Is your career based upon your schooling?

United States
December 11, 2008 12:47pm CST
I often wonder, especially in today's uncertain employment scene, how many people are actually working in the field that they went to college or other schooling for. I have been in my career field for 27 years, and would probably have a tough time adapting to another career at this point in my life. I would if I had to, but it would be a drastic change. Anyone else had this experience?
2 responses
@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
11 Dec 08
My Parents somewhat directed me into the career that I got educated for. I always had a creative side and when I was young, I was much more interested in exploring that avenue. I took their advice and became somewhat successful in my field, but I was miserable. A year and a half ago, I hit the wall and decided to retire early and to chase my writing dream and to work part time in a completely unrelated field. The money? Quite honestly nowhere close to what I was used to making but I am happy and fulfilled. I think that we get so comfortable with what we do and with the money that we make that we are oftentimes afraid to pursue our passions.
• United States
11 Dec 08
Good for you! I agree that we get caught up in life. Sometimes complacentcy can be as bad as fear. Money does tend to rule our lives, where we live and what we do.
@mindym (979)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Not exactly, but close. My undergrad degree is in Child Psych. and I work in a preschool with children. However, when I get my Master's, it will be in Social Work and I hope to continue to work with children, but in a different setting.