Comparing choices is so easy when you have the benefit of hindsight. Unfortunately when you are just leaving school to embark upon a career, you normally have at best, only limited exposure to any one particular job type and even then you will not know the intricate details of what the job entails.

For me I left school and got a degree in Information Technology (IT) – E.G. computer stuff. I chose IT because it was something that I was moderately interested in and that I was fairly good at. The choice of getting into this industry was probably a good one as it has paid reasonably well and I wouldn’t have met my wife or had my son if I went in a different direction.

The biggest problem that I face now is that I am not as interested in this type of work as I used to be. Since starting this blog I have come to realise that my passion lies in financials, and particularly in helping others with their financial goals for the future (also known as financial planning). So a move to something you are interested in is the obvious choice, but it comes with a whole set of new problems.

  1. To practice financial planning in Australia you have to be certified.
  2. To get certified you have to get a degree in business / finance.
  3. I’m not certain on this one, but someone told me you also need to do your Chartered Accountancy.
  4. I would take me 5 years before I could start in this new career, and by then I would be in my mid 30’s.
  5. If I could convince someone to hire someone with no experience at such an old age, the pay would likely be half what I am on now and so we would have to live on a fraction of what we do now.
  6. Studying for the next 5 years would be a huge undertaking with a new baby son as well as running multiple websites plus going to my normal 9 to 5 job.

For these reasons I just can’t see any change in career ever taking place. It feels like my fate as an IT person is sealed in a way. Don’t get me wrong, I still find some aspects of IT work interesting, but it certainly doesn’t interest me like it used to.

 

Question

What do you guys think? Are you in a similar position or do you all love what you do?