It's odd. I don't know if it's the field of work I'm in or not, but a high percentage of folks that I know reasonably well all seem to have what I call a "backup career plan" in mind.
Some of them are actively working on their plan--going back to school part or full-time, getting additional training, etc. Others haven't made any concrete moves yet but seem to talk about it more and more.
There's this [usually] unspoken sense that they don't want to still be doing this when they're 40.
Are my techie friends unusual in this respect? Or is this fairly widespread?
And before you ask, yes. I'm one of them. I have a backup career plan too. This year I hope to get my commercial pilot license. Then in a year or two I hope to become a certified flight instructor (at least for gliders--don't know about power planes quite yet, but that training should pick up in the fall too).
I don't know if I'd ever try to make it my "day job" but I really do enjoy it and figure that if I ever do get really sick of this stuff, it'd be nice to have something else interesting and fun to fall back on.
If I was really dying to get out, I'd be an instructor already. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at July 06, 2004 08:09 PM