Many of us choose career paths based on false assumptions, what other people want, or on our own unfulfilled needs rather than on where our abilities lie.
Striving to get ahead implies the future is somehow preferable to the now and more worthy of your attention. It also tends to backfire. Being the best you can be right now will take you farther.
You can't control how life might impact your career-related circumstances. You can only control what you do.
Put your energy where your life is by focusing on your wholeness, no matter where along your career path your present moment happens to be.