I’m A Successful Web Developer, But This Isn’t The Right Career For Me | Work & careers

Twice a week we post issues that will feature in an upcoming Dear Jeremy advice column in the Saturday Guardian so that readers can offer their own advice and suggestions. We then print the best of your comments alongside Jeremy’s own insights.

I just turned 30 and I can’t decide what to do with my career. I studied English at Cambridge hoping to get into academia, but I couldn’t afford to continue my education. I found work as a technical writer, then junior business analyst, then UX (user experience) web designer and finally web developer. The last role was my calling for four good years and I did well – I have a good salary and I enjoy the recognition of my peers. I have a reputation in my field and a tech blog that has done well too. But over the past 18 months, I have become convinced that this is absolutely not the right career.

I find programming frustrating, repetitive and under-stimulating. I want to do something that’s more verbal and allows me to practice the skills I used in college. But how?

Everyone tells me that academia is miserable, even though I would love to research, think, write and teach. I’d also love to write and produce content – ​​or maybe even journalism – but I realize that’s a notoriously difficult area to survive in.

I am interested in law and would be willing to take up the study but am afraid to invest years in something where I might fail. There may be some interesting roles in the public service, but I wonder if I wouldn’t find the hierarchy stifling.

I like to work alone and take full responsibility. I’m a good researcher and can hold my own in a debate (I’m probably the type of person who values ​​accuracy over consensus). I enjoy public speaking and can write proficiently (although I need more practice). These are my good attributes. My bad ones are that I crave stimulation and don’t like to share work. I’m also a bit shy and not outgoing.

How can I get out of my rut? I am paralyzed by the fear of making the wrong choice, but also by the fear that time is running out. I have enough savings to take time off, but I don’t see how a career break would help me.

Do you need advice on a work problem? For help from Jeremy and the readers, send a brief email to cher.jeremy@theguardian.com. Please note that he is not able to answer legal questions or answer them personally.