 03-Apr-19 20:32:40

I'm in my 50s, have just left an office job I hate. Now looking to start work in a completely different field. I'm fortunate in that I can take a salary cut, but I would certainly say it's never too late to change. I've got 10 years of full time work ahead of me, and I decided to spend it doing something I enjoy.

FluffyBumps Wed 03-Apr-19 20:38:59

Well i gave up the world's dullest career in yawn yawn.. financial services. I went on Mat leave and could never face going back to it.
I spent a good few years at home being a FT mum and then we relocated with the job. At that point I felt ready for something new but absolutely no idea what. Whilst glancing through a local paper I saw a local uni offering an aviation course.
Literally applied without much thought at all. Got accepted. Did the course.
During the course I got a work placement at an airport. They let me finish the course but I've stayed there. It's a junior role but I love it. Pay is shit. Shifts ate shit but I love the variety and people. I doubt I'll progress as that will mean less of the aspects I enjoy but I'm happy in my job, something I never had before. So no not a new career. Its just a blue collar job at best but a totally new direction and something I look forward to doing every day.

another20 Wed 03-Apr-19 21:25:45

My user name refers to my career change at many more years I would need to work. Did the corporate career from graduating with a big blue chip. Now retrained as a psychotherapist - and in this job the older you are the better you are. Wish I had done it sooner.

scattercushion17 Wed 03-Apr-19 21:33:05

'What colour is your parachute?' might be worth a read. Its career focused on helping you work out your motivation etc

ConstantlyCooking Wed 03-Apr-19 21:38:18

I did a pgce at 44 and am now teaching fulltime. smile

Polarbearflavour Wed 03-Apr-19 21:41:40

I’ve had 6 different careers and I’m 30! grin

Thinking of doing a PGCE next year.

Whatdoyouknowwhenyouknownowt Wed 03-Apr-19 21:43:32

I did another degree & then something completely different again a few years later. Now early retired until I get bored again...

There's always a way...

donajimena Wed 03-Apr-19 21:47:30

I'm doing now and I'm a lot older than you. I'm 47. If I don't do this I'll be on NMW for the rest of my life.

feelingdizzy Wed 03-Apr-19 21:47:53

Retrained at 35 to be a teacher as a single parent to 2 kids. 10 years later I'm headteacher , still think I've another career in me considering a change at 50 .

Jessicabrassica Wed 03-Apr-19 21:57:43

Just about to qualify as an occupational therapist at 45. Can't wait to start work!

missyB1 Wed 03-Apr-19 22:02:04

I will be 51 this year. Currently retraining as a TA in a private school. It’s been hard going back to studying at my age, and I have to take a couple of exams 😱 but I’m so glad I’m doing it.

Traveller104 Wed 03-Apr-19 22:05:33

I did a complete career change at 45, left an industry I’d worked in for 25 years and got a level 5 qualification for my new career whilst working in a really junior role, then did a masters degree which has helped me move up the ladder quite quickly in the last 5 years... it’s doable but you have to be brave!

Pastaagain78 Wed 03-Apr-19 22:14:35

Thank you everyone. This thread is really timely and has certainly cheered me up.

mogtheexcellent Wed 03-Apr-19 22:19:23

I was stuck in office work at 30. Went to uni and now I'm an archaeologist and have been for 13 years. Bit bored of it at the moment so considering doing something else.

Justanothernamechange2 Thu 04-Apr-19 08:34:34

Thanks for all the replies. Very reassuring. Now to figure out what i want to do!

Just a bit nervous about the prospect of juggling new career + starting a family i guess!

CuppaTeaAndAJammieDodger Thu 04-Apr-19 08:48:52

I'm just about to start training as an ODP, I'm 41. When I was in hospital last year, one of the student nurses on my ward was in her late 50s.

So - no - it isn't too late in the slightest!

FilthyforFirth Thu 04-Apr-19 09:00:58

At 34 I have just changed careers and I have a small child. It hasnt been easy and the studying has been bloody difficult but I just found out I have passed! I'm lucky that the pay was largely the same. If you can afford to retrain I say go for it. Who knows when our generation will be able to retire!

JadziaSnax Thu 04-Apr-19 09:04:11

I graduated last year with a computing degree aged 44 and now work in IT after years of generic office work.

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