Apparently I have 25 years of working life ahead of me. I know this because I was wondering how much longer I could last doing this type of job and 25 years wasn't the answer. I am currently in my second 'career' (the first being working in and running bookshops), which, I guess, is becoming the norm for someone just entering their glorious forties. I have been doing change management for something like ten years now, four of those on this current project, and I still have masses to learn. My background is organisational and business change, although that has very much morphed into the non-configuration management type of project and engineering change over the last few years. I know ITIL, passably, and my knowledge of the art of configuration management change is somewhat lacking, although the principles are essentially the same.
What I can tell you is that it involves a hell of a lot of time spent in front of spreadsheets on computers, which isn't exactly where I want to spend the rest of my working life. Business change is more people focussed, which is a blessing, but is also more nebulous and much harder to manage. Swings and roundabouts.
I have been thinking of a 'career' change (I hate the word 'career') for some time now. I am not dedicated enough to make a living from writing, and most decent hard-working writers I know still have the day job (although a few have taken the plunge into full-time writing). I can't stand the stress of wedding photography, even though I am passably good at it (according to others). I don't travel often enough to be a travel-writer/photographer and well, the list could go on. I'd love to do archaeology again, but the degree is expensive and the work sporadic and itinerant.
A long time ago, in a school far, far (not that far) away, I started to study Law as part of my 'A' levels but had to drop it in favour of Economics and Maths, both of which it clashed with. I have always been interested in law, in how an artificial structure supports and directs cultural and social mores, in how a structure devised for the whole intersects with the individual, in how that which is quantified by law can differ from what is intended.
Law is a demanding beast, though, with many hoops to jump through, and yet it probably suits someone who has had a bit of real-world experience, and it definitely isn't just a young person's thing. It would be costly (hell, yes) and time consuming (three to six years) but would allow me to change path, if I felt I still wanted to, or supplement me in what I already do (I could do commercial work etc).
It has some cons, some pros, and yet I could make a living at the end of it. It would need funding (£2500 for a full module with the OU) and would take some time. But it would be interesting and it would address a small itch that has been going on for some twenty-three years.