Starting completely over

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Starting completely over
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 11:39am

Have any of you started completely over with job/career and been successful? I am currently doing okay in my line of work (office work) but have been considering doing something entirely different that isn't even related to the field I am in. It would require going back to school for vocational training (automotive tech). I have no knowledge of the feild I have long wanted to pursue but have always been interested. My parents talked me out of it years ago and sent me to school to learn skills that were "safe".  I don't know if I would be a fool to try something like this or spend the rest of my life regretting I never gave it a try. Maybe I am having a mid-life crisis.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2003
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 6:04am

It depends on how old you are, where you live, what kind of carrier you want to start. I wouldn't trade a field that is safe, familiar and in which you have years and years of experience for a remote chance of a new start at say, 40 years of age and in a small town where there aren't all that many jobs to be had. However, I'd feel different if someone in their 20s living in a huge metropolis wanted to try something new after a few years of working in a certain field. And as far as carrier, I would cerntainly NOT change over to a carrier which would require years and years of studying/student loans/sacrifices etc. After all, a job's a job - nothing more, and really should not be taken all THAT seriously, IMHO, unless you are anythign to do with saving people's lives, or an astronaut....

Community Leader
Registered: 01-03-2004
Wed, 07-30-2014 - 8:52pm

i've successfully changed careers five times in my working life. Here's my advice:

1)Do you know anyone who is an automotive tech? Or owns a garage? Or loves fixing cars? If so, go talk to them. In fact, ask to hang out with them for a work day and see what their job is really like. There's no better way to find out what a job or career is really like than spending the time checking it out before you invest one dollar in school. In fact, I'd suggest you find a woman auto tech and ask her what she likes or dislikes about the profession, what she'd recommend, or what she'd do differently.

2)Have you thought about going to work for a garage or car dealer in their office? It's like putting yourself on the front row of the industry you are interested in working in. You use the skills you haven to work in the environment you like. Plus, you'll have a great chance to gain your skills in your new profession while practicing your current profession.

3) get a part-time job in a auto parts store to get another perspective on the automotive industry. 

bottom line: you have transferable skills that will serve you well in another field. Determine what those are and how to show they apply to the job or industry you want to enter. Talk to people doing what you are interested in doing and spend time with someone in that industry before committing time and money to training.

you'll be glad you did.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-13-2011
Thu, 07-31-2014 - 8:33am

Is it something that you could learn and start part time while learning and still working your current job. I know that would be hard but it would give you some security. It seems like now days people are changing careers a lot ..with the way the world is most people have more than one career during their working lives.


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