Now that I've been out of school and working for about 10 years, I'm discovering that I'm really not happy with my current career path (environmental consulting). I hate being in an office, I hate that because of the particular work that I've done, I feel very limited in what I'm qualified to do (it's really tough for me to change jobs within my field), and basically I'm just not happy with it. I think I've realized that my dream job would be a veterinarian, but I really can't afford to go back for that much schooling at this point in my life. (And while I would enjoy being a vet tech, it would be a major pay cut that I can't afford) The next thing on my list seems to be nursing. I've found a couple of programs where I can get a second bachelors degree in nursing in a little over a year. It's very tempting, but also scary to contemplate quitting my job and taking yet another student loan to do this. (Been there and done that the first time around!) The other hard part is that my husband and I really want to start a family, and it's hard to think about putting that off for another couple of years so I can make a career change. (Given that I'm approaching 32, I really feel like the clock is ticking if we want to have a family.) But then in the end I think nursing would be a much more family friendly career because there are differnt scheduled available instead of being stuck with an 8-5 office job and no alternatives like working evenings or part-time. Does anyone have any words of wisdom? Any success stories or things you wish you would have considered before pursuing a major change? It really bugs me the way are society is set up that kids are supposed to go to college at 18 and figure out what they want to do. I'm frustrated feeling like I wasted 4 years and gobs of money on college degree that hasn't really gotten me into a career that I enjoy!