I Was Made Redundant Last Year From A Boring Job. Now I Want To Do Something SpecialI was made redundant in January. I am now earning my money by teaching, but I don't like it. Friends say "But teaching is so secure!" "Teaching is so respectable!" "Everything else is so risky!" Well, you know what? IT'S NOT FOR ME.
I'm 47 years old and have always dreamed of being a writer in some way. When I took up the teaching job, I also signed up for a distance learning PG Diploma in Journalism, and I love it. I have a flair for writing and am doing very well. My former qualification as a Librarian and experience in documentation, training, and online editorial mean that I can start looking for jobs in Online Content Management, online editorial and lots more, and a bit of freelance on the side. I hear the negative army EVERY DAY saying "Oh no, not journalism", "Oh no, you should stick with teaching" but I say "NO, NO, NO" to teaching and YES YES YES to my dream.
My advice to younger people is - sure, make a living, but you'll have a nicer life if you do what your love, no matter how much or how little you earn.