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Career Change??

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I don't Blog very often - I've never been one to keep a journal or a diary even though I've tried and I know that there are some really good psychological benefits to them. I prefer the interactive communication styles like talking face to face, even email or IM or Message Boards - where I get some feedback versus just jotting things down in a "journal" where people may or may not see it.... but that tends to leave a lot of things unsaid, a lot of thoughts just in my head where they float around for sometimes years, until suddenly the thoughts develop a life of their own and come pouring out. You are now going to see some of that!

OK, so I work in IT and I make pretty good money at it. I don't hate it but I also don't love it. I don't jump out of bed looking forward to facing the challenges of a new day. Maybe in the beginning I did but no longer I'm sad to say. In January of this year I finally went to see a Physchologist because I was feeling rather dissastisfied with life and a bit on the depressed side. I've been despressed before, when I first had my daughter. I was on antidepressants and seeing a LISW who really helped me out. I know that talk therapy is a wonderful way to help people approach the difficulties they have in life which is why I went to the psychologist in
January thru March. I even posted about one of the books he had me reading but I never did update anyone any further on how all of that went. He wanted me to start really thinking about where I saw myself in 5 years, to write that Christmas Letter of te future updating everyone on my life.... Unfortunately, I ran out of money to pay him so I had to stop going.

But I also think that I was afraid to face the realities of what I want out of life. Figuring that out is scary because what happens if you can never figure it out? What if you think you figured it out and you were wrong? But if you're right, once you figure it out what do you do? What if fail? ARGGHHH - LOL. So I stopped.

And the thoughts floated around my head and they'd come to the forefront every now and then and I'd notice them and tuck them away where no one would get hurt, especially me :) From time to time for the last year I'd take a few minutes and google some information but nothing would really click... However, lately, these thoughts haven't been able to be tucked away much longer. All I know is that I have this overwhelming sense that I need to be doing something different.

Then yesterday, on an impulse, I did a google search and suddenly this job came up that I thought sounded perfect... a Nutritionist/Registered Dietician, for a health club, that would work with clients, conduct seminars, and the kicker is that if you are a Personal Trainer mores the better! What a great combination I thought to myself.

This thought was really perculating in my head all the rest of yesterday. So today I googled again. In the past I had had a hard time finding the information I wanted or needed about what good schools, what programs, etc. were offered to get a degree in Nutrition and become a Registered Dietician. But as luck would have it when I googled Ohio State University and Degree in Nutrition I hit it on the first try. I read the information and said bingo! I'm not ready to go to school just yet, I have some unfinished financial issues lingering from my marriage & subsequent divorce, that will take me through the end of this year. And I will need to save my money so I can afford the internship as I'm sure that doesn't pay much. It doesn't pay as well as what I do but it's not about the money anymore. It really isn't!

So am I crazy? How many possible degrees can one person get? I have a BA in Theater & Dance, BS in CIS, a Masters in Information Systems Management and now I want to do it all over again on a a totally different path?

Can I really survive the paycut? Can I balance my current work, home, fitness and go to school? Can I handle the paycut without losing my house?

See - I can drive myself insane can't I? I have only Sparkpeople to thank for having started me on this path...LOL ok, really, I have myself to thank since I put myself on the path in the first place, but without Sparkpeople I never would have been able to stay on this path at all. I know that my passions lie elsewhere - they are no longer here in the IT world...

What do you all think?
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  • ASPEN1
    Kris - this is awesome! I say go for it. I know you have it in you to do this and I know you'd be great at it. It sounds like you have thought it through really well too. I'll support you 110% and cheer you on! Go Kris, Go Kris!!! emoticon
    4136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/25/2009 8:58:06 PM
    Hi, I came across your blog and wanted to add my two cents.

    From people I've talked to Ohio State is a GREAT school for nutrition. I'm going to San Jose State - one more year til I finish my BS in nutrition/dietetics, then it's off to the internship. I LOVE my program, though there are some of the hardest craziest biochem and physio classes ever. Something to think about is that the internships are often unpaid and if you do it through a university, you even have to pay tuition. It's 8-12 months full time depending on where you do it.

    The other thing to consider is that the interships/whole RD program prep you to work in clinical care. I personally have no interest in clinical care (I'd much rather do community or holistic health nutrition), but in doing research job opportunities are seriously limited and you don't get the same respect in the field without an RD.

    My last and final comment is that there are TONS of people in my classes who are on their second and third career changes so, you can do it too! =)
    4137 days ago
  • 1972ROSES
    Well, it looks like you can start thinking about your Blog as more of a written conversation because you are getting responses!

    I know how you feel. It seems like I'm never the one to take a step until I've been pushed. Let me live vicariously through you! So what if it doesn't go well? You have lots of degrees to fall back on and we'll admire you for taking the leap.

    As Jack Lemon said in Grumpy Old Men, "The only things you regret in life are the chances you never took."

    4137 days ago
    My husband is in IT and was feeling exactly the same. He lost his job in November and now is stuck because he was not enjoying IT anymore, competition in that field is big with the economy in the state it's in, and yet we need the income to pay the bills. I say as soon as you are able....make the change. Life is too short to stay in a career you don't love.
    4137 days ago
    I'm definitely considering taking the same career step when I return to school after my DH finishes his Doctorate. I WAS going for a degree in music (I play trombone and would be interested in being a HS band director) but......... I dunno. This seems to be my new passion. :)
    4138 days ago
  • BRUIN2
    You can never learn enough! I'm excited for you and what journeys are to come!
    4138 days ago
    I am in IT. I considering getting a teaching degree, but as the primary wage earner for the family we couldn't take the hit for me to go back to school and the accompanying pay cut once I finished.

    I took stock and considered what I did and didn't like about my IT role. I changed jobs, still within IT, and am much happier with my career.

    Think it through. In my case, I couldn't get the numbers to work for a career change, especially in my mid forties at the time.
    4138 days ago

    A change like this is a hard decision. I was working in manufacturing when I hurt myself. During my recovery time I thought that I needed to find a back up plan in case my back never recovered. I started taking some office classes while still off. When I went back there was an office job that opened up. I was excited, but the $8 per-hour pay cut almost ruined it. After some long hard thinking we decided to take the job since I wouldn't have to leave the company and keep my benefits. After being in that job for a while I wanted more. I couldn't stand just getting by doing what I was doing. I decided to go back to school and get my engineering degree. After several years of working full time, school, family and home I graduated and got an engineering job.

    If I had never taken a step back I may have never moved forward.

    Best of luck trying to figure out what you want to do with your life.
    4138 days ago
    Funny you should mention this Kris...just last week I came to the same conclusion and did the same footwork but found the only suitable program to become a RD in Los Angeles is not taking application until Fall of 2010!!! After further research, I found and applied to Bauman College and will be getting certified as a Nutrition Educator and then a Nutrition Consultant!!! This school is exactly what I was looking for because it takes a holistic approach to nutrition!!! I will be using this in conjunction with my Masters in Clinical Psychology!!! Best of luck with you journey!!! Keep me posted!!! Jackie!!!
    4138 days ago
    i say go for it . you will be much happier doing something good. maybe you can work part time hours at old job for awhile. i hope this works out for you. life is full of possibilities and you should broaden your horizons. emoticon emoticon
    4138 days ago
    I'd say go for it as well but please take the time to have a BACK-UP plan if it fails.

    I, too, was in IT when I left my "mouse for a 9mm". In other words, I left my IT job for a career in law enforcement.

    I went through the education in criminal justice (already have a B.A. with M.S.Ed work not to mention the multiple certifications in IT), volunteered with local police departments, interned (yes! interned!), whipped my arse into shape to physically compete against the younger ones, applied to the best of the best law enforcement agencies, went through their intense (intense) mental, physical and psychological examinations, interviewed until I turned blue, and finally after 2 years accepted the position. I was shipped off to attend 6 months training away from my family...

    Then it happened...

    With 4 weeks left to graduation, I got injured. Sprained ankle, broken rib, and a torn rotator cuff muscle all which left me unable to complete my training. I'm still in physical therapy 9 months after I left...

    Do I think you are going to tear a rotator cuff muscle while crunching numbers? No...but the moral of my story is please have a back-up plan in case something doesn't work out. Who knows, maybe you won't like the job? Maybe something will get in your way? I certainly didn't plan for what has happened to me.

    Maybe you could job shadow a Nutritionist/Registered Dietician before you even start taking courses and see if you could job shadow several dieticians to get a rounded view???

    Now I am trying to get back into what I know best - IT - let me also just say - this isn't the best of times to be looking for a job for any field...

    4138 days ago
  • TAMTAM64
    As a Registered Dietitian (RD) I can tell you first handed that I love what I do. There are many opportunities for Registered Dietitians - I work in the renal field. As of now I am the only Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition in Louisiana. But you can work in the Health/Wellness field, Cardio field, GI field, Onocolgy field, and the list goes on and on. One of the cons of being a RD is that insurance companies have been very slow in covering our services - we are all about preventive care & have the potential to save lots of money in healthcare. I am very fortunate to work for a great group of doctors that believe in preventive care - insurance companies be damn... :)

    I will also tell you that my husband left a very well paying job when he was 33 & went back to college to become a school teacher because he was unhappy & loved to teach. It was the best decision we ever made together. But at that time it was hard & I had to work 5 different jobs to cover our expenses at the time. But what a difference it made in our lives. Because he was so happy, I was happy , and the happiness just made the difference! :)

    There is no reason to work in a field that is not making you happy or allowing to follow your passion. It's doesn't matter how many degrees you have - if it is something you want to do - GO FOR IT!!

    4138 days ago
    Kris---I say go for it...if you don't you will be disappointed...keep us updated on your new journey!!
    4138 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4182099
    Go for it. One of my daughter's friends aged 15 was aiming to be a lawyer. She has now decided to be a nutritionist. It sounds like a great career. I wish I'd thought of it.
    4138 days ago
    I have had the same thoughts myself...nutrition and fitness are my obsessions...I would love to go through the degree JUST for the info, never mind a career change, haha. I'm not nearly brave enough to actually switch from a career I'm fairly happy with to do something I know I'd positively love. Also as much as I love learning about diet and exercise info for myself, I'm not sure if I'd be any good at helping apply the info for other people, or whether anyone would want to listen to me since I'm not in the greatest shape myself. This is one of those BIG decisions where you probably need some time to think it over. Blogging is a great way to sort through the pros and cons and even get some feedback. Keep talking to us...and let us know what you decide!!
    4138 days ago
    go for it - you can do it - keep us posted! Debra
    4138 days ago
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