Julia from Hampshire writes;
I am in a bit of a quandary, I have to change careers due to an injured back. I used to be an electrician, and I really am struggling to find a new sort of career. I am 37 and don’t want to go down the wrong track. Please, could you help in this matter? Thank you.
I’m very sorry to hear about your back. That really stinks. But even though your injury may come with some limitations, you can still find a satisfying career.
There are many paths you can take to ensure your personal and financial success. As long as you halfway enjoy what you are doing, and have the ability to baby your back when you need to, there isn’t a wrong choice. Ideally, you may want to look at options that have the possibility of telecommuting or working from home. This would give you the luxury of being comfortable, as it appears that sitting or standing too long can aggravate your condition. However, working from home is something you will explore in the distant future, rather than the next step you take on your career path.
Initially, I see you working in what appears to be radiology. It looks as if much of your training will take place at the same hospital where you will eventually be working. I see you giving sonograms, and doing something else in a divided room with two huge machines. Not quite sure what that’s all about, but I imagine it will eventually make sense to you.
Even though this is what I am seeing around you, I do want you to know that this isn’t your only option. I definitely see you furthering your education and training for a new path, but you have diversified talents. Here’s where the free will thing can play a major role in your destiny.
Working in radiology looks like it would be a good choice for you, but you would also do well in a more clerical position, such as billing, transcription, or research, that is to say in the medical or legal arenas. You also show strength in some alternative healing fields, like acupuncture and homeopathy. Occupational therapy is also something you would be good at and enjoy — provided your new specialty does not include lifting adult patients.
The bottom line is, I don’t see you going down the wrong path, but I do see that any path you take will eventually lead to another. Trauma may be the reason for your current career shift, but from this point forward, any changes you make seem to be from desire, rather than necessity.
I hope this helps. Happy healing and good luck!