I'm so glad to have found your post. When you worked as an editor/writer, weren't you worried about ageism? I know too many talented writer/editors who have been downsized out....only to have their jobs snapped up a year later by someone fresh (and cheap) out of college. Those folks have yet to find comparable work.
That's why i'm looking for a second career where I'll be in demand no matter my age. Perhaps, I'll get to make a difference. And that UC pension looks pretty attractive, too.
I've been blessed to find my current job. But over 9 years, the workload just increases. Work weeks are freq. 55-hours w/ no OT pay. If i work nights and weekends, there's no compensation. As for vacation, I get 20 days, but I can't take more than a 5-day weekend (or else face a mountain of backlog). I'm lucky to enjoy 10 minutes to eat lunch at desk, and breaks, forgetaboutit!
Yes, I get to learn new things and attend some interesting events, but that by-line costs me money! There's no financial security in the long run. The only thing that's keeping me is ego.
Admittedly, this BB scares me. Few people seem happy with their nursing careers. I'm wondering if I'm just leaving one unhappy situation for another.
So, how are you feeling today after all of these responses?