There is No "Traditional" Career Path
If you met me when I was 28, you might have thought I was a failure, at least in comparison to what most people define as success.
I didn't have a "traditional" start to my career:
1. I started college 4 years later than every one of my friends
2. I spent the first 7 years of my career in a job that had nothing to do with marketing (my profession)
3. At 28, I took an entry level job, just to get into marketing
My journey was far from perfect, but here is what you can't see:
1. I started college late because it took me 4 years to save enough money to put myself through college. When I graduated I had zero debt.
2. Those 7 years paid for college and taught me about business, work ethics and leadership. It also introduced me to the tech world.
3. I took a step back to get into marketing, but once I got in I moved up quickly, because I had work ethics, I knew how the business works and I knew how to lead (with and without authority).
It doesn't matter how long it takes you, or how you get there. There is no traditional career path - only your career path.
Do what you believe in, put in the work and you will be successful on your own terms.