Right now I am working as a substitute teacher's aide. I feel like it's a helpful and meaningful job, but I don't like picturing doing this forever. My father keeps going on about how there are such good pensions if I stay on with the school board, but I practically get the shivers picturing doing this forever. I feel really under-challenged. I considered going back to school to become a teacher, but I don't really feel any better about it. What I'm really interested in is environmental science. I had originally wanted to double major way back as a music student, but was young and inexperienced in stating what I wanted when pushed into choosing one or the other. Because I had seasonal work which ended (trail guide) and I'm casual as a teacher's aide now, I've been on unemployment insurance to top up income. Right now I have a really good opportunity to apply for job re-training funding. The community college has an eligible program in environmental technology that qualifies for assistance (we would need some, financially speaking) and it has the bonus of having an articulation agreement with several environmental science and environmental engineering programs (worth 2 years of the bachelors program). I really want to change things and applied.
What I'm finding hard is knowing I'm going to be questioned over and over about this. Everyone I know seems to figure that people in their late thirties should be "settled" into a career. I feel like I just fell into what I'm doing, and I don't want it to be a life sentence. I also feel like it's selfish of me to do this when the kids need stability. It also would be tough financially at first, although I don't think our school system right now is a stable job market, and renewable resources do have better projections for the future, so it might be better in the long run to return to school. I'm just worried the change is a lot to put the kids through.
Thoughts anyone? Anyone do a major switch later in life like this? How did it go?