MSN Careers – Lessons from jobs held in your 30s – Career Advice Article

13 12 2011

Lessons from jobs held in your 30s

By Beth Braccio Hering, Special to CareerBuilder

Ask 50 people about jobs they held during their 30s and you’ll likely get 50 unique stories. While some workers spend that decade progressing in a field they entered in their 20s, others change career paths altogether or modify their employment to better align with their personal life. Here, individuals reflect on how their jobs during that stage differed from jobs they held when they were younger and how these jobs influenced the rest of their lives.

During her 20s, Margaret Miller of El Paso, Texas taught English at private high schools in New England. But when she became a mom at 30, she decided to pursue a different path.

“In my 30s, I was a stay-at-home mom and wrote articles about parenting and education to help pay the bills,” Miller says. “This was ideal since I could work from my house and be there with my kids when they were young.”

Now that her kids have grown up and are out of the house, Miller has opted to blend her previous experiences. “I have gone back to teaching at a local community college. I still freelance and find that I like the flexibility of being able to write from home at night and on the weekends to make deadlines, and having part of my day free when I’m not teaching. If you don’t like sitting at a desk from 9 to 5, this is a great way to make a living.”

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