Has anyone on here undergone a (voluntary) radical career change? If so, how did you go about deciding what you wanted to do?
Just curious - I feel these days that I'm just biding my time until retirement, but since that's still a very long way off, perhaps I need a career change to perk me up. It would be nice to do something that felt more constructive with my life, something that contributed more to society - of course there is the problem that I still need to earn a living
Depending on which field you currently work in, ever thought about teaching?
People give teachers a really hard time, was one myself and most of my friends are currently in the classroom but the benefits of the job are well worth the hard work. I'm not just talking about the long holidays, which aren't as long as everyone thinks and they are certainly well deserved! You get to see kids develop thanks to the work you put in to the job. You get to see kids at Christmas, when they are really excited ... and at the end of each year some of them will actually come up and say thanks!
It does have some down sides, especially with the current situation in schools and government stance on trying to get more schools to be made into academies. Work load is getting ridiculous, everything has to be evidenced: not only for your professional development, for the kids as well and for the clipboard holders and box-tickers.
What level of qualifications do you hold? Undergrad degree? Masters? Post grad? Labour government wants the profession to move towards Masters rather just post-grad.
I have thought about it, especially since I've just steered my son towards starting (on Wednesday) a PGCE.
I'm in IT - used to program but on minis & mainframes so have no knowledge of the modern languages - my past experience is now pretty obscure (PL/1, Fortran, Vax Basic and Powerhouse) and these days it's SQL - basically none of the stuff that is useful in schools.
Qualifications are Degree in a pretty useless subject (Service Sector Management I think, it was a combination of modules) plus a CPE (equivalent now is a Post Graduate Diploma in Law) - done for fun.
Problem with teaching is the loss of income whilst training - I'd also considered training as a social worker, but same problem with loss of income
I worked in retail for over 20 years and decided to take a gamble and move into HR, with no training and a Â£5k drop in salary. New job meant working Monday to Friday and spending more time with kids.
I have been doing it for just over 2 years, currently seconded into a better position and have to say it was the best thing I have done.
Although this was a tough decision I am so glad I did it so dont allow salary to get in the way, think about family life and your happiness. Also sometimes it is 2 steps back to move forward in the future.
I was made redundant about 4 years ago, took 6 months off (house was being extended to accomodate my kids as it was right in the middle of the custody battle) and got a new job at almost Â£10k reduction but much closer to home - can't really afford another reduction, but may well take a day or two off to see if I can get some professional advice on my options.
I have been thinking about what I do, and it's not necessarily the IT part that's the problem - it's what I'm doing with it - marketing at the moment - so perhaps I just need a change of scenery to do the same job but for something more worthwhile.
By sound of it you really do need to look for something along the same salary lines as you were on before. Doing PGCE would not be a good move financially ... the grant you get for shortage subject (would need to check DfES website for details on IT) would be a pittance compared to regular salary. Could do a GTTP route into teaching: paid as unqualified teacher while training, more money than PGCE for sure.
Really not sure about what to sugget for alternatives. Anyone know how you get a job as a billionaire playboy (ya know, like Bruce Wayne) ??!
If you have any hobbies that you really enjoy and could share your knowledge about with others then starting a free blog on something like wordpress or blogger could be a way to go, if you can then market your blog to get a large readership (on twitter/facebook etc) you can monetise the blog with advertising (you mention you're doing some marketing now).
It probably wont make you a millionaire but may be able to supplement any drop in earnings whilst you are training for something else - and could open up a world of opportunities.
just for an example, a dad who enjoys cooking started a blog about 18months ago which was all about him and his 2yr old son cooking, he would post recipes on his blog and also video's of him and his son cooking, simple stuff...
from that he has now got a recipe book deal, his own cookery based radio show on a bbc channel, gets invited to kids movie premiers, been on GMTV and the list goes on...don't get me wrong you need to be passionate about your blog's topic...
Thanks for the ideas. I really only have one main hobby (and not enough time for that) which is flying a microlight. I tried the idea of turning a hobby into a paying one (the idea was to cover my costs rather than to make a living) by becoming an instructor - I stuck at it for a couple of years, but realised that either a) my students had a death wish and wanted to take me with them, or b) although flying seems to come naturally to me, I did not have the innate ability to pass on my skills to others - trimming tree tops is not what the undercarriage is designed for