career change

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by DietCokeGirl, May 5, 2015.

  1. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl All lost in the supermarket

    Just wondering, has anyone ever done (or attempted) a drastic career change? How did it work out? How did you even start? I'm starting to feel like I can't hack much more of DayJob, but I don't even know how at my age with a CV all in one sector, I'd break into something else. Am I just dreaming, post-bank holiday?
  2. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    guess it depends what direction you're thinking of going in.

    and whether [insert new career direction here] has a 'skills shortage' or loads of people with relevant qualifications and experience who can't get jobs
  3. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    a long time ago i left teaching to manage multiplex cinemas (i was still fairly cheap, graduate second-jobber type and just applied for ads in the paper), and some time later, i gave it all up to train as an actor - which i then made a variously poor living at for five years. I financed the training (fees and living costs) by selling my flat.

    more recently (and having returned to teaching a decade ago), I looked desperately for ways to change profession again... and ultimately, was looking at a 50% pay cut so didn't.

    In theory*, it works like this. you do a specific job in a specific field. you can probably change one of those things fairly easily (so same job in a different field, or new job in same field). don't wait for jobs to be advertised. network, ask around, make contact with people on spec.

    *all my wisdom comes from the book "what colour is your parachute?" which is something of a seminal text for adult career-changers.
  4. Maurice Picarda

    Maurice Picarda Actually, might as well flounce.

    One of the few books which I have actually thrown away; a compendium of absurd advice ranging from the utopian to the naive. Start to search for your mission in life and, in the vast majority of cases, you will be horribly disappointed.

    Managing multiplexes sounds cool. The baroque excel spreadsheets you must have used to calculate the price points for different sizes of popcorn bucket, the cunning with which you would capture the half term market with ropey Disney classics. Why would anyone leave that?
  5. Duncan2

    Duncan2 Well-Known Member

    Echoing what Maurice said anyone even remotely advanced in years is surely well advised to consider their financial position very carefully indeed before letting an existing employment be it never so dull slip through their fingers.There are parts of the UK where you are doing well to have a permanent job.Don't want to be part of raining on anyone's parade but most of us have to consider the economic aspect carefully before doing anything that might seem rash later on.
  6. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I'd been doing various types of adminy jobs PMO, EA, Business Coordinator pretty boring but the money was good. I saved up enough money to do a vocational course and for 6/7 months living expenses (the course was for 5 months). It was hard not having my normal wage and it was harder work than I expected. I also did two internships while I was doing my course. One of them in half term break and one of them was every Friday for the duration.

    After my course ended, I was lucky to get a contract at a good charity through a contact. I've also done a bit of freelance work and some temping. I'm now about to start my first perm role since finishing. I'm not going to be earning quite as much as I was before but it's still a decent wage doing something I want to do.

    While I saved up to cover the period I was studying and a bit of excess, it's been tough not knowing for sure what we'd have coming in each month and not being able to plan things like holidays etc. Hopefully that's all over now tho with the offer of the perm job.

    Good luck :)
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  7. xenon

    xenon Sweep and cut

    OTOH as there's rarely such thing as a perminant job, not least one that won't drive you into an early grave out of boredom or stress, you might as well try and gain some other useful skills in another area, time permitting etc.
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  8. dishevelled

    dishevelled One scruffy bastard Banned

    Of course you can change your career... it largely depends on your age and what commitments you have. Not much else.
  9. souljacker

    souljacker A bit of skullduggery

    I did it, years ago. Went from a Technical Pensions Specialist to an IT bod. Best thing I ever did but it took a long time to get anywhere in the new profession. A supportive partner helps. Also, no kids to support made it easier. I probably couldn't do it now, but if I hated my job as much as I hated working in pensions, I'd have to do it again.
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  10. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    I did it when I was 30. Went from IT to Mental Health / Homelessness work. I wasn't married or anything at the time. Renting a room off my mate. Had to do about six months of various bits of volunteering before gradually working my way into it. Covered the gap by being a cycle courier for no money.

    Then I did it again about two years ago. The mental health sector was full of redundancies and pay cuts and we'd just had our second kid so we needed more money. So back to IT. My mate got me an interview and I've just been made team lead on about 8k a year more than I was earning. It's not what I want to do but it's alright and sometimes you need to make decisions based on being a grown up.

    So yes, is the short answer.
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  11. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    yes, my detailed weekly P&L reports and KPI analyses were a highlight of the time. Working all the antisocial hours ops managing a flagship venue for not very good money... did not appeal after very long.
  12. Supine

    Supine Rough Like Badger

    I'm giving up twenty plus years of chemical engineering this week. From Friday I will be running a deep house record label. I'd say this will be a radical job change :)

    I'll let you know how it goes!
  13. dishevelled

    dishevelled One scruffy bastard Banned

    That's a massive plus. :)
  14. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

    I couldn't have done it without mine.
  15. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat hmm

    may be worth a look at national careers service website
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  16. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I changed career 3 months ago. I took one skill and have specialised in that, so it wasn't a complete ditch of everything I'd done, but completely different- location, sector, industry, way of working, everything. Brilliant.

    Do it. You have what, 20 years of work ahead of you? 30? More? Careers are going to become more unique with sideways moves and changes of direction and the like, I reckon.... So this may not be the last total change either!
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  17. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    I have changed career from being an office manager / band manager sound engineer to being a gardener. Although it is lovely to be outside when it isn't raining... I am starting to get arthurs itis in my fingers & that ain't funny. I love gardening but just wish it paid more & some other fucker had to do all the hard work. :thumbs::rolleyes::D
  18. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    The sound of the dawn chorus is better than most bands I have worked with.
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  19. DietCokeGirl

    DietCokeGirl All lost in the supermarket

    Thanks everyone....given me lots to think about.
  20. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

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  21. sovereignb

    sovereignb Well-Known Member

    Very inspiring thread for me too...thank you guys! Im giving myself until October to hand in my notice, whether I find another job or not. Saving as much money as possible to keep me afloat for a few months. I will say my job has given me lots of transferable skills, just need to sell them.

    I do wonder nowadays if employers give people coming from another field a chance, as opposed to taking someone with direct experience?
  22. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    I have mentioned this in other threads; I had a dramatic career change a few years ago with no skills transferrable from old job to new job and few qualifications. It was not something I planned to do. I got very bored, depressed and disillusioned shuffling paper in financial services. When offered redundancy, I took it despite not having a clue where I would end up. Within a week or two I was happily carving out a career in the social, public services sector. It was the best move I ever made and have never looked back!
    Are you dreaming or going to make it happen? good luck :thumbs:
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  23. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Whatever you do, don't let yourself look back at your life full of regrets for sticking at the same shitty job. Go for it!
  24. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    An university friend - gave up a job as a Biochemist thing and became a railway booking clerk - then a guard - now a Train Crew Manager (OK - he liked trains) - best move he ever did , as apart from some nasty hours - he got away from drudgery to a job out and about , dealing with staff and passengers ....and is now very content. Mind you -working out of Worcester is quite pleasant - especially the run along the river to Newport and Cardiff.
  25. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Ive just gone through a career change...... touch wood its all going well and I'm enjoying it, although I think i need a little more direction at times as I'm now a trainee.
  26. sovereignb

    sovereignb Well-Known Member

    Exactly the field im running from ...good luck to you mate! Was that through an agency?
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2015
  27. sovereignb

    sovereignb Well-Known Member

    Can i ask what you changed from/to?
  28. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    Yup, initially via agency. Made redundant, went to an agency who referred me to another agency and they got me temp work. Tempted for a year for the experience then fixed myself up with permanent job and never looked back, not even after a night like I've just had :thumbs:
  29. sovereignb

    sovereignb Well-Known Member

    Working through agency definitely has its benefits. I gained alot of experience through their roles, before i got this permanent role where Ive been for 4.5 years. Ultimately, you must have had some transferable skills otherwise they wouldn't have considered you.

    I cant wait to leave!
  30. hash tag

    hash tag never too old

    financial services to sheltered housing! The "skills" I had were gained from voluntary work and being human :thumbs:

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