I’m going to withhold some details out of personal privacy, but also because I’m generally looking for more generic advice than particular and nuanced answers to my personal situation.
Basically, I’ve been out of school with a B.A. for the better part of a decade working exclusively for nonprofits, but doing vastly different jobs that don’t quite coalesce into a particular “career path.” I basically had a realization the other day that I’m tired of being broke and tired of working for nonprofits that, in spite of their noble purposes, are as internally dysfunctional as traditional for-profit businesses. In other words, if I’m still going to have to put up with the same amount of bullshit as everyone else, I want a 401k with matching and paid vacation instead of a 403b with no matching and comp time.
I’m also kind of wanting a completely fresh start, or at least wanting to reasonably pull a career 180 - I’m sick of the particular type of work that most of my experience happens to be from.
So, let’s say you have a B.A. and a bunch of random and unfocused - but still solid and reasonably marketable - experience, and want a new beginning. What do you do? Is it doable without going back to school? How do you jump into a different field or industry without looking at entry level positions aimed at kids right out of college? I need to do this NOW before it’s too late and I suddenly have 20 years of experience doing the opposite of what I want to be doing.