Update: See last post (would make this first post too long)
Some of you may remember a thread a while back that combined some lamenting of my "trapped-in-singlehood" life and a job that I've grown to hate. There have been some developments that I could use some advice on, mostly regarding the job.
I've continued to be unhappy in my job, and it has begun affecting my performance. My supervisor tried to pull some crap on everyone a couple of weeks ago that's already making one person make some tough decisions, and I think she has the right idea and I'm going to follow her. Last week, I wound up being out sick for most of the week. While I was sick, my few moments of being awake and lucid gave me some time to reflect and think, and I did some reading, which I haven't done much of lately because I've been so exhausted from work. Despite being physically ill, I started feeling mentally better just being away from the work hellhole for a while and giving myself some personal time. I haven't had a real vacation in three years, as all my time off has either been sick time or taking time off to catch up on the personal crap I've had to set aside.
So, I'm looking over my finances right now to see if I can afford to switch to part-time status at work, then looking at going back to school. I'm thinking of getting a second bachelor's degree rather than going to grad school, with the goal of possibly carrying the second bachelor's into grad school. Probably start cheap at the local community college then transfer. Although I'm not sure what I really want to do. All I know is that my current degree hasn't served me that well, and that I can't stay in this job if I want to keep my sanity. While scary, something about this possibility makes be feel energized and relieved at the same time. I had not even thought about switching to part time status or going back to school until this other person decided to do it. And the more I think about it, the more I like it.
I haven't fully committed though, and I haven't discussed it with anyone except the girl that is going to this. Mostly because I know that switching to part time would make people think that I am phasing myself out and I hold a corner stone to my office's services to the rest of the company. And they would be right, as my goal would be to eventually leave and there currently is no one to take my place. And I need to be sure that I can do this financially, as not being able to pay the bills would definitely not make me happy. So I don't want to let the cat out of the bag until I've fully committed to this course of action.
So for the advice part: I'm not sure what would be involved with essentially starting college over and was wondering if anyone else has done this. Would I need to take my general education classes over again, or would those transfer? Do colleges have special requirements to get a second bachelor's degree (probably would not be going to the same university, but who knows)? I haven't decided what I really want to do or study yet. I've always wanted to write, but was never sure if I have the chops for it. Or I've thought about medicine or pharmacology since I've found it interesting, although I know it would be long and involved, and I'm not entirely sure I would want to make a career out of it. Advice or experiences with this kind of thing would be very helpful, so that I can make my decision informed.