I’m 35 years old and I’m currently going back to school online at my local technical college for a degree in Professional Communications. After I finish my degree there, I plan on transferring to a nearby university for a Bachelor’s degree.
Although this is not my first time attending college. Back in the mid 2000s, I went to college for web development/programming. I graduated and I’ve been working in IT/tech for a while now and I’m earning good money. I’m at the point where I’m being headhunted by a few tech companies and recruiters. Without trying to sound boastful, I’m good at what I do.
However, when I attended college the first time I excelled in my written communication courses. I really enjoyed it and my teacher even encouraged me to consider a career in writing if computers didn’t work out. Since then, I’ve contributed articles to some local publications, as well as some websites and my own blog. I really enjoy the craft of writing and the purpose of going back to school was to transition into a job doing either journalism/content creation or copywriting.
So here’s my dilemma: I’ve been offered a job in my current career that has a very high salary, but will demand most of my time. So much so, that I doubt I will have the extra time and effort to continue going to school while working. I think I would be happier writing for a living, but by the time I finish going back to school I’ll be 40 and I’m worried that it will be too late for me to start my career over and maintain a comfortable lifestyle.
It’s starting to get real and I’m seriously conflicted on what to do. I’d just like to hear some advice as to what you would do in this situation. Is a degree even needed for a good paying job as a writer? I just don’t know what to expect.
TL;DR: Good at web programming, but passionate about writing. Going back to school for writing, but now being offered high-paying job that will eat up all of my time. Should I quit school or turn down job? Wat do?