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Making a Risky Career Change

Would You Leave a High Profile Job to Pursue Your Passion?

To many people, being the VP of a huge TV network and producing a nationally renowned news show seems like a pretty sweet gig. But what if you decided it just wasn’t for you anymore? Mimi Gurbst, senior producer for ABC news, did just that. After 30 years with the network, Gurbst is planning to leave her post to become a high school guidance counselor.

It’s not quite as risky a career move as it may sound; as The Observer points out, ABC is going through a rough time and making some serious staff cuts, so Gurbst isn’t exactly leaving the most stable job in the world. She also plans to get her master’s at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and one day open her own school, so she won’t really be flying that far under the radar. Still, this seems like a pretty radical career change to make, especially at 57 years old.

Would you consider leaving an established, high profile career in order to really pursue your passion?

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myystque myystque 5 years
I haven't left a high profile job but I work in the nonprofit sector and I know I could be making a lot more money with the degree I earned than what I actually make. But, I'm happy with my job and that's what counts to me.
GirlieGossip GirlieGossip 5 years
Absolutely! It's my life goal. I am lucky to have a husband who supports me to do so, and I am saving so I can make it a reality. I like my job, but I know I can find something I am more passionate about in the future. It may be 10 years from now, but it's out there.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
I think its great that she's making that change. I'm sure she's made enough money throughout the years and hopefully has saved a lot of it to be comfortable with what she's doing.
michlny michlny 5 years
I'm in the process of trying!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
I did. Thankfully, I was in a position to walk away from it. Not everybody has that choice.
Frenched Frenched 5 years
I guess I would go with what feels right. Generally, I think it's better to do something you love, even if you earn less. It's doable to cut back on things and I believe the joy of having a job you love more than makes up for it. It would really depend on the situation, though. Sometimes you can't just leave a good-paying job just because. I'd just go with my gut on that one.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 5 years
I agree with skigurl. I would only leave if I could make the same or more money. That's not to say that I haven't thought about leaving my job to pursue a passion or that I don't love the idea of doing so, but when I look at the numbers we couldn't afford it and I don't want to bankrupt my family so that I can pursue a pipe dream nor do I necessarily want to have to start from scratch in a new career field. In theory, I love the idea of leaving my job to chase a passion, but in practice there is no way I would do it.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
only if i could make more or the same money doing the passion job!
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