(Closed) Has anyone changed job fields or made a major career change?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a Business Degree and worked in that field for 8 years.  I hated it and decided to go to grad school for Education.  After a year of working in the classroom, I decided I didn’t want to be in the classroom.  So now I’m going into Training in the corporate world.  I’m using my business knowledge and my education knowledge to teach adults.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I suggest that you look at your education and experience in terms of transferable skills. As the pp has said, you have the perfect background to work as a corporate trainer. Make a list of your skills and then think of other jobs that require these skills.

 

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I havent but my coworker did.  He was an engineering for about 4-5 years, then one day… he quit and decided he wanted to become a dentist.  He’s not in first year dental school.  Talk about a seemingly random flip!  From programming and designing hardware to teeth.   We were all floored.  Sorry, I have no personal experience of knowledge, but just wanted to share that and say it is possible and people apparently do it all the time!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I totally understand. I am feeling the same way. I am in marketing and hate it. I would love to become a social worker or help those less fortunate than me. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have completely bounced around industry-wise and I completely agree with julies1949 as far as transferrable skils are concerned.

I was a biology major in college. My first job out of college was in the operations/IT area of a clothing retail company. I did that for 2 years, and then the next position I had was on the sales side of finance and asset managment.

I then moved back into operations/IT but this time at a financial institution and now I’m looking for project management work in a variety of sectors. 

The biggest thing is understanding what you are good at and seperating that from the industry/position you are currently in. Also, many companies are looking for “out of the box” thinkers and “fresh perspectives” which someone who has not been in the industry before can more easily provide.

Post # 11
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MM423:Put that on the bottom with your additional skills and then include it in your cover letter.  In my interview this week, they actually asked if I wrote a blog or enjoyed writing since they’re currently in the process of rewriting their curriculum and wanted people who had skills writing engaging lessons.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

@MM423: I think it would be totally cool to add additional information like that to a resume, since they are career related.  Maybe Related Experience as the heading?

I went to school and got a degree in Communications, worked as a property manager assistant for 2.5 years, and knew it wasn’t for me, so I quit without another job prospect.  Found an office job (was hired on my last day of work at the previous job, actually!), and now I’ve been here for almost a year.  And already pretty sure I’m ready to move on!  I’m definitely in the “not sure what I want to be when I grow up” camp.  I think it’s just important to a) get as much experience as possible in different fields so I can narrow it down, and b) keep my eyes open for new opportunities.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Another hint. Some people have trouble identifying their own skills. If you are one of them, look at other job postings to see the list of skills they are asking for. You will quickly identify those which you posess.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have, twice! LOL! I went to school for architecture, ended up working in film and television for a few years. Then I hurt myself on the job and had a bit of a wake up call and went back to school for interior design. I did that for a couple of years, but then the small firm I was working for went down with the economy. So I took some time off, planned the wedding, eventually opened my online shop, and now I’m more focused on that, WB, and I have another job prospect on the horizon.

Honestly it was terrifying, absolultey. BUT it was the best thing for me. Although it may not be entirely obvious, a lot of the skills did transfer over from one position to the other. For instance, I was an assistant director when I was working in film. I had to be very very very organized. More organized than I’ve been in my life. Clearly that’s a good skill to have for other jobs. Also, I had to learn to effectively manage big personalities (and I don’t just mean status, I also mean very high maintenance), and make people feel very special, listened to, and like they were getting their way even when they weren’t. Awesome skill to have throughout life, lol!

So I may be miles from where I started out, but I’m really happy doing what I do now, because it’s on my own terms, and on a path I chose. I think it’s a lot to ask a 17/18 year old to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives when they go to university!

Plus, I always look at it this way, if you don’t like it, leave. Try something else. Nothing ventured nothing gained 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@MM423:  My Fiance did.  He went from the banking industry to advertising/media/marketing.  He works a lot but he’s a lot happier.

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