Post # 1
(Hi!! I appreciate your time in advance) ..I am a long time lurker and first time writer. I AM IN REAL NEED OF HELP….I am currently a director at a child care facility and I honestly would rate it a 8 on a scale of 1-10 due to security and happiness. UNFORTUNATELY this is not enough for me anymore. I am in desperate need of a career change due to monetary reasons.
Skills are not transferable
My main and only skill ….AN AMAZING PEOPLE PERSON
LEADS TO …..FIELDS THAT TYPICALLY DON’T MAKE MONEY!!!
Not interested in Math or Science fields at all …this is typically where people make the most money
Undergrad of Psychology
I am willing to go back to school for masters.
I am open to most careers.
I am looking for advice on careers that people are satisfied with, a great return on my investment, provides work/life balance and any advice in general.
Post # 3
Don’t worry! You are not alone in wanting a fresh start in a new career! What are you salary requirements?
I think you have many transferable skills, as being a director involves skills and experience that most people do not have on their resume!
It is a tough job market but don’t let it discourage you. You may have to start with some type of compromise ( going back to school, pay cut, bottom of totem poll etc) as with any thing in life.
Also, could you give me some of your employment background and interests so I could suggest a few areas to look into!?
Post # 4
Thanks EvaPeron!! I am hoping to start at 65 in the first 1-2 years of employment. I ave worked in retail …which makes me certain that I could be great in sales. (I’m just concerned of job security with this career). I have spent all of my adult career working with children, 7 years. Also, part of my problem is I have no real interests besides working with people in general. I tend to a really hard working person so I am okay with sacrificing and working in a career I’m not in love with.
Post # 5
There is a big difference between math/science and business/accounting. Can you stand basic math? There are lots of business/sales jobs that depend very much on charisma, logic, people skills. I actually have a math degree and could not find a job in my field so went for a business job instead.
Post # 6
Your totally right …I didn’t think of that. Would you say there is job security in this field business/sales? What do you typically need in regards of a degree? Thanks for the advice btw…..
Post # 7
As far as business/sales- from what I have been seeing is a 4 year degree is usually sufficient ( bonus points if its in business/marketing etc) but your experience in retail will be key. It depends but most places offer a base plus commission- so the sky can be the limit depending on if what you selling is needed and you have great people skills.
Have you ever considered real estate as an agent or realtor? Lots of flexibility, you just need to study to get licensed ( you can take a class or probably self study if you prefer) and you would definitely work with a lot of people and make money off of it 🙂
Post # 8
I would never ever (and I can’t tell if you are or not) suggest switching from a job that you enjoy/are secure in to a job that will pay more money.
That being said, I work in HR which is a HUGE people skills industry – and it’s a relatively stable career, although not super-high paying (at least not in an entry-level). You’d probably need more education, like an MBA, but maybe not. I have BAs in sociology and poli sci, so nothing super related, but I had a great HR internship after graduation.
Development (aka fundraising for non-profits) is also a people-skills focused job, and there are so many small non-profits that it’d probably be relatively easy to find work. Private schools also usually have a development office.
I work in HR at a (large) non-profit, and I LOVE it. Sure, I could make more (like….20k more) in my field at a for profit, but I love going to work and knowing that I’m helping the greater good. My workplace is FUN so it’s actually fun to go to work. Sure, sometimes I’m busy and our employees make me want to rip my hair out, but overall it’s a wonderful place to work. If you’re willing to compromise some $$ for happiness, non-profits are a great place to look.
Post # 9
What about health care? You could look into being a case worker, social worker, child life specialist, patient liaison, etc.
Post # 10
@careerhelp: ok, i have had a million jobs and bounced around a lot until this most recent field. i currently work as a physician liaison at a hospital. basically i build relationships between community physicians and the doctors employed at my hospital. my job is 100% about my ability to connect with people. it’s very similar to pharma sales without the pressure.
i have an MA in health communications, which is absolutely the reason i have this job. depending on where you live, salary ranges are in the 50s to the 90s, with most being right around 65/70. increasingly, these roles are being filled by former pharma reps or people with a clinical background (nurses, nps), though.
i’m not sure where you live, but out of the gate in any industry at 65k with no experience is pretty unlikely. you have to pay your dues, move up and move to new companies usually to make that money.
all of this to say, look into the sales world. i worked in hospice sales (yes, that exists) and they will start you around what you’re looking for, plus bonus. it wasn’t my favorite job, but some people love it.
my final words of advice, money is not everything. i’m not kidding that i’ve had about 9 different jobs since graduating in 2000. insurance, private schools, non profits, retail, hospitals– all kinds of things. i’m the happiest now because i LOVE the job and the people. the money is definitely good, but i’d stay even if i never got another raise. i always feel like there are 3 parts to the job- people, money and the work. 2 out of 3 is great (3 out of 3 is unusual, but obviously awesome!) and it sounds like that’s what you have…
TL;DR– don’t run from a good gig over money. it will come in time. sales is a great option if you really want out.
i also have thoughts on grad school if you want more info!
Post # 11
EvaPeron-thanks I have thought about real estate however, I’m looking for a career that is more stable.
I am intrigued by the healthcare field however, I keep finding there are SO MANY fields that are not limited to becoming a nurse, doctor, or physicianI. For ex: physician liaison and patient liaison. I have recently thought about looking into speech pathology.
I def understand that there is the possibility that I would have to work my way up. I currently make around 50k I was thinking if I completed grad school I would start around 65k
Relaxedaboutit….I am definitely interested in grad school that can help to propel me forward.
Thanks ladies I am really excited with all the advice….PLEASE KEEP THEM COMING :)!
Post # 12
My advice for grad school would be to choose something with a practical application. Stay away from general fields communications unless it is focused like health comm or organizational comm) or fields that lack growth like journalism.
Speech therapy (my first undergrad major!) is pretty science focused tho focused mainly on the head & neck areas. Occupational therapy is a good option.
I would shy away from a law degree but an MBA could be a great option. Look at local universities for jobs as you can often take free classes. This would be my #1 recommendation actually.