Tough calls? Not necessarily
The idea of starting a new career isn't really about a new career as such, it's about a new life for yourself. There's a lot of noise about the so-called sacrifices people have to make to have the lives they want.
Doing the work they love, enjoying every second, never bored, never tired or frustrated.
Must be hell.
The tough calls are the decisions. The rest is relatively easy.
Tough call? Income
Despite the mythology of media and social structures, income is the result of a career, not the definition of it. Income pays bills, and buys things. It doesn't give you a life.
Success isn't purely financial, even if it looks like that. If you can have a career which is rewarding in the way you want your rewards, be happy, and more importantly, free to be the person you want to be, is that failure?
Tough call? Lifestyle
What's a lifestyle?
Something out of a magazine, or something out of a horror story, or both? Does a clerk have a clerk's lifestyle? Not if it can be avoided. Lifestyle is an image. Comfort is the life people want.
Can you be comfortable as an office boy/girl? Can you be comfortable, being someone you're not?
Tough call? Social life
A social life is comprised of a peer group.
Peer groups, most of the time, are people who are stuck with each other, because they have to be where they are. Choice is relative to circumstances.
If you're working in an office, with other inmates, relationships are based on necessity, not choice.
If you're working in your own chosen career, both you and the other people in the profession, art or business are there mainly because they want to be there.
There's a world of difference. You'll find working with the living is a lot easier, and a lot more fun, than working with the dead, or people whose main ambition in life is escape.
Tough call? Security
The security of a job is approximately the amount of time it takes for someone to fire you, or transfer you to the administrative desert.
Downsizing, restructuring, and the rest of the managerial zoo of behaviors have made the idea of job security a joke.
There are programs, yes. There are redundancy schemes, yes. In the public sector, there are libraries full of things which equate to the employer's prerogative to fire anyone, anytime, and those who don't like it can go find a court somewhere.
Security, in anybody's language, is not having to worry about losing a job. Working for anyone else, you can never have that sort of security.
Tough call? Going it alone
Some people would call it tough, because being alone for more than 5 seconds is some sort of terrifying experience for them.
Other people thrive on it.
They actually prefer to be doing the work themselves, and in many cases not having other people making the mistakes for them.
Some people are natural one man bands. They do all the work themselves, because that's the way they know the work will get done. They wouldn't know what to do with help, even if they'd ever had it.
Others learn to like doing things for themselves, because they learn so much about their profession. They actually improve their skills by learning how the different parts of their work are put together. They get more efficient, and produce better work.
Many people are stunned to find that they really don't need ten people running around like they had in the office work. They organize, get good at doing those jobs themselves, and save a lot of money and wear and tear on their patience.
Going it alone isn't necessarily easier. Some careers and professions are just basically hard work.
But it's not hard because you're going it alone.
Tough call? Modern careers
The whole idea of the workforce in the 20th century was one of huge organizations, masses of people, corporate colossi, and other symbols of that era. People were raised to consider that the normal way of life, and the ideal situation.
Actually the whole system started unraveling when the phone became commonplace, and people could do most of their work from anywhere. Computers, which added the ability to conduct business, produce documents and products, were the death of that workplace.
You'll find, as the 21st century progresses, that the old style careers are on the way out, too. There's no need to stick people in buildings and spend money on electricity and infrastructure just so someone can make a phone call or send an email or spend hours looking busy, or playing the game. It doesn't matter where the work is done, as long as it gets done.
If you start a new career, you'll find you've got a lot of company.
You'll also find that a lot of people raised in the old workforce are only to glad to be out of there.
Not such a tough call, is it?