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    Embarking on a new career path at 25

    Whatsup guys,

    Does this section even get used?

    So over the past year I've found myself in a bit of a lull in regards to work. I work in digital marketing, currently freelance after leaving an agency but the works hard to scale and I've found myself enjoying it less as digital marketing changes and seems to become more and more about metrics and charts etc.

    I've recently been thinking about studying and moving to a new career entirely but at 25, it'll be a long road and low pay for the next few years.

    In the past couple of months I've been learning coding for websites which has been cool but I couldn't see myself doing full time, I also used to work in a school for a few years as an IT Technician and so I've been thinking of combining the two and getting a degree with the view of becoming an IT/Computing teacher.

    I've got the option of doing a short course in order to become a teaching assistant so I can get classroom experience and then I've looked at studying part time around work.

    I just wondered if any one has done something like this and generally peoples thoughts? I potentially wouldn't be qualified to teach until I was 30 and I'm wondering if that makes me nuts?

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    You're pretty much in the same boat as me bro. 25, qualified at certain things, doing well but no idea what to do with life!

    I'm not a fan of conventional forms of learning, after all I didn't learn much at school and all my profitable skills have been self taught. Nor am I a fan of tying myself up for years dedicating myself to a certain skill or qualification, so I'd avoid 'going back to school', but that's just me.

    Will be interesting to hear what some of the older members think, hindsight is a wonderful thing after all.

    For what it's worth, if I had bigger balls; I'd sell my house, car, businesses and pretty much everything I own with the aim to opening a designer menswear and lifestyle store somewhere like Australia. Problem is I'd probably be 150K down before the doors open and that's a big risk.

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    Sounds like me for sure. I sometimes beat myself up about it and think I should be further on but realistically I'm 25, didn't do the whole formal education thing and have actually taught myself a lot of skills, had one business (albeit it didn't last) and managed to make a living doing my own thing for the past year to 18 months so I shouldn't be so hard on myself.

    I think the teaching I looked at mostly because I remember enjoying being in that environment and when things are unstable as they are now, it's nice to look at potentially more stable careers. Having said that spending the next 5 years focused on soley that is quite scary.

    I've been looking at ways to move my marketing and content skills into a business. There's so many marketing agencies with tons run from peoples bedrooms these days that I don't even consider that viable any more.

    One thing I've looked at is launching a local online newspaper/blog. There's several free papers etc. which try to be cool and reach out to different people in the city but for me they lack so much. I've had a blog previously which I launched, monetised and then allowed me to move into writing and editorial work for magazines and so I have the skill set, it's just making that choice and pulling the trigger as you say.

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    I'd be careful about teaching - maybe it's different for IT teachers, but my partner's a (primary school, full-time, class) teacher and she basically has no life outside of a select few weeks a year. Because of the monstrosity of academies, schools aren't going to be the stable places they once were, with guaranteed pay scales either.
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    I really wouldn't commit myself to any amount of time, let alone 5 years, unless I was 100% sure on it. I literally can't see 5 years ahead of where I am now.

    I'd also say that for me, all my major turning points in my life have been organic and I've pretty much been along for the ride, which is nice in a way.

    Maybe instead of picking a particular job/task just think of the motivation at the heart of it and where you'd like to be in X years and work back from there. For me it's; mens fashion + money + free time = ? Just need to find the best role that includes all three.

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