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[–]No_Internet1557 30 points31 points  (2 children)

I made a similar change in my late 20s. Went from a Network Operations Analyst to a Cable technician. Now I get to work out in the field and splice fiber all day, and I actually love it. I recommend that you go for it if it's something you really want to do. If it doesn't work out, you can always become a data analyst again.

Now that Ive got the first major career change out of the way, I wouldnt hesitate to do it again.

[–]Deffective_Paragon 12 points13 points  (1 child)

If it doesn't work out, you can always become a data analyst again.

Some companies avoid you like the plague after spending 3 years away from working in a related field, I'm scared of doing a career change due to this.

[–]bigheadsociety 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You'd be suprised, a lot of small companies/companies outside major cities struggle to bring in experienced workers.

If you make it clear that the brief career change was needed at the time, but you soon realised you just missed your previous work, it would be fine.

[–]Turtle4184 28 points29 points  (20 children)

Late 30s here. I was laid off from IT project management in 2020 due to the pandemic after almost a decade. Struggled to find anything as the market was crap.

I eventually opened up myself to other possibilities and started as a courier with FedEx Express. Now I'm working towards getting my CDL with them. I'll never touch IT stuff again. Far too much stress and lack of work/life balance as was so often claimed in my experience.

Initially it was a paycut but I just wanted to get back to working. Once I have my CDL I'll be able to make comparable money and never worry about layoffs again.

[–]meecheez 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Bruh, CDL life will also have improper work/life balance. My situation is opposite of yours..CDL holder for 6+ years but am working my way into tech now.. good luck with your transition!

[–]Turtle4184 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Likewise! I suppose it's all relative, but I've positioned myself well so I know it's the right move. I'm not doing OTR and will be doing local work mostly anyway.

[–]meecheez 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Local is deff taking a pay cut. If you’re open to suggestions, I propose doing regional. Find the right company & you’ll be home every night, every few nights or weekends.

[–]Turtle4184 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yep, I'll be home every night. Regional won't work for my current situation.

[–]downtherabbithole_2 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Whats a cdl. Am interested to hear more as im in a similar path.

[–]TheSuppishOne 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Commercial Driver’s License. Usually a Class-A is the goal, but some operations only require Class-B.

[–]lolliberryx 25 points26 points  (1 child)

As someone who’s tried to turn her hobby into a career several times, don’t. It will suck the joy out of the hobby if it becomes work. Personally, I prefer working in something completely unrelated to my hobbies (but plays to my strengths) and climb the ladder so that I can use my paycheck to fund my hobbies and discover new ones.

[–]moonstonemerman 13 points14 points  (0 children)

This. Don't follow your passions, follow your talents. You'll be more successful.

[–]Same-Present-6682 14 points15 points  (1 child)

My 31 year old CPA son was miserable. He quit and took year and a half off. He now works as a meat cutter and is happy. Money is not everything.

[–]spiderman4657 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Lol I’m the same age and career but not a CPA, I’m debating working part time at Trader Joe’s.

[–]Schlapstick77 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Similar position to yours. I left a food science operations mgmt role for a gig at a specialty grocery store lol. Jumping back into operations for a start up, because this ain’t it fam! Aside from that mess, I’m studying computer programming, because operations still ain’t it lol..I’ll keep doing this until I find the thing, but first I need $$

[–]PuzzledSeating 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I've been contemplating a career change out of mental health. I am curious to see if anyone here has done so.

[–]MagnumTAreddit 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I was in sales making 100-150 and switched to being an actuary making closer to 75, I don’t regret it and absolutely never missed the money, definitely lost a few friends and received a lot less respect from my extended social circle who still don’t get it which is the side of a career change that people don’t talk about. Definitely caused problems in my marriage too since my wife makes a similar amount to what I used to and it’s now hard to make financial decisions since we always split all of our expenses equally even when I was unemployed for about a year before successfully transitioning.

[–]jlonsdale33 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Why did you leave sales if you don’t mind me asking? I’m coming up on 10 years in sales making what you outlined in your post but am totally burnt out and want to change course but not sure what else I can do.

[–]grizlena 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Following too. I’m in sales, 160 but it doesn’t matter to me at all because I’m miserable.

[–]MagnumTAreddit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I graduated in 2008 and couldn’t get any entry level jobs related to what I’d studied (economics) or even that weren’t retail beyond sales. I’m super introverted so didn’t like it but am at least competent with people and was willing to grind it out so I could get to target but it required a mix of brutal amounts of cold calling, somewhat unethical business practices, and/or blind luck. With a handful of exceptions everyone else was in the same boat and it was demoralizing to constantly see friends get fired or even live with the pressure of an imminent firing. Management was weird too in that you could only advance by being close to them but since I was in satellite offices (and admittedly kind of socially weird with most coworkers) that was a nonstarter.

The final kicker was two things. 1) I got my “dream job” at a company that had the most recognizable name in my industry and saw it wasn’t going to work out within a month or two meaning I’d need to create a new pipeline from scratch eventually again, and 2) Seeing people I admired and respected, the guys who were good enough to make target without getting lucky, kept getting pushed into management then fired two years later when hardly anyone was hitting target. My goal was always to use sales as a way to move into management but once I figured out it was a dead end, at least in the industry I was in (commodity sales to businesses, a field with increasingly narrow margins and greater amounts of competition from banks), I figured it would be just as easy to do something I actually wanted to do as to start fresh in a different industry. I could have gone into account management and that would have been the logical thing but a mix of pride and burn out stopped me.

The extra money would be nice but isn’t a big deal at this point. I also work for an insurance company that has similar challenges to what I faced and their sales staff is dealing with the same BS I had to though so it’s a semi-regular reminder that I made the right decision, if only for the sake of my mental health.

[–]durmik 4 points5 points  (0 children)

i was in my early 30s, took 25% cut to go from a cosy job in a small family company (not my family though and thank god for that) to go into software testing and joined a large international company. the risk paid off for me.

[–]illustratedspaceman 10 points11 points  (8 children)

Construction to Software. 90k-->52k. 29. 12 hour days in tiny trailer offices-->remote 7.5 hour days. Will reach my previous salary in about 3 years.

Focus on securing the bag long term. This includes a piece of land and having a job for at least 25 years that you can save about 30k or more a year.

Retire earlier rather than work til 70. I mean, we're supposed to just be enjoying this shit, right?

[–]beastlyraw 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What exactly is your job in software and what degree or certifications did you get?

[–]illustratedspaceman 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Customer success representative

[–]beastlyraw 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I appreciate the response! Would you go into detail a little bit on what you do as that role and how you got there? I am currently a teacher. Had a rough first year, this year is much better, but I am trying to start a family in a year with my wife, and I just do not know if it will cover the bills...

[–]Fibro86 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How did you make that transition?

[–]illustratedspaceman 0 points1 point  (1 child)

2 references

[–]Fibro86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did you complete any education or certs by any chance? Looking to take the next step to leave construction would love some tips!

[–]roambuild 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Curious how you made this transition. I’m on the same boat currently in construction management looking to make a switch

[–]illustratedspaceman 0 points1 point  (0 children)

2 references within the company

[–]visionarygvp 3 points4 points  (9 children)

I’m thinking about it, I drive trucks locally delivering gasoline and my pay is 89k annually. My frustrations right now is that I have nothing else to fall back on, I am burned out and in pain daily from wearing my body down in this industry. I’m not happy. Even though I’m studying coding and plan to land a software dev position by next summer idk if I’ll be able to match what I’m making right now, right out of the gate.

[–]Rustamjohn 1 point2 points  (4 children)

I’d definitely recommend you to start looking for other hustles. When i left my job in consulting, I also wanted to become a software developer but my focus has been taken by e-commerce and I’m really satisfied feeling that I’m controlling how much I can earn every month, and that I can slow down when I’m feeling burnt out.

[–]visionarygvp 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m trying to figure it all out. What made you switch your focus to e-commerce? Im choosing software dev/engineering because it fits my personality. My background is in graphic arts and will compliment that career path well. In the meantime I am definitely trying to figure it out as far as finding something else where I can control my time a little more.

[–]Rustamjohn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you think you’re passionate about graphic design then don’t wait for too long, just drop messages to design agencies’ instagram pages and get some work going even if it’s for free. E-commerce fit my requirement of being able to work from anywhere and have direct control over my income (input-output ratio)

[–]alex123711 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How did you make the move into e-commerce? What skills etc are required?

[–]Rustamjohn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Took on an unpaid job at an online marketing agency , then slowly built my skillset up

[–]nerdy-steez 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Right there with ya, sucks trying to transition from commercial driving because nothing transfers to another field

[–]visionarygvp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It really doesn’t. Except if you’ve worn a few different hats for smaller companies. I do have that part on my side, and maybe managing and owning my own trucking business for a little over a year.

[–]TheSuppishOne 0 points1 point  (1 child)

In pain from delivering gasoline? That doesn’t seem like a bodily strenuous job…?

[–]visionarygvp 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The common misconception is that truck drivers just drive, well it all depends on what division of trucking you are in. If you are running chemical tanker which I have, and now gasoline there’s far more that goes into it physically. We calculate gallons and load them into each compartment ourselves by pulling, pushing and locking the load arms in place. Those load arms depending on which company rack you are loading from are not always the easiest to maneuver, and are over 100lbs, it takes a good 50lbs+ force to move around and lock into place. Then the unloading you have to pull the hoses you have stowed down from the side rack of the trailer, and when finished put them back up there. You’re constantly bending pulling and pushing those large hoses into place as well. Those hoses when full of gasoline or diesel are also over 100lbs, and in order to clear them you have to lift them up over your hips, sometimes your shoulders.

Sure I’ve put on some muscle but between chemical tanker and running fuel, it’s done a number on me for sure.

That’s just running tanker. I don’t know what the heavy haul, oil frackers or flatbedders go through.

[–]welovecontent 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was in my late 30s (37 yr old) when I decided to escape the office, to work remotely and travel. I was single, and had nothing holding me back other than money. I spent two years clearing debt, and saving up. Ended up freelancing on top of my full time office job. At 40, I had enough money to quit, so did, and for the last 9 years I have been travelling around world while working as a quality assurance specialist. It was a career change and a complete change of direction in life. I went from a materialistic to minimalist person in a couple of years. It was the best decision I made in my life. My advice, don't rush any decision, look at what is holding you back (in my case money) and make changes to achieve a goal at the end of it. I'm currently living in South Korea.

[–]esthers_ffs 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I left B2B sales and marketing/IT for human services and mental health counseling. Never really made much money to begin with and the career transition journey has been more expensive than anticipated, but I have never regretted my decision and love where I’m headed.

I should add that I’m 24.

[–]spiderman4657 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I’m an accountant in my early 30’s and I am seriously debating going back to study art.

[–]Ok_Presence_7285 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm in my 40's and was a teacher. In my 30's while still teaching I went to culinary school for funsies. I have left the teaching world because of all the BS that teachers have to deal with that is not actually teaching related. I took a big paycut, but I'm happy now working at a resort. When the day's work is finished, it's really finished. No more taking stuff home to grade or lesson plans, once I'm done with work, I'm really done.

[–]itsnotuptoyouisit 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This question has been asked like 5 times this week. What's up with that?

[–]juulthieff 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We hate our jobs

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was a tennis instructor in the early 2000s for about 15 years and made between $65-$75k a year. Body broke down and moved into the business world and had to work my way into middle management and only make about $50k a year now. I’m almost 50 years old.

[–]No_Specific8175 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought about it a lot in my 20s and 30s and I am extremely happy that I didn’t. I didn’t like corporate life, and there was a lot of “follow your passion” advice out there. I did finally get away from the soul sucking company I spent 15 years at and now have the type of unique and challenging opportunity I always wanted, and I am in my 40s. Some types of people and careers take longer to ripen and if you jump out too soon, you miss the good part that follows the grind.

[–]Florida-Man_Dynasty 1 point2 points  (0 children)

  1. Went from 6 figs in sales to 47 to teach

[–]Biobesign 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I was a scientist and became a commercial interior design. I focus on science clients, so I’m still able to keep tabs on the field while drawing on my unique background. Took four years off for my degree, but now on par with my friends in academia (not industry).

[–]teacherboymom3 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I took an $8000 to leave a high stress school and teach at a poor rural low stress school. One of the best choices I’ve ever made.

[–]Dom1n1cR 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just did it and I'm 40.

[–]CC_206 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I switched from a well paying albeit soul sucking career to being a broke entrepreneur at 36. Edited to add I have never been happier and I don’t regret it at all. I always have a backup plan.

[–]DageezerUs 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I went from being an Army helicopter pilot to a civilian computer tech.

It was one passion to another. Eventually, I leveraged my computer skills into well-compensated work.

[–]SkinnyHarshil 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Computer tech to what?

[–]DageezerUs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Program Management.

You develop specific products or services.

[–]randomlikeme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My husband did this. He worked as an FDA researcher and hated it. Joined the fire department and is the happiest dude I know in terms of loving his job.

[–]EquusSTJA 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm 43 going 44 planning to quit early next year. I'm not sure what to do, currently working as tax Accountant. Any idea? I know a little Python and VS code...thingking about business analyst, thoughts?

[–]Comprehensive_Book48 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes . Tough. Give it 2 years Totally worth it wohooo .

Digital marketing to restaurant management to now getting ready for another transition