Post # 1
Have any of you ever made any risky career moves?
I’ve thought about leaving my FT with benefits job if a temp to perm (FT) position presented itself in the field I want to get into. It’s currently just a” thought”, though. What would you bees do? What are some risky things some of you have done to get yourself in a better position professionally? How did it work out?
Post # 3
I knew I had to move when DH proposed so I left my supervisor position, and took an $8 pay cut and no benefits (and a part time job) to go with him to be a para-professional at a school. I got in there full time with not much more pay.
A year later, I am happy to say that I am now an IT Specialist at a clinic, which is the position I wanted in the first place (my education is in technology). I make mad money, great benefits, and I am happier. It sucked for a while, but it was a great move to be able to be engaged AND be closer to my family in the end.
Post # 4
Thanks for sharing that 🙂
Post # 5
@MrsWe: Okay I can answer this now 🙂 I worked for a large FI that paid me terrible money to do the work of two people. I stayed because I knew I was the smartest, most efficient worker they had so I thought I’d move up in the company. Eight years later and only one measly promotion I wasn’t getting anywhere. So I used my knowledge of my office to navigate some internal nonsense to pull off a secondment at a not for profit and I loved it. I loved it so much I knew I couldn’t go back. I couldn’t stay at the time so I took a terrible job at a great company because the pay and perks made it worth it (and I didn’t realize I’d hate the job so much when I’d applied).
Fast forward a few months and a contract position came up at the NFP where I’d worked and I jumped on it. I took a risk leaving a FT job with incredibly generous benefits, opportunity for travel, great bonuses, fancy galas every year, etc… for a contract at a non-profit, where they could drop you at any time due to budgetary constraints. As of today it looks like I will be made permanent as soon as next week!
So I say do what you love! If you never pursue it you will NEVER get that dream FT job that you want. It is a risk, but it’s the only chance you’ve got to achieve your goal!
Post # 6
I don’t know if it was risky so much as ballsy…
I didn’t go the traditional college route (regret). I ended up going to school to become a licensed massage therapist. I enjoyed it, and I was good at it, but if you work for someone else instead of being self employed, you’re left with two basic options.
A. Commission based pay, which is great, but it’s difficult to predict your income.
B. Laughably low hourly wages, which you’re supposed to make up for in tips.
I live in the U.S., and was working in this industry right around the time the economy went to poo. One of the first items to cut when you’re struggling is ‘luxury’ personal care. The whole thing just made me nervous.
My boyfriend (now fiance) told me about an accounting position open at the HVAC company he worked for, and told me I should apply. I had dealt with some bookkeeping at the salon I was working for, but not much. I thought there was NO way they’d interview me, let alone hire me.
…they hired me.
I discovered I had a gift for it, and advanced quickly. I have a steady paycheck, and pretty good benefits – with NO education to back it up. Crazy!