D H. on March 1, 2020
I have been through all the steps in deciding a career change (reference career change videos), mostly because I no longer find my current profession in IT rewarding. As a result I spent the last 16 months earning a teaching certificate in the field of computer science (I am well aware of the challenges teachers are met with.) High schools are now reaching out to me but I am struggling with pulling the trigger on leaving what I have known for the past 30 years, really good pay, yet no longer rewarding for the unknown which includes a really big pay cut. I have done the financial analysis and concluded I can swing it but I am having issue with finding it a valid analysis due to being in the vulnerable position of having a chronic and incurable cancer and all the unknowns that lie ahead (like will the new health insurance cover the cost of a $4,000/month off-label drug I am currently taking.) On one hand I am excited about moving into a career that I anticipate will be rewarding and provide more time off but on the other I am really struggling to give up the financial security that I feel is important due to my current health and the unpredictable future of healthcare in this country. I would love to receive advice from a career coach or hear from others who have been in a similar situation and if they found their career change was well worth it and how they managed to take that big leap of faith. To put it bluntly, do I invest further into an unsatisfying career with financial security until I am no longer healthy enough to work, or do I take the risk of giving up financial security in exchange for what I would hope is a better quality of life while I am still relatively healthy.