It was also at that moment any final hopes of having Astronomy as a career faded. Not to mention, the career isn't all that good for growth. From what I read, you either worked in a laboratory, or you were a professor. It's like there's not many other branches - like the ones you have in IT. From programming, you can be a game developer, you can write Linux scripts (and PowerShell scripts, and Batch files), you can develop software, you can develop mobile apps, etc. There's more options.
Even though I went back to school a 2nd time to learn more about IT, would I call it a dream career? No, I wouldn't. A dream career is something you dream of doing. I dreamed of being an Astronomer. One can argue the dream is still alive. I just hate Physics lol. Although, I'm also aware I can change my mindset around that. At the same time, I'm also comfortable with the fact it's not a career. Sometimes you can look at something, you know you can change it, but you'd rather leave it be. So I'm content with it being a hobby at most, and not a career.