A Career Change Might Do You Good

 I blog and sell vintage online, even though I went to school for IT. How about you?It seems like many of us are doing something different than the field we majored in. Some see it as a mishap, a loss of dollars, or just an embarrassing fact of life. However, if you’re like me, I believe that a career change in general is awesome!Why is it awesome? A career change presents a new opportunity to get away from stagnation, to start over, and to make something better of yourself! Why wouldn’t you want that? This is, after all, America.


The major you took in college, the continuing education you completed afterwards, the training you went through, and the job you previously had are all building blocks toward your present and future self. Nothing is wasted. Every change is a beautiful opportunity for self-improvement—of your attitude or your income!

My background

I picked IT, or Information Technology, as a major and a career because I had been immersed in and fascinated with the Internet ever since it came to my parents’ home in 1998. I was about 11 years old when I first started making my own webpage. I was particularly interested in using the computer to make graphics and websites. I won contests as a teenager, got hired by my university and the government as an adult, etc. I was very much into my career in IT up until about two years ago. Why?

The switch

I got married, and naturally things started changing. My husband Rob got the pink slip of death at work around 2010, and I couldn’t bear continuing to be too involved with my work after he got laid off.  We both decided to start a business together selling mostly out of print and vintage items. It was a natural transition, because looking for old gems was already a favorite hobby of ours.

I got a bit of guff from family for letting go of something I’d done for so long and took a great deal of hard work to become good at. They were afraid that this new business would fail. They eventually understood that my husband and I found a job that I equally loved or loved even more than my previous career.  After they saw how successful I was in the switch, I got much more support and admiration from both family and friends for the business I started.


So here’s what my husband and I did to transition from our old jobs to our new business:

bulletstarRealized what we didn’t want to do

I loved making websites and making graphics. In fact, I still do! This time around though, I wanted to make graphics to build up my own store instead of for other people. Making a variety of graphics with different styles for different people can still be very appealing, so if you’re into that… stick with it! It is a lot of fun.

Rob, on the other hand, was tired of the politics around his job—the uncertainty of keeping a job, the interview process, seniority, difficult and manipulative coworkers, etc. Sound familiar? We both liked and were good at what we were doing, but we knew we wanted a change.

bulletstarDiscovered what we liked doing together

Rob and I shared a common interest in thrift shopping for our own purposes (usually out-of-print music/movies and vintage clothes) during our free time together. In fact, that’s just about all we did when we had free time—literally, every chance we got. When he got laid off, we had a lot more free time together. That was when he realized that we could probably do what we’re doing all the time and make money from it!

bulletstarFocused on our individual strengths

When we got our business set up, I being the IT person became in charge of dealing with the technical aspects of the business. That meant I made our logo and our advertising materials, and set up our online store.

Rob, being the math major, was in charge of the accounting and managed the overall business. Though a math major, Rob’s previous occupation was copyediting. He was able to use that for anything that involved writing within our business—which was everything.

bulletstarLearned new things while being hands on

I may have taken a few business classes and grown up in a family that ran a business, but I did not know much about setting up a store. We learned on our own time through research what it initially entailed. We caught on pretty quick but also had to learn from our mistakes. We learned most of what we know while we were actually doing business and making money.


Have you experienced a career change? What was that like for you?


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13 thoughts on “A Career Change Might Do You Good

  1. So true! I went to school for languages (Portuguese and English) and am master in Cultural management. Nevertheless, I work as a press officer, web content manager & CMS web designer today. While it can be hectic, I love my job and wouldn’t trade it for teaching portuguese for anything. Best of luck to you guys!

    1. Hi Mafalda,

      I have worked extensively with CMS as well too. I like Joomla the most—much more so than WP. Although I can still work on those things, I have chosen to stay away from accepting projects, because it gives me a headache solving glitches in a short amount of time all by my lonesome (although with some online community help). I did really well though, but for my sanity… I’ve stopped! I’m glad that you love doing it! I know so many others that find it a joy to stay as well.

      That is neat that you studied Portuguese. My mother’s side has some Portuguese in it, but I barely see any of it in me! I do not speak the language, sadly. I would very much like to learn many other languages.

  2. I have changed career’s as well!
    I started out studying Archaelogy because I love learning about ancient history (still do!) but I didn’t like the constant traveling (though I am a travel bug!) and hard work outside. Then I studied Criminal Justice because I wanted to go in to Forensics. After a internship, I found that the work was not what I was expecting. It’s long hours, very repetitive and very detailed. I like doing something different everyday!
    A year later I found my true passion, Fashion and writing. I have always loved dressing up and giving people advice on what to wear and what not to wear. When I was younger I use to write stories just for the fun of it! I even entered school contests for writing and won a few!
    I don’t know why it took me so long to figure out what I wanted to do with my life but I think that’s part of growing up! You figure out who you are as you grow older.
    I don’t think I will be changing career’s anytime soon. :)

    1. Hi Heidi!

      Oh that is so interesting! I wouldn’t have thought you liked that stuff, because I don’t ever recall your ever mentioning either archaeology or forensics. I am very fascinated with ancient history as well (particularly the ancient technology)! I like to learn about it as a hobby myself. I was going to go into genetics for college, but I was afraid of how long it would take to get anywhere exciting unless I made breakthroughs, so I very much understand the monotony. It’s great to learn more about that side of you!

      I’d love to read your stories sometime if you still write! I did come up with lots of stories growing up too that I swore I got from dreams. I stayed in bed after I had woken up just to come up with the ending to the story in my dream. I absolutely love what I do now too! I’m glad you found your dream job as well :)

  3. I think it’s great you and your husband are working together!

    I haven’t “changed” per-say-but originally after graduating I thought I might go into retail. But after praying about it for a long time, I found myself taking over Quickbooks for our automotive shop! It’s a big job (and getting bigger!) we just found out or payroll guy has a very aggressive cancer. So I’ll be taking over payroll. It’s a bit overwhelming! But I know that “With Christ, I can do all things!”
    A Modest Fashion Blog:

    1. Hi Natasha,

      Ugh, retail is unattractive to me. It’s too busy. Thinking about Christmas, I pray for all the people who work in retail! I’m sorry to hear that your old payroll guy has cancer :-( I’m glad you’re up to and liking the task of Quickbooks! That’s what my husband is responsible for in our business.

  4. awww this was sweet!
    It was great to learn how you were able to work together and transition together!
    I didn’t major in anything other than housewifentry? haha. Yey for marriage at 20.

    I love your isntagrams showing up on your blog now too by the way!! I actually have haim on my spotify playlist right now (but it has a while before it comes up).

  5. i find this topic interesting and like the honesty here..a lot of people seem baffled by career changes or academic shifts. i did science in +2, realised it wasn’t for me no matter how much my parents wanted it, did a BA in history, now I am pursuing Film Studies(which was my minor in UG) and I blog. I see myself doing something that is a culmination of fashion/films/writing. I want to be happy and succesful, not miserable and moderately well-off.

    1. Hello Debiparna,

      Your happiness is definitely more worth pursuing than money. Of course, they go hand in hand in a lot of ways. However, if I had to pick, I’d pick the stress free and happy life with enough money any day.

    1. Victoria,

      Oh, I didn’t know that! I think I’ve got it fixed now so you get the responses after you leave a comment from now on! Thanks for pointing that out! No wonder people rarely came back to see what I said as a reply :-/

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