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Old 03-09-2017, 09:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Arrow Taking a life changing plungeÖ Career change at 36

This is probably far to long for most to read, and that is okay. I just wanted to share with those of you who may care, and also to just get this out of my head!

My ability to use my professional license, Marriage and Family Therapist, in the State of Michigan is stifled by really poor legislation. Thus, Iíve been working in a capacity that brings me further and further away from therapy, and a job that is bringing me more and more burnout every day. I continue in this position because it leads to the highest pay I can get with my license in this state without becoming a private pay therapist. Which is a really hard business to start for many reasons, is a long road to profitability, and succumbs easily to changes to the economics of the time. This is simply not something my family can manage financially.
Iíve tried to work with my governing association on insurance paneling, legislative lobbying, and so forth; however, the fact appears to be that we simply lack the political and monetary clout in Michigan to have a timely and positive impact that open more doors for me. So to prevent me from losing my damn mind a change in in order.
Iíve spent some time in the past exploring a career in tech. Specifically, computer programming or system administration as Iíve always had an affinity toward computers and tech in general. Iíve even taken a few classes in recent years. However, the prospect of going back to school part-time for another degree when my college debt is already enormous just seemed too much to deal with. Well, a company out of Detroit, Grand Circus, recently expanded to Grand Rapids who offered coding bootcamps. I did some research on this industry, I attended an information session, I engaged in one-on-one conversation, and weighed the pros and cons of doing thisÖ and I did it. I enrolled in a part-time bootcamp to learn coding and be work-ready at the end of 14 weeks! Three nights a week, and all day Saturday for 13 weeks, and then the 14th week is Monday through Friday 9-5!
Classes have already started as of Tuesday! Iím excited, and a little frightened to leave a career is spent so much time, energy, and money on; however, the job prospects are much more fast, and the income ceiling much MUCH higher! The journey has begun! So, if you havenít seen me recently, it has been due to my work has been very busy, and my free time filling up with research and exploration of change. Going forward, Iíll likely be fairly absent for a time too (understandably!).
Mostly, Iím excited at what the future will hold! Perhaps this will lead to one of those grails Iíve been dreaming about!

Ö Oh, and if you are in Grand Rapids and in the coding industry (.NET/C# specific) and can help with networking Iíd love to hear from you!

Cheers!
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Persactically why I used my locomotive engineers license for 40 years.
When's the last time you heard of Big Government meddling with train
drivers licensing? Oh they'd love to get involved but there ain't any cash
in it for em.

I used to think Govt could do no wrong. But I had a come to Jesus moment
on that issue. But the FRA does get snooty once n awhile.(Fed RR Admin)

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All the best to you Funk. My money says you will be very successful at whatever you choose. Take care my friend.

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Good on you! My best wishes to you as you step out in this endevour. I, Like Brian, (Zed073) highly suspect you will do extremely well. I admire you courage & determination. Do check in here once in a while if able, just to see what nonsense we are up to. Cheers to you & your family. Hard work pays off.
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Good luck to you Funk...
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Congrats on your new direction Funk. Best Wishes to you


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Well Michigan neighbor, career change is never easy. I sort of did it in my mid 40's. I stayed in the same business overall but spent 6 years in school ultimately culminating in obtaining my MBA. I was previously in design, and engineering, but back in 2009 it seemed all of those jobs were going to go to India or China.

While that never came to fruition in terms of the foreign takeover, my move to the business side of things makes me much more portable. It's doable, and if successful, highly rewarding. Best of luck. It seems you are enthused and that is 90% of getting there.
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Jeff, I wish you all the best on the new road you are about to travel! I admire your courageous step that will make you happier in life and your career more rewarding. Rock 'n' Roll! My adventurous days are over (cough, wheeze, where are my cane and hearing aid? ). So no more changes for me.
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Thanks everyone! The support is much appreciated! I got to do my first bit of coding and problem solving last night, and it was glorious! Exciting to be doing something different and more mentally stimulating!
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You made a bold move, and as they say, fortune favors the bold. All the best to you.
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Hey bro, I'm retired now but I also made a career change, in fact two. It's a long story. I was 34 with a family. I am still a L.P.C (License Professional Counselor) by vocation; but I started to drive a city bus for the money and insurance. So I understand the change and I commend you...I just wanted to encourage you and just share a thought with you. I contracted, using my license, with different agencies and made enough to pay my monthly student loan. I'm just saying lol

Enjoy the Journey and the best to you
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Good luck to you. I hope things work out for the new career. It is scary and exciting. Big changes often lead to great personal satisfaction and growth. I hope that this is how things work out for you. These are strange times. Careers that people are trained for are not always the ones they end up doing. However, that is not always a bad thing. The most important thing is that you are able to make a living, support your family and can live with yourself at the end of the day. There are many people that are miserable with their career choices. I think that is the worst possible outcome. I'd rather have a simpler life style and be able to wake up each morning happy with my life. Again, good luck.
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Just throwing a quick update out there.

This has been a very hectic and tiring several weeks, and several more to go! I've learned a ton, and still a ton * a ton left to go! The relationship with the lady has taken a bit of a hit, and yet we'll get through. It's been hard on both of us. She got to take the kids to Florida for spring break, bear all burden, while I sat at home coding for a week. It sucked for both of us.
However, I remain steadfast and excited for the opportunity this will bring me.
I have no new watch news. Still rocking my Sumo pretty often. Love that thing!

... I also see I've missed some fireworks around here! ... not so upset I missed those!

I hope all are well, your wrists are gleaning with fantastic watch bling, and your life is full!

... back to the work I do not enjoy... ugh!

... WAIT! so, I think this watch, due to it's technology, has really caught my fancy! Perhaps I'll own one some day and sit next to giant magnets for fun!

*taken from ablogtowatch.com, not my own photo... I wish!
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Funk..

Glad to hear you're persevering in your endeavor.

I've been in the IT industry for over
twenty years now and once you find your niche, and hone your expertise
you'll be so glad you made the switch.

All the best & Keep us posted!

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Whoa, somehow missed this Funk !

Have to say it's beyond cool what you are doing there though, and that your family I'm sure understands.
I bet they are all excited by what you are doing. ..Keep up the great job, and thanks a lot for the story, and also
updates. Continued good luck to you !!!
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Good for you Funk,

I also work in IT and can categorically say it is a very rewarding career.

Everyday is a school day as Technology never sleeps

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Congrats on the career change.
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BIG Grats on having the stones to switch gears and do something that you want to do!!




I'm also in IT, and living is Austin TX affords me many opportunities to specialize in IT. One of the better paying jobs right now and in the future is a Linux Systems Engineer. That's a job that you work towards over a few years. The first step is to become a Linux Systems Administrator which is surprisingly easy to get into. With a LPIC1/Linux+ certification you can get interviews for sys. admin jobs that pay in the $50k-$65k range. Not too shabby for a $400 certification. You'll need to be able to impress at the interview though. With 3-5 years as a sys admin, you can study for the more advanced certs (RHCE) and start looking at jobs in the $90k and up range. Coding becomes a big part of these types of jobs as scripting and automation is crucial to most environments.

If you're looking to go straight-up software development, its a longer road to the higher paying jobs, but probably more rewarding if authoring software is really your passion.
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