Is there anyone who can relate?
- 32 years old (33 in Feb)
- Never married, no children
- Consumer debt < 12K
- Graduated from high school in 1992
- Earned ~120 hours at a four year state school
- Didnâ€™t do so well â€“ GPA ~ 2.x â€“ academic suspension
- None of those hours add up to a degree because I kept changing my major
- The credits are all more than ten years old â€“ more than likely I will need to start from scratch
- Still owe 30K in student loans from that hiatus
- Was quickly lured away from college by a salary / career
- Worked many varied jobs since my college days â€“ some better than others
- No career / position has lasted more than three years â€“ this could be good or bad
While I have listed many challenges, there are many positive achievements and skills that I have not listed.
Overall, I have lived completely for the â€œexperienceâ€ of life with no regard for planning for my future. While itâ€™s true, I have done very well for someone with no college degree, I have not demonstrated a consistent devotion to one focused career goal. Each position I have held between the disastrous days of college and today has been less than three years in length.
I have been fortunate enough to experience aspects of life that many people never get the chance to experience. I will spare the details but suffice to say they range from shrimping to trucking to IT project management in India and Bulgaria. For those experiences I am grateful. I have experienced an amazingly colorful life. Now I am in the midst of serious self-evaluation. Itâ€™s time to consider my purpose and true source of fulfillment.
When I look back over the last ten years of my life I discover one common denominator that links every success I have attained - People feel comfortable discussing their issues with me. I seem to have a natural ability to listen and share with people about their concerns. I am at my best when Iâ€™m listening and helping others to analyze their concerns. I have good critical thinking skills and good analytical skills.
I have decided to leave a career in IT and return to school, full time, to study psychology. The goal is to become a psychologist or a psychiatrist. There are, and will be, many opportunities to overcome amazing challenges.
Has anyone ever begun his or her journey from a starting point similar to mine?
Wishing everyone the best,