Considering a MAJOR Change in My Career Path and Need Advice

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1190 posts
Bumble bee

Just curious: Are you attracted to the idea of helping people, or are you looking for a career in something that may have more open job opportunities? 

Have you thought about using your people skills for a job in HR? Have you contacted your college for help in finding interviews?

Post # 4
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@misslala:  Sounds like you’re mostly just frustrated with not finding work right away. Stick with it! Also, try looking in other cities. Don’t give’ll find something you’re qualified to do…it just may take a little while to get there.

Post # 5
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

@misslala:  I imagine it will be hard to launch yourself in this direction, without experience in the medical field. There are examples online of how to re-write your resume when you’re switching careers (for example, someone who wants to go from advertising to medical sales would highlight the products they launched, their experience in marketing, the sales aspects of their advertising, etc). But it seems to work best when you CAN make a case for how your previous skills will be used in your new career path.

Is there an intermediate arena in the medical field, in which you could better leverage your advertising training and experience? For example, medical research is a huge field, and participant recruitment is a huge part of it. Our team has a Study Coordinator whose entire job is to recruit patients for studies, and I think you could do a really good job of highlighting the ways your previous experience would suit you in this type of position…or really any recruiting or marketing-type position in the medical field.

Would something like that interest you? Perhaps even just as a stepping stone, to help you build experience in the medical field, and make it easier to transition?

Post # 6
1629 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@misslala:  My advice is to stick with what you are doing for at least a year of hard job hunting before jumping ship. There is nothing that says you cannot work for an NFP doing your job either … Anyways, if it is because you are frustrated with looking already (not that long!) then you need to continue looking. It takes a grad an average of 8-12 months after graduating to find an entry level psition in my experience. If it is actually because the taste of your field was absolutely horrible. (When I graduated last year for my second career I applied to all the positions that I saw – whether I had the experience or not – so that was 5+ positions per week; I had about eight to ten interviews until  I landed the position I am in now, which was eight months after I graduated). It takes time. Be patient. Continue applying to everything you can and network as much as you can. Is there also a reason why you feel drawn to the medical field? When I chose my second career it was because it had everything that matched the skills I had and matched my strengths – I love it. I left my first career because it was absolutely a mismatch for me (I liked the idea of what I was doing but am not that kind of strong leader and my experience workingin it was absolutely awful). Also, other question: did you realize you didn’t want the advertising field before you graduated and just did it to complete it? That would make a difference to me. Either way it is up to you just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons 🙂

Post # 7
3077 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

@misslala:  I’d keep plugging away at what you’re doing. My mom actually does something similar to what you’ve described and makes VERY little. She does it to help suplement income after retiring. If she was actually certified and everything, she could probably make a bit more but trust me, nothing even close to a good salary.

I also think you’re just a bit frustrated with the lack of jobs and opportunities. Posting your resume would help! How into sales are you? I’ve seen a LOT of insurance companies pick up right out of college and they make really good money from what I hear but it usually starts directly as sales. I’ve considered it myself, the only reason I’m mentioning it lol

Good luck!

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