[WARNING! First-world problem ahead!]
I'm just about to turn 36 and I've started to have a bit of a crisis.
I've been unchallenged in my job for some time now and fancy a change to keep me motivated.
I enjoy and am very good at what I do (senior creative producer/ designer/ animator for a vizfx studio), but it doesn't challenge me any more and subsequently, I feel distracted, complacent and -well- bored.
Learning new tools is fun, for a while but the core problem is this: For the industry I'm in, I'm now earning as much as I'm likely to earn, give-or-take inflation and seasonal/ performance-based bonuses. The incentive to push forward and further my career has evaporated, because there's nowhere to now go!
The only option - if I want to earn more and stay in this industry- is for me to start my own company, which I'm not inclined to do. It conflicts with my philosophy on work: I work so that I can live a fulfilling and fun life, rather than working as a hobby. My friends who own their own companies are understandably bound to the lifestyle (workaholics) to minimise and control stress, but their personal lives seem to suffer as a consequence. I don't want that.
Am I too old to be considering a change of career? I've only just collated all of my thoughts into a cohesive 'problem' and I've yet to decide what I'd like to do instead.
Can anyone recommend a good resource for researching new and interesting careers?