I have been thinking about a career switch, but I'm feeling overwhelmed by the possible choices. I'm increasingly interested in some kind of tech field. But god... so many different ways to go there. Programming? Web development? Database administration? Heck, what about blogging? Or this fancy data science thing that everyone's talking about?
I am currently employed as a bookkeeper for nonprofits mainly, with some small business experience. The nonprofit part means that I also do a lot of admin support and basic tech support as well (have you ever worked for a nonprofit? Sing the capacity song with me!).
My degree is in liberal arts. I'm not passionate about bookkeeping but it pays the bills. What I do enjoy is problem solving and using data to inform decisions.
Given my experience and age, where should I focus my interest? I would like to find:
- Something that I can learn at home, for the most part, although I'd be willing to pay for certification if it seems like it would pay off
- Something I can pick up (credibly) in six months to two years
- Something that might mesh well with my experience in admin and accounting(not completely necessary but I'm trying to be practical here)
- Something that's needed by the kind of folks I like to work for: small businesses, small to medium nonprofits, and do-gooders. I don't want to collect or analyze data for the marketing department of a big corporation
- Something that I can do independently or with others
- Something that will keep me employed (and interested), with a bump up in pay from what I am doing now
I am not interested in management.
Assume that I am tech savvy, a quick learner, with an hour a night on average available to study.
Thank you, you're the best!