I could use some career advice/guidance. First and foremost, I understand that now is not the opportune time for a career change, but it’s something I have been contemplating for a while and I feel like I am ready to make a move soon.
I’ve been working in IT for almost 10 years, primarily as a software developer. The pay is great, but I absolutely HATE it. I hated it just a few months out of college, but I have tried to stick with it. I have had three jobs, and I have hated them all. I spent 3 years in consulting, and the last 7 years I have spent in government. It seems like everyone is encouraging people to get into IT, but I want to get out of i! The 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, sit at a desk all day and stare at a computer screen life is just NOT for me. My skills are also way outdated and I have no desire to get updated certifications, learn new programming languages, etc. I just have little to no interest in this career path. I know I made a mistake.
I want to get into healthcare. It has been my lifelong dream to become a doctor, but I can’t imagine taking on that much student loan debt and trying to live off loans right now. I’m a single 30-year-old woman, I own my own home, and I don’t have (or want) any children... although I do have five cats. I’ve become accustomed to living off a decent salary, but I am willing and able to adjust accordingly to live off a more modest income - preferably in a career that I don’t hate.
Are there any entry-level medical or hospital jobs I can get into to get my foot in the door? (Other than housekeeping...) I intend to go back to school, but perhaps for a radiography, surgical technology, or even EMT/paramedic program. I don't particularly like the idea of being a receptionist, but it seems like everything else requires medical certifications that I don't have (yet.) I'd love to both work and go to school, but I can't seem to find a place that will give me a chance. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.