Want to go for diff't career but scared

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Registered: 02-18-2007
Want to go for diff't career but scared
Sat, 08-04-2007 - 8:18am

Hi there,

I'm new to the board and hope to find some encouragement/kick in the pants. :)
I'm exploring transitioning to pharmaceutical sales and feel a lot of
stress over this whole thought of doing something totally different than
I've ever done (my degree is chemistry and I've just worked in labs or
as of right now do technical editing - quiet non-selling jobs). I've reworked my resume and given it to 4 people for feedback, bought and read a book about getting into pharm sales, and will be riding with my dh soon for the day to see what the day would be like (he's not in pharm sales but is in med sales which would be similar). But there's just a LOT of inner anxiety over this for me. I want to grow as a person and be able to take a chance rather than play it safe and be unhappy at what I'm doing. I have two small kids
and also think about what example am I setting for them. But I am scared.
I've never would have called myself outgoing which is what would be needed. I'm well-rounded and get along with most anyone though and feel I can do the job if I could
pull together enough confidence.

Anyhow, thanks for letting me share my crazy thoughts here!


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Registered: 03-19-2003
Sat, 08-04-2007 - 12:15pm
Sigh... there was a problem withsomething and my laptop rebooted itself, without warning, just as I was about to press the post button.

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Registered: 02-18-2007
Mon, 08-06-2007 - 12:20pm

Thank you!

And funnily enough I think I said the same things
to my husband that you mentioned when he transitioned
careers about 4 yrs ago. The point you made about
not wondering "what if" hit home especially. Thanks
for "the push". :)