(Closed) Please Help Me Make a Career Change!!! I Really Need Help!

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

From what I’ve gathered from the advice I’ve gotten…it’s not what you know it’s WHO you know. Start networking…join a professional organization focused in the field you want to get into. Also, talk with a career counselor at your school…

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I’ll be happy to look over your resume if you PM it to me. I’m not in HR or anything like that but I think I know how to review resumes halfway decently! No need to include your name or anything, just the main info is enough.

Don’t give up!

Post # 6
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Helper bee

I agree with @MrsWe – find a way to meet people in your field. Not only will that give you job leads, but you’ll learn the vocabulary they use for various things, which will make your online searching more productive.

The first thing I’d do in your position is contact former coworkers! Your former company might be hiring, or your coworkers might now be working at new companies that are hiring, or just know of possible opportunities. Always easiest to get a job through people you know, because they can vouch for you.

Are there any recruiters for marketing positions? In my last job change I used a recruiter/headhunter and it was very helpful. If you get a reputable one they will listen to what you want and not send you admin jobs.

I know there are a lot of marketing conferences out there – it’s probably worth the money to attend at least one and collect business cards. For professional organizations, I’ve found meetup.com often has groups centered around a particular field, or just professional networking in general.

Even if you can’t find a permanent position right now, you still have a lot of options. Lots of companies buy marketing content from contractors and freelancers, so you can make money and gain experience that way. I’m sure there are many options, but one company that sells content from freelance writers is scripted.com. If you look for competitors to them, you’ll probably find more.

I think your volunteer idea is also a great one. Nonprofits always need good marketing content, and that would give you a way to generate writing samples and a chance to show that someone values your work enough to make you the face of the organization.

This will probably be unpopular advice, but if your long-term goal is to do editing, writing, and marketing, I wouldn’t advise going to more school at 35 unless you have specific skills that you’re lacking. The best thing you can do is get into a job (even a volunteer one – that would be like an internship) that includes at least some of your desired responsibilities, and prove yourself there. Once you’ve done that, no one will care what school you went to.

Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Take some classes with some meat in them. Communications likely won’t bethe degree that gets you where you want to go. Can you minor in something like marketing? Or accounting?

Try joining a professional society, that helps with networking. Make personal business cards too.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MrsWe:  this time 100. i have a good career and I dont have my degree to than kfor that. its because i got my foot in the door for an internship and its amazing what those connections did for me! yes, A degree is neccessarily but it doesnt have to be exactly what you want to do for a lot of industries (not all obviously)

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

@MrsWe:  +1

 

Hate to say it but it’s the truth: It’s about WHO you know and not WHAT you do. As a former HR assistant for a recruiter I witnessed 4.0 GPA’s and fully experienced applicants get thrown straight into the reject pile simply because no one in the company knew who they were.

I think Communications only has a marginally better market than Psych. Are you really opposed to admin? I know it kind of feels like a slap in the face, but from what I’ve seen, it’s opening up a lot more doors for me than before I had it on my resume.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Coral99:  my internship was at a local finance company. I found the listing via our internship program at my school. it wasnt related to the college and i was actually paid $13/hour for it πŸ˜€ I ended up working there for just under 3 years. I learned so much and my employers look at it as IT experience because it was. I worked like 25 hours a  week there. Plus I worked a retail job (2 jobs and full time student!), employeers love to here that determination!!! i reported directly to the Cheif InformationSecurity Officer while I was there and they wanted to hire me when I graduated but they couldnt because  I was workign for AIG and it was 2009 (yeah, enough said) they were laying people off in hundreds….def not hiring and not somewhere i watned to be anyway . The CISO’s wife (which I knew well cause she would come into the office) was a big-wig in HR at the local hospital and got me an interview for a job in their IT department. I interviewed, got hired on the spot and started the Monday after my graduation date (graduated sunday,started monday). that job gave me crazy experience and certifications and i moved to the city, got a high paying job and am now only 27 and being conisdered for a IT manager job!!!!!! I would say it worked for me πŸ˜€ in all the interviews I have done, the bachelors is just a formality….they want to know your experience and what you did while you were in school besides hang out with friends and go to class. but, yes, def finish your degree…

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

@bestbuddies:  The CISO’s wife (which I knew well cause she would come into the office) was a  big-wig in HR at the local hospital and got me an interview for a job in their  IT department…

That’s great! Your story continues to prove that “It’s who you know”. lichtetheway Keep networking πŸ™‚

I’m not saying that 100% of the time it’s who know because I got my current job on my own without knowing anyone, but there is a part of me that truly believes that had I made better professional connections throughout my life I would be further advanced in my career…

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