Who has gone through a career change?

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  1. dezymond

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    For those that did switch (and switch multiple times), how the heck did you get into another field. Connections?
     
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    It depends on what you're looking to get into.
    In reality, it all boils down to drive and determination. Whatever field you're interested in, speak to person in charge and SELL yourself. You may need to start at the bottom and work your way up, but once you show them you're a hard worker and take pride in what you do, you'll quickly advance.

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    Most of the jobs I've had were customer service related, so those were easy to get. As for management positions, I worked my way up to Manager from regular employee at the Movie Theater. After that, it was just a matter of selling myself as capable of being an assistant manager somewhere like that with more employees than any of the places I've applied for management positions at since.

    Construction, that was my cousin's business, but I had experience building sets for a theater group, so at least I knew my way around the required tools, if nothing else, so I played that up.

    Aircraft, I played up the whole working with tools thing even further.

    Like cr6 said, sell yourself. You definitely don't want to make it look like you know/can do more than you actually can, but make darn sure that they feel like you're confident in what you DO know and willing and capable of learning anything else that you might need.
     
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    Education, if you don't need to jump in a hurry, find your interests, and take some adult night school courses, it can help you determine your interests better and give you some direction for the right connections.
     
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    Excellent advice.

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    True. I came upon my current profession only after returning to school.
     
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    Not only is education helpful for future direction, it's excellent to further a current career. You can meet people that are doing and thinking the same as you.
    Also, I can't believe I'm going to list this, but LinkedIn can be beneficial, Networking is essential, not only an IT word, I use it all the time in Construction. Many times, if not most times, it's not what you know, but who you know... An Old but true statement.
     
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    Absolutely. It also looks good on your resume. Even if the class you're taking is completely different from the field you're currently in. It helps show an employer that you're taking the initiative and working to better yourself.

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    Before my first round of college, my dad always used to tell me about a guy he knew who had a degree in botany or something similar who worked as an engineer.

    Having education under your belt, even if it doesn't apply directly to your desired field, shows that you're trainable & willing to put in effort.

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    I'd be willing to bet that 20-50% of degrees don't match the current occupation, but it broadens your view, and you get to meet interesting people or at least watch the loons;) (speaking of extended education that is...)
     
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    Excellent advice in this thread, and extremely helpful. More education is most likely in the cards for me, whether it be the field I'm in now, or a different one.

    I'll try to sell myself to different fields for now and see if it takes me anywhere.
     
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    Good luck on your search, it's not always money that drives a career choice, and in many ways shouldn't be. Money is great and provides some temporary satisfaction, but loving what you do, and having more in life than your work that will make you complete.
    Good thoughts and prayers for your journey.