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Need advice - feeling dumb for wanting change of career

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Hi guys, I'm hoping maybe I can get some help/advice/encouragement/something. I am considering changing careers and the decision is weighing really heavy on me. A little about my career path: I have been pursuing my PhD in Clinical Psychology for some time now, I have my Master's in Experimental Psychology and am currently a Clinical Research Coordinator. PhD isn't working out for me and that's ok, I guess it wasn't what I was meant to do but I need to find something fulfilling to do. I have found through my clinical research  that I am really only happy when I am seeing patients, but that's not that often. I want to be able help people and make a difference. My current job isn't challenging or fulfilling and I am not passionate about it. I am considering trying to go to PA school and then hopefully working as a psych PA down the road. I would have to take a few pre-reqs so apply but I took most in college already. My problem is, I just feel like a big fat failure that I have to go to school AGAIN to do something with my life. I feel like all I've ever done is waste time and money in school and I have nothing to show for it. Maybe I'm being hard on myself but I am really struggling with this decision because of it. I feel too afraid to just go for it and I feel stupid for wanting something else and having to change routes so many times.

 

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Having a change of heart is not a failure in my book. Yeah you spent a lot of time and money on a path you are no longer enthusiastic for, but in the end, it’s just that-time and money. If you can find a career that you love for the rest of your working life, I think it is worth it. I would strongly recommend you spend a lot of time shadowing several PAs to make absolute certain you are making a move towards a career that you will love and that you can see yourself doing for many years to come. All careers go through phases of highs and lows, you just have to love what you’re doing enough to stick with it. Best wishes.

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