Having bumped several glass ceilings in my early-30s, I made it to VP in the energy-tech industry before 40. In my second VP position, I worked remotely after having a brain tumor removed which left my speech fluency impaired. My son was 6 then. My company merged. I was pushed out and landed at a nonprofit trade association, cutting my salary by 65%. After almost 3 years, burned out from a 2-hour commute, never having taken a break to recover and the stress of increasingly having to testify and make public speeches, I took a pivot and threw myself into my hobby, renovating houses.
In the interim, my fluency and my purpose recovered. I went back for a second masters at my local university (UNC-W) to augment my skills and to close a four-year "gap." I graduated with a 4.0 in December 2016 - now I am over 50. My son graduated from high school. I got certified for (data) privacy in July 2017 thinking that would score me some interviews. One. Attempting to increase my exposure, I've volunteered in a global tech initiative (IEEE) for more than a year and to organize my first master's class reunion (UChicago) May 2018. Last week, I finished a 5-month data science course in which I learned coding, text mining and data visualization in R.
The more skilled I become, the more frustrated with the job search I get - 22 months! I will relocate to anywhere. Am I on a race to nowhere?