(Closed) How to handle interview questions about change of career

posted 5 years ago in Career
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Buttercup014:  You can tell them that although you have decided you are not interested in broadcasting, you appreciate  that you have gained transferable skills like interpersonal  communication, organization, priorizing tasks etc  that can be used elsewhere.

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I think employers only ask because if you’re getting a job in a vastly different field than what you went to school for, there’s a concern that if you find a job in that field you’d leave them. Then they wasted all that time training you and have to again find someone.

I would just be semi honest. Say you went to school for broadcasting because it was an interest of yours, but you ultimately just want a career you can be happy in at a place you enjoy coming to every day.

Basically, make it sound like you are committed to this position even though it’s not in your field and even if you aren’t that committed really.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I’m working in a field that is leaps and bounds away from what I studied. 

 

If it comes up just explain (even if it is a little white lie) that towards the end of your studies you decided it wasn’t the right career path/industry for you, but you wanted to finish what you started. You gained a lot of valuable skills through your college education that will translate into the job you are applying for.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

As PPs have stated, it’s all about those marketable skills, yo. 

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Busy bee
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Buttercup014:  The fact that you were previously a receptionist (even if just for a couple months) is where they will probably focus their questions. They want to know what you did at that job so they can see how much training they would have to do and how well you would fit with what they need. The only time I can see the broadcasting thing coming up is maybe at the beginning when they’re like “so, tell me a bit about yourself. I see on your resume that you went to school for broadcasting?”. That’s when you can say that you did, but after graduation the job market changed and you found yourself in your receptionist position which you really enjoyed, etc. You can address it and then steer it away to what they care about: your reception experience. 

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Bumble bee

I work in HR, and when I get candidates in your situation I just assume they couldn’t get a job in the field. It’s not a bad thing at all. The market is really terrible in some fields; HR people realise that. And I also wouldn’t care. I only care about experience and skills, and you probably gained many transferable skills during your studies. Good luck on your interview!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

It’s common for people starting out to have a few jobs right out of college not directly related to their degree. I have been asked why I have been in two very different fields the last few years. I use both to list various skills that make me a unique candidate. 

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Busy bee
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Buttercup014: I feel you, I’m not working in my studied field at all. My major was Forensic Anthropology and most intro jobs want a MS degree and 5+ years experience. It really sucks.

I think it can help that my husband is in the air force, but I always tell places that I still love my major and are working towards being there someday, but am taking a detour to explore new places, interact with people of different cultures, and gain skills x, y, and z by working at new job that will help in working in my studied field.

Sometimes I word it different if I think the employer doesn’t like the military or military wives, so I just leave that part out but more or less say learning more skills first and wanting to work in a different field because in studied field I will be working with all kinds of different people and new job will be a good experience.

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Sugar bee
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Buttercup014:  I’d be surprised if they directly asked honestly. My major was in something soooo different than what my first post-college job was. Now I’m even further away from it 15 years later.

I wouldn’t stress it.

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