Hi excitableashell I can understand that you are wary- that is a huge amount of money. I just wanted you to know that there is help out there - as someone who has changed careers from being in teaching, plus working outside of teaching too, I do have quite a broad perspective. There are coaches and coaches- some are unscrupulous as in any profession. My fees are within a range suggested by the Association for Coaching,to which I belong, and I have to work within their code of ethics. I also work alongside an employment psychologist at a Job Centre helping people. However, just to make a point, any investment made in career coaching, or counselling, has to be put into perspective-some people quite happily spend £500+ on a holiday, or on their car each year,on gym subscriptions, or on clothes or entertainment, - but when it comes to something like changing careers or dealing with something really important, it is seen as self-indulgent or a luxury. (That point is NOT aimed at you, it is a general observation!) There are load of careers you could change to, far too many to discuss here, but if I were coaching you- theoretically, I'd take you back to your core values- and work from there. Such as, what is most important to you in life, can you afford to re-train, what gives you a buzz, what is your dream job- and work from there. I would genuinely love to help anyone with a career change. My heart is very much engaged in my work, but I need to pay my mortgage too and can only let you know that such a service exists and if you are interested , well, just get in touch. Really good luck with it all.