I'm 30 years old and recently made a much needed career switch. I was working in a low paying field that I got into after getting a masters degree and realized it was the wrong journey for me. I got hired at a tech company in March. The pay is similar to what I was making at my last job, except this is entry level and that was three years into a job that requred a masters.
I'm a little anxious about potential layoffs in the tech sector but trying to keep my head up.
I live in a high cost of living city that is getting more and more unlivable. I am single, so I don't have anyone to split costs with. Dating in this city is almost as brutal as the cost of living so even though my hope was to be settled down with kids by now, I'm putting that part of my life on hold because it's just been too difficult.
Lately I've been feeling really down on myself and where my life is headed. I've had setbacks in my career, in about 65k of student loan debt, and feeling like I'm treading water.
Lately I've been considering moving back in with my parents. Not to take advantage or to be a lazy mooch. I've been feeling really lonely lately and while I have great friends, just feel a bit of a void they're not filling. While they can get on my nerves like all parents do, I really do love them very much, and I could help out with their mortgage (they've also been going through tough times financially) while saving a little money. It'd be hard leaving this city, leaving my friends, leaving my cozy studio. But I can't stop thinking about that as an option.
I know people have varying opinions on living with your parents in adulthood, but I'm from a culture where that is very common. I made mistakes in my twenties, like with my education and career, that I'm paying for now. I feel like I need to make some sacrifices to make up for them.
I wanted to hear from those of you who relate, have been through the same thing, have any experiences with this.