So, where do I go from here?
July 9, 2008 10:56 AM Subscribe
CareerChangeFilter: 30 yo software developer seeks a more meaningful career path.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (15 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Here's my deal.
I am a 30 yo male, working for a software development company in the SF Bay Area for about 5 years. I have a very cushy, stable job with good pay, great benefits and a very relaxed work environment. I am very lucky.
However, I often find myself extremely bored at work. I rarely get to interact with people. I feel like sitting in a cube, staring at a computer screen all day is sucking my soul, and that my job is pretty much meaningless in the grand scheme of life. Imagining myself in 10 years, sitting in a cube, talking to no one, staring at a computer screen fills me with dread.
I long to have a job where I can be of service to others, where I feel like I am actually helping people and making even a small difference in someone else's life. I consider myself an intelligent and compassionate individual and I feel that the majority of my interpersonal abilities are being wasted. Also, I envision that I will be moving away from CA sometime in the next 5 years, likely to a place where my skills in software development will not be as viable.
Basically, I am looking for ideas about potential career paths to consider. I'm willing to go back to school, but I'd like to be able to continue working, and I'm really not interested in programs that are more than 2 years or require additional undergraduate studies.
Right now I am considering a degree in nursing, b/c with my previous (liberal arts) Bachelor's degree there are accelerated programs I can complete in 12 months. My other recent thoughts have included pursuing careers in music therapy, music education or veterinary work.
So hive mind, please share your thoughts. Posting anonymously b/c my username provides an easy ID to anyone I work with.