i had a career change 5 years ago now but diffence being mine was forced. i used to work as an electric vehicle service engineer and was on good money. then i had a very bad motorbike crash that ment i was never going to be able to do the job i was doing. i had 2 years off but one day saw a job advertised with in the police force for a driver/ genneral assistant didnt get the job that i went for but got offered a temp place doing same job at a differnt site ttook the job although didnt expect it to last long as was only covering long term sick leave. i love the job as i get out and about everyday going around different stations and also have met some great people. have now been working for them on a perm contract for just over 6 months and the hours are great start at 7 and finish at 3 so i get home to have plenty of time with my gorgeous new daughter. only one down side to the job and thats i had to take over 10K pay cut but it was the best thing to ever happen to me and you do get used to being on less money so dont let the money side of things put you off and if you can find something within the police force they are very good to work for. and they have a very wide range of jobs on offer
well finally did it (actually was fairly easy) - handed my notice in yesterday. Going to a new job at the end of the month, still doing the same sort of thing, but in a more constructive environment - going from a company which sells marketing data (nothing against the company, it's just that that function never really quite sat well with me) to one that makes and sells chocolate lol:
And I got a very decent salary jump as an added bonus. A good end to the year and start to this one.
actd wrote: Has anyone on here undergone a (voluntary) radical career change? If so, how did you go about deciding what you wanted to do?(
Yes. I used to manage print shops many many years ago. I was good at what I did and very secure; walking in and out of jobs, pretty much as I pleased, during times of recession. But I got to the end (for various reasons), so threw it away and went to university instead.
How did I decide? I said to myself "If I'm going to throw away a career that is so secure, I'm good at and I have enjoyed for years, then I am going to go the whole hog and train in something I want to do for fun ...and no other motivation". It was a sort of in for a penny/sh** or bust approach. Anyway, 17 years later, I'm still here, married, nice house, 4 kids ...so I guess it must have worked out, somewhere along the line.