I gave up a six-figure salary to follow my passion

Laetitia Chiropractic student

Laetitia Betsch-Lewis is a Chiropractic student at USW.

"Up until four years ago, I worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry. It was an interesting job that took me all over the world, from Africa and Algeria to the USA and Norway, where I settled.

"Although it brought me a six-figure salary, status and responsibility, I didn’t have a passion for it, but like so many other people, it was comfortable so I just carried on.

"The birth of my son changed everything.

"I suffered quite badly from post-natal depression and for a while, didn’t know who I was. It was a very testing time in my life, but it made me reassess everything.

"During this time, the only thing that helped was seeing therapists, including a massage therapist and hypnotist. It gave me the space to breathe, relax and heal and I realised I wanted to offer this to others.

"I was used to visiting a chiropractor, but until this point, had never considered it as a career. Now, in my mid-thirties, I realised that here was a job I could be passionate about.

"Making the decision to retrain as a chiropractor was not easy. I had to give up a well-paid job, relocate my family from Norway to Wales and start from the bottom.

"But even though it has been hard, I’ve not regretted it. Even the lack of money isn’t so bad if you look on it as an investment in your future happiness.

"Post-natal depression was terrible, but it made me unafraid of change and it brought me to a rewarding, therapeutic career.

"It made me appreciate that you only have one life, and it’s important to live it to the fullest, in a way that makes you happy."