Post # 1
I graduated college last May and am currently 8 months into a 2 year financial analyst program at my firm. The other analysts have started making plans for their next jobs, so I am thinking about it as well. Most of them are staying in finance, but I would like to go a different path, as I think this might be my last chance to make a career change and do something I am passionate about.
What I would love to do is work as a writer, and I mean that in the broadest sense – research, journalism, corporate work, etc. I’ve been writing since I was 3, and it’s the one passion I’ve had my whole life. I did not pursue it in college due to practical reasons and studied business instead, always knowing that I would not be doing finance forever.
But, I am very lost as to how I would approach looking for a job like this or making sure I’m qualified for it. I also know journalism as an industry is in flux right now with not many jobs available (a friend who graduated from college with a journalism major was unable to find a job at all). A final challenge is that everyone I know works in finance or consulting and did business in undergrad like me, so I don’t have anyone to turn to for advice.
Part of me says I should just forget it and start applying to finance jobs along with everyone else. But it’s not what I want to do at all, and I’m only 22. At this point in my life, I can handle not making as much money for a while and taking a risk by changing careers.
Does anyone have any advice? Ideas for specific types of jobs I can target? Thoughts for how to go about marketing myself for a totally different job than I am currently doing? Personal experiences from bees with writing-centric jobs?
Post # 3
You are in NYC correct – – can you swing a job at a publishing house? Can you swing a job with a TV station as a script editor…..I don’t really know what I am talking about but those sound good, right – FH graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism – he was in TV for 9 yrs and the schedule was just killing him. Now he is in PR – – or that’s a great route you can take..since you’re young you can start from the bottom and work your way up – – would that interest you?
Post # 4
You’re in NYC. The entire world of publishing is open to you! I’m starting out in the writing world myself. What I would suggest is grabbing an internship at a publishing house (even if it’s working the slush pile), newspaper, or maybe get a job as a technical writer. It will probably be insanely competitive though. What are your thoughts on jobs? Do you want to be an actual writer, or something like an editor or literary agent?
I’ve found that the best way to get started is to use connections. If you know of anyone who is somehow linked to publishing, get in touch with them. Also, make sure you have some fresh writing pieces on hand.
Post # 5
are you going to finish your 2 year program? (I would) If so, you can use the remaining time to explore career options. If you’re really interested in writing, start a blog. Practice writing, get some material out there, and figure out what you like.
I used to work in PR because I wanted to write, but I found it totally unfulfilling. That’s just me, though, and not meant to be a knock on PR. Mr. lisaberry is a journalist and it’s a rough, rough lifestyle. He works at a newspaper though, and there are other ways to be a journalist.
You could consider working for a college/university publication? Is your alma mater in NYC? I know my university often uses alums as freelance writers for its newsletter and for press releases. The money’s not good, but the clips and the connections are.
And just one more thing: don’t think of this as your last chance to make a career change! I’m making a career change three years post-college, and went to a training today with plenty of mid-career folks with families.
Post # 6
The positive is that this is far from you last chance at changing career and unlike a non lucrative career the years spent in finance won’t be “wasted” but allow you to save for when you are persuing another career.
The other good thing is that writing, real writing, versus a career in publishing, is something it is possible to do on the side. Granted not if you are in Investment banking – no possible time but for now as you research careers that interest you I would also apply for finance jobs that have more reasonable hours such as inhouse in a corporation (I’d also try to find something you enjoy more 🙂 ). I’ve always liked the idea of starting to write as a side line and then developing into a full time career.
Post # 7
If I could go back and be 22 again I would do so many things differently as far as a career goes. I’m 34. IF we can’t have kids then I’ll go back to school and become a teacher, my dream, which would be a really really long time in school and because we want kids seems an unfair thing to do right now. My point being, live your dream NOW run for it whole heartedly and don’t look back. Live it with a passion and fire then you’ll never have any regrets! If you do live in NYC you’ve for sure got the publishing world at your finger tips. There are so many jobs you have access to that would help you along the way in a writing career (which is my 2nd dream job and what I’m working towards now).
Post # 8
The first thing I would do is start writing. A blog, independent articles you shop around, a memoir, anything that gets you in the habit and creates samples. My Bridesmaid or Best Man is a writer with an MFA from a prestigious program, and I know her main issue is finding time and having the discipline in her life to write. It is often a longely profession. Being able to establish for yourself and others that you have what it takes will be the first step.