Career Change Advice

posted 1 year ago in Career
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

mainebride092018 :  Commenting to follow. I’m a biologist looking to possibly make a similar switch. I’ve applied for several jobs and geared my resume more toward my business/management skills, but no luck, just generic rejections if anything at all. I think this is really a situation where you need to know someone who can get you in the door.

Post # 3
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Honey bee

The thing about HR is that most companies want someone who has a degree in human resource management.

The thing about project management is that most companies want to see that you either have experience managing from beginning to end and not just dabbling in project management type skills. And where they want to see that you have some kind of certification like from PMI.

Technical communication is certainly a booming field as is user experience. However a portfolio is going to be a much bigger asset to you in the interview process for technical communication than a resume will. So if you’re looking at either of those directions then I would start putting together a portfolio with samples of your writing and or other design projects that you’ve done.

So at this point I would start looking at the qualifications that are required of jobs that you are interested in and see whether or not you’re willing to put in any sort of additional education such as obtaining a certificate.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Gorse Hill, Surrey, UK

I’ve changed career twice. Both times I did some short courses in that field to boost my understanding and prospects. The first time I did an 8 week begginners dog grooming course and it was only supposed to be as a hobby, but i saw an opening and decided to give it a shot. after a year I knew it definitely wasnt for me so wen back to admin/reception jobs. I quickly realised in all my other office jobs i actually enjoed and was quite good at the finance side of things, so started a bookkeping course which took me about 15 months and when I qualified as a bookkeeper went looking for an accounts assistant role. I’ve been doing that since March and could not be happier! I’ve foudn all of my transferable skills have been really valuable, but the additional qualifications and experience in that field really propelled me in the right direction and turned employers heads, especially as I had done them in my own time it showed a willingness. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

As someone who is currently working on a marketing team at a major tech company, I will say the #1 thing people are looking for is relevant experience, even at the lowest entry levels. It doesn’t have to be your current title, but what else have you done or are you doing to show your interest? You could volunteer, take marketing/research courses (no need for a degree), and etc. 

it means a lot to hiring managers that the candidates coming in are genuine and want to build their career. If you show dedication, and can write a cover letter that expresses that, then they should be at least offering a phone screen. 

Also, if you have friends, try asking for a referral to their company if they’re in tech. Referrals make up about 35% of our annual new hires!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I made the jump from Chemist to Project Manager. My experience is in the PM role. Definitely do some PMI training and look into getting your PMP. I started my job transition within the company I worked for already. I took a job as a project coordinator first to get some experience working with projects and PM’s. Found a mentor and worked with them as well to take on more responsibility. I actually started while I was still a chemist doing some project management on the projects I was working on with my mentor. Really the best way to start is to reach out to find a mentor in your current company. With you’re experience there, they know you and will help you get into where you want to go, especially if you have a good reputation there. They are more likely to work with you than a new company taking a chance on you with no experience.

I will say that if you’re looking to get into Project Management, your experience in the technical world will be of a lot of use. I started out managing chemistry based projects and my experience as a chemist, helped out immensely. It got me my foot in the door. I now manage engineering projects. Once you have experience managing projects, it’s a lot easier to switch industries. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

mainebride092018 :  online courses should be ok. It’s all about how you’re going out of your way to show you’re interested in a total shift. 

It’s definitely possible to take online courses and add to your resume!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Project Management is part of the career track for a consulting engineer. It would make the most sense to do that rather than start from scratch in another industry. If your current company isn’t giving you the career progression at the pace you want, why not go to a different firm? The engineering market is hot right now.

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