Changing Careers

Alternative Careers in Education

I am a certified teacher K through 9 with a masters degree in education. I would like to know what other career opportunities - other than teaching in the classroom for which I am qualified.

My first question to you would be why did you decided to leave teaching. When I work with clients who begin to search for new career opportunities, we try to determine if they are interested in "moving toward" or are merely "running from." Once that is clearly determined, we can move forward in the process.

Becoming a Financial Analyst

 My undergraduate degree is in philosophy, and I have been working in mortgage banking as a loan officer for 2 years. I would like to become a chartered financial analyst and will start studying for the Level I exam in June. I was told that once I pass the first exam, I would be able to find a job at an analyst firm or bank to get the necessary experience to get the charter. Is this true? Would you advise going back to school for a finance degree? Most of my credits will not transfer as they are from a university based in Rome.

Career Change to Human Resources

I have worked as an auditor/accountant for the past 10 years. I currently work for one of the Big Four firms and I have decided that I have no desire to continue on this path. I am not completely sure where I would like to end up, but my interest is currently in Human Resources as a compensation analyst. I have no compensation experience but I do have experience in analyzing data and critical thinking. What is the best way for me to break into this field. I realize that I would most likely have to take a pay cut also and I'm okay with that as long as I'm rewarded appropriately.

Changing Jobs. . .Right Now

I have been working in different areas of the medical field on and off for the past 10 years. I have been diagnosed with arthritis of the knees which prevents me from standing for long periods of time. I would like to get a job in a new field but all of my experience and education is in the medical field which makes it difficult for me to find jobs in other fields. I am going back to school in the spring, but I need to find a job right now to provide for my family. What do you suggest?

 

Difficult Boss

I am currently on medical leave because my job made me literally insane. (type of work, atmosphere, politics, boss, etc.). The 12-week leave expires in two weeks and I'm not sure I can tolerate going back to that job. If my doctor writes a letter that I'm unable to perform the functions of my job, will that be detrimental to finding a new job? Am I better off biting the bullet and working a couple weeks and then giving notice?

Don't give up!! You are on the right track!

I have worked in retail banking for the past 10 years. I'm currently a manager of a branch of a mid-sized community bank, the second community bank for which I have worked. The job is not challenging, and the work I do has so little impact on people’s lives that it depresses me. I've been looking for the past five years for a position in another field and I am having no luck.

Entry Level Tech Positions

I am seeking entry level positions in IT. I have had little experience in It and a gap in my resume since my last job. What can I do to get a job. Are there jobs in IT for people with little experience?

Entry Level Web Designer

I am changing careers and having a hard time finding an entry level position. I am trying to get into web design and have some experience. I have been going on interviews for little over a year but have had no feedback from my interviews, and they don't even send an email to say they don't want me.

Finding a Career Counselor

How do I go about choosing a career counselor that has a proven track record in helping individuals change careers? I am really struggling with many questions such as: Who am I? What is my purpose in life? What are my passions, and how can I apply them to a new career? I've come to the conclusion that I can't make these decisions all on my own. I've tried reading books on career change, but at this point, I believe serious coaching and networking is the best way for me to proceed. Should I expect to pay for these services?


 

Finding a new field

I’ve been an attorney for over 18 years and, earlier this year, for family reasons, I found I had to resign my partnership and relocate to Chicago. With that situation resolved, I am ready to find a challenging position, along with the opportunity to best employ my skill set and experience. I am open to other kinds of positions, however, my two main areas of experience lie in the fact that I was in Claims/Risk Management for 15 years, I’ve been an attorney for over 18.

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