I am a 31 yo married woman based in India. I've been working in tech for about a decade and have a, I daresay, successful career behind me. I make a handsome salary which is presently more than what my husband makes (he works in nonprofit), my husband is my friend and lover and my most supportive best friend, and together we are trying to figure out and design the life we want. We've dated long-distance for 4 years but got married 5 months back.
On the work side: I've been feeling extremely dissatisfied. I feel under utilised and bogged down by the unnecessary corporate shenanigans. I've worked in FAANG and currently work remotely for a silicon valley company which I joined thinking I'll do the startup hustle but it turned out to be even more corporate and slowmoving than the big ones. My complaint isn't about work life balance, in fact I feel I have too much of it. My complaint is that they don't know how to utilise talent and my career is suffering for it. This has been the least productive job of my life, and it's made me reconsider what I want. I've been looking at the job market and honestly? nothing excites me. One, I hate how I am pitched lower roles than my male peers even though I bring much stronger credentials. Two, where leveling isn't a problem, I don't like the industry or product or team. My location (India) is also a hindrance.
I've come to realise I may have too many opinions of my own to find fulfiment in most jobs. Incidentally, last week, I applied to a 3 month startup accelerator cohort based in UK and in an extraordinarily paced up process, got in. I've to decide within a few days as the cohort starts in 3 weeks and I've got the visa process ahead of me. The grant they give will cover most of my costs though I'll have no salary and will need to live frugally, which I am fine with. At the end of 3 months, if I have something good, they might invest in my company. Even if they don't, I am not worried because I have a network and a profile that'll open doors, I feel.
The other side to the story: I also do want a kid, I do want to live with my husband, and I do want stability. But I can't be in a dead job that isn't making me grow for the sake of all of that. And I also can't accept anything lower than what I feel I deserve. My parents are not being too supportive, as they feel I can't "keep working forever" and should "focus on having a family". I get it, coz it's not like I don't want a kid. I am not thinking of this cohort as a 3 month thing, but a 6 month to 1 year one where I commit to being an entrepreneur and coming back to the "job life" if that fails. Which, I suppose, will put my family plans on hold until I turn 32-33. I dread how hard it may be to have kids post that, or not being able to have a kid at all.
Has anyone here been in a similar situation? I'd love to know.