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Question :

I am 35 and have been working in IT industry for over 8 years. Because of the long working hours and other reasons, I am not interested in IT anymore and think that it's time for me to have a new start. So, I am thinking to study pharmacy in Australia next year. But the course takes me 4 years to study and 1 year internship to complete. At the time, I have reached 40 and afraid that I would have made a wrong decision. Can you advise me on that. Thanks a lot.

Posted by Henry on Sunday, 18 Aug 2013

Comments :

Fraser Douglas - Career Doctor

Posted Tuesday 10th September 2013 11:55:00 PM


Dear Henry, Thank you for your question. I think the first thing you need to do is take a step back and examine your motivations; it is only by truly understanding how you feel that you can decide upon the right course of action. Four years of study and a one-year internship is a big commitment to make without being 100% sure that it's the correct decision. What is it you don't like about the IT industry? You mention not being interested in the sector anymore. I would ask 'why?' Is it just the long hours? You've worked within IT for 8 years, that's a lot of accumulated experience and knowledge to walk away from. There must be some things you still enjoy? I would write a list of the positives and negatives about your current job. Then examine the positives, is there any way you can find a new role that allows you to build upon what you enjoy and has less focus on the negatives? Could you talk to your manager about the long hours? Can you move into a different role internally, which might provide a new challenge? You also talk about a new start. Could that be working for a different company or providing IT services within a different industrial sector, maybe even working in IT within the pharmaceutical sector if that's a real passion of yours? If at the end of that process you're still committed to leaving IT you need to go through the same thinking process regarding becoming a pharmacist. And really examine why you have chosen this industry. I would take the time to research what a typical pharmacist does; do you know anyone you could talk to? If not, maybe approach a local pharmacist and see if he's happy for you to take him for a coffee to discuss his work. Does your understanding of the job match his? Look at the things you enjoy in your current role; are there similarities with his? Do the salary expectations match yours? What about the working hours? The most important advice I can give is to take your time, don't rush into any decisions and make sure you have all the information to hand before committing. Good luck!!

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