Potential Paths for a 30 Year-Old Career Changer
March 21, 2014 5:16 AM Subscribe
I'm a 30 year old with a BA in psychology working at a bank and hoping to find a new career. I'm trying to find a career path that will give me a decent living without being a workaholic. I am willing to go back to school, but hopefully not for more than 2 or so years. I am willing to take on some debt, but not a ton.
I am considering
1. Human Resources
3. IT / Something with computers
4. Any other good suggestions.
Are any of these a good change for someone my age? I don't want to go back to school only to find out that the field is bad for non 20-somethings. How are prospects for entry-level workers? (I have looked at "official" projections, but would welcome any insider knowledge). Is there anything else that I should consider?
posted by aka_anon to Work & Money (17 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I graduated with a BA in psychology almost 8 years ago and took a job with the bank I had been working at during school breaks. I had no intention of staying in banking, but I am still there mostly due to a lack of direction. My current position is a pseudo-administrative assistant, but I have been a teller, a personal banker, and an investments assistant. My current position is pretty much a dead end, and I make about 30,000 per year. There is little opportunity to move up at my company since it is so small, and pay is on the low side for its field.
I have no grand passions to pursue - in fact it is just the opposite. Many things interest me, but nothing really calls to me. I have spent far too long trying to figure out what I should do, and I am ready to just pick something and go for it.
As for the fields I am considering:
1. Human Resources - I would probably try to get into a position as an HR assistant and work my way up. I could take a few classes, but probably would not try to pursue another degree.
2. Accounting - I would start by taking classes this summer and eventually get a Masters Degree in Accounting. There are some programs that cater to non-majors. I figure that it would take me about 2 years and cost, at minimum, $40,000.
3. IT/Computers - I am not certain how I would approach this one. I could go back to school for a degree, or I could just take classes to learn how perform certain tasks.
4. Any and all suggestions welcome