Terrence Hill

I agree with Steve – even though you have qualms, I would use my bumping rights. That’s what they are there for.

It would be helpful to know where you are, because the job market is very much a matter of location. If you were “younger” I would recommend a career in law enforcement.

I would not limit my job search to just state and federal jobs. Look at local government, NGOs, non-profits, and other organizations. Many jobs and benefits (e.g. 401ks) are portable nowadays.

If you are going back to school, look into the healthcare or cybersecurity fields.

Good luck, but don’t feel guilty about “bumping” others. You earned the right to bump!