NWR: Career Change Advice

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
Member
423 posts
Helper bee

The strongest advice I can give you is to casually look for a new job, but not quit your current one until you have a new one lined up that you are happy with.

My little sister graduated with a similiar degree and is currently as an underwriter for a financial company and also works at a radio station. It has been very hard for her to find a job in her intended career path that pays enough for her to support her daughter, so she is not willing to quit her office job. We always tell her to be thankful for what she does have because not a lot of single mothers have a job let alone two.

Post # 3
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

In my state, you won’t be able to become a court reporter or paralegal without going back to school.  I would think it through more thoroughly before making the decision to go back to school.

I think that you should wait until after the wedding to try to find a new job.  I got laid off last year and wound up being rehired by my same company.  I didn’t really want to go back because I was mad about being laid off, but my now-husband convinced me to stay because I already knew the work and could just focus on wedding planning.  Now that the wedding is over, I’m staying because it’s really not as bad as I thought it was, and I do like my coworkers.  There’s some perks here that make it worth staying.

If you’re worried about taking a paycut then just be honest and state that there is a minimum salary that you will accept.  Lots of companies hire executive assistants, especially if you are proficient with Microsoft Office.

I know it’s really hard going to work everyday to a place you don’t like.  I personally don’t let my job define me.  To me, the job is a means to an end.

I don’t know exactly what “media studies” is, but do you have any experience or schooling in web design?  That seems to be a very hot area right now.  It sounds like with your degree it is so general that I don’t think you’re stuck being an executive assistant (not that there’s anything wrong with it).

Post # 5
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282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

happilyeverafter29:  I’m an exec admin with a BA in Communications, too! I definitely understand feeling like you’re working for the whole floor but not having the pay to show for it. WHat is your relationship with your boss or direct report like? Have you discussed your goals for your future with them? I made it a point to let my manager and CEO know that I am very interested in getting a paralegal certification, but need to save for the schooling. They both support my wishes, which is great. Once I have the money saved, my manager is even okay with me completing homework on slow days. With that being said, while I am grateful for an understanding manager, there are some days where I feel stuck in my job too. Being an admin is a lot harder than a lot of people think, which is frustrating…that is why we have to stick together and help each other remember that it is NOT a forever job if you don’t want it to be! 

Post # 7
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1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

start looking for a new job. Brush up your resume, sign up for monster and indeed, start applying to craigslist jobs. Set aside 30 minutes of every day to do this, make a goal of putting out 3 to 4 applications per week. Something like that.

if you look, eventually you will find something. there is no reason you can’t start a new job before your wedding as long as you’re not completely quitting your current job before you even start looking for a new one. in other words, there’s no need to expect an income gap just because you change jobs.

It can be hard to know what kind of job you want if you’re not actively looking at what kind of jobs are available. Maybe looking for a job for a few weeks will actually help give you an idea of what kind of job you want to do. If not, at least finding a new job will give you some much-needed variety, and you can continue to think about where you’d like your career to go in the future from a new position.

Post # 8
Member
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Sea Ranch Lodge

I started my current job 4 months before my wedding… everyone was accomodating and fine. Don’t feel like you can’t look for a new job before your wedding 😉

Depending on what exactly you do in your job, I’m sure you have a lot of skills that are transferrable to other career paths! In terms of pay, I’m sure you could even find an EA job that pays more – the typical EA in my company makes 6 figures, and some of them even work reomotely.

I know people who have made the transition from being an EA to doing HR, contracts work, and event planning. It all depends on your background. Just apply, apply, apply to jobs! Good luck in the search, hope you find something you love.

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