Our expert says:
Dear So Confused,
Thank you for your post.
Firstly let's celebrate your successes: You are happily married and you have a five-year old son!
You have recognised that you need to take action for something to happen in your life!
Career frustration can come from a number of areas:
You could be so comfortable (in your comfort zone) that you are frustrated.
It could be that you want a change/want to move on?
Perhaps you don't want to be in the firing line anymore? A PA is typically the first level of defence for an MD, so takes a lot of flack.
Can you identify the reason for your frustration? - Are you comparing yourself to other peple? Your circumstances are different from others, so comparing to them is not a real measure.
If you don't change, what are you voting for?
I'm not sure why you made the choices you did, but that's all in the past, so feedback won't matter. Instead, let's look at feed forward.
You're never too old to study, although with family commitments your time is not always your own, so you have to schedule study time well, and recognise that it could take more than one year to complete a long course.
(Or you could do a series of short courses).
If you do want to study, the good thing about being older is that you may get exemption from certain boundaries that are placed on recent school leavers.
Should your interest still be in Food Services Management, you could follow that path. Recognise that you have changed in the meantime. Perhaps so have your preferences for further education.
Where to start?
Answer the questions asked here.
Decide whether you want to do short or long courses, and what you can afford.
If it something that your employer might find value in, make an appointment with the HR department and discuss the options with them. Assume that anything you discuss, will find it's way back to your boss. You may well be surprised at the feedback you get by discussing your issue with him/her.
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