Career Change?

Smurf

Auld Enuff Tae Know Better This Radge
Anyone successfully changed career direction?

I've been in sales for nearly 28 years. Pretty much hunting day in day out and I've totally had enough of it. Been getting me down the past few years and truth be told it's making me feel depressed.

Feeling hopeless as I feel trapped. I'd love to do something completely different but at a loss of what to do. Aged 44 next month I'm feeling pressure!

Anyone successfully changed career direction with any pointers?
 

egb_hibs

Auld Enuff Tae Know Better This Radge
Tough one and I wish you the best of luck. Also interested to see how you get on as the thought crosses my mind often enough. The problem is I still have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, and going back to a trainee's earnings is a non starter.
 

Dub

Hibernian, Hibernian Ra Ra Radge
Anyone successfully changed career direction?

I've been in sales for nearly 28 years. Pretty much hunting day in day out and I've totally had enough of it. Been getting me down the past few years and truth be told it's making me feel depressed.

Feeling hopeless as I feel trapped. I'd love to do something completely different but at a loss of what to do. Aged 44 next month I'm feeling pressure!

Anyone successfully changed career direction with any pointers?

I thought you were enjoying your new job K.

Anyway I went from Repo man'collections rep to sales rep to office manager almost seamlessly through my life in work, all at different companies so no inhouse changes.
 

Stu

Maple Leaf Radge
I changed my career in my forties. if nothing comes readily to mind - and in fairness, it really depends on the kind of new career interest you have - perhaps it might be an idea to consider an area and look into the idea of volunteering. i found that putting myself in a new environment made me aware of opportunities and channels I didn't before know of.
 

Beagle

Donator
I changed career in my 50s. Went from being a full time copper to a part time hospital porter. Polis pension is a nice cushion mind you
 

Weehibbydrew

Mussel-bound Radge
My late dad was an accountant, but gave it up at the age of 40 to go to university and retrain as a teacher. The last 20 years of his working life were good ones.
 

emerald green

Well-Known Radge
Anyone successfully changed career direction?

I've been in sales for nearly 28 years. Pretty much hunting day in day out and I've totally had enough of it. Been getting me down the past few years and truth be told it's making me feel depressed.

Feeling hopeless as I feel trapped. I'd love to do something completely different but at a loss of what to do. Aged 44 next month I'm feeling pressure!

Anyone successfully changed career direction with any pointers?

Tough one and I wish you the best of luck. Also interested to see how you get on as the thought crosses my mind often enough. The problem is I still have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, and going back to a trainee's earnings is a non starter.


K, I could have written your OP word for word, and M, the bit in bold - I'm still there. At 43.

I have an NHS job which in many ways is fairly cushy compared to loads of other professions, but in reality im in a post which isnae really going anywhere. Brutal.

Good luck on your search Smurf.
 

Robert Barone

Well-Known Radge
Anyone successfully changed career direction?

I've been in sales for nearly 28 years. Pretty much hunting day in day out and I've totally had enough of it. Been getting me down the past few years and truth be told it's making me feel depressed.

Feeling hopeless as I feel trapped. I'd love to do something completely different but at a loss of what to do. Aged 44 next month I'm feeling pressure!

Anyone successfully changed career direction with any pointers?

Pretty much feel exactly the same as you, been in Investment Ops near enough my full career and its a horrible place to be the last half a dozen years. Like you the idea of change seems attractive but the financial pressures and to be honest the thought of starting again are the main reasons I haven't followed it through.

Few mates have gone down the Project Management/Analyst route. If you have the gift of the gab are decent with presentations and process analysis it seems to pay well enough if you set up as your own company. Mostly contract work tho so if your worried about long term prospects it may not be ideal.

Good luck with it tho - I hope you find something you enjoy - there must be more to life than just punching the clock each day.
 

Davy

get off yer bum an sing radge
Was near enough 30 when I moved from jobs like, security, van delivery, building sites etc into care work. Worked with adults with learning difficulties, care in the community and visiting support. Had a couple of rotten jobs through this but most have been great and I have no intention moving from current job in homeless services

Might not have the same wage though as you.

One of my sons worked for years with McDonalds and got to asst manager, he currently works with Aldis doing same job and is in line for promotion to full manager. They pay managers £43k starting wage rising to £50k Lidls pay is I think £35k plus company car
 

blue toon hibby

Hungry Radge
I changed career in my 50s. Went from being a full time copper to a part time hospital porter. Polis pension is a nice cushion mind you

Likewise, after 30 years offshore and 36 years with one company, I am approaching 60 and working a 40 hour week for the first time since I was 20 years old - best thing I ever did and 40 hours is part time compared to the hours I worked before. Working for a family business where there are no politics, no egos, no bullshit and a lot of laughs. Like you though, my pension is a nice cushion in that the regular bills are all taken care of.
 

Greenmachine

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
33 years in the Civil Service....yes, I would love to change career and do something different now but at 52 I'm extremely unlikely to find anything else that pays as well. I didn't have a clue what I wanted to do when I was a teenager so ended up working in an office. It's not really been a career as such as I have only been promoted twice in all that time and have been in the same grade for about 25 years. Part of that is my own fault because work has never been a big thing in my life and I have never been one to desperately try to climb the career ladder. We have had a few voluntary exit schemes in our place in recent years and if they have another one I might be tempted as I will hopefully have paid off my mortgage in 2017, but I just don't have the self confidence I'm afraid to take a leap in the dark like that at my stage of life. I don't have many qualifications to my name and to be honest I'm not much good at anything else. Just seeing my time out till retirement whenever the hell that will be.
 

hibadelic

Radge-a-Casblanca
Have you thought about a detour rather than a complete change? Maybe sales in a different industry or marketing in an industry you know well?
 

Jack

Aulder Than The Internet This Radge
I changed career in my 50s. Went from being a full time copper to a part time hospital porter. Polis pension is a nice cushion mind you

Likewise, after 30 years offshore and 36 years with one company, I am approaching 60 and working a 40 hour week for the first time since I was 20 years old - best thing I ever did and 40 hours is part time compared to the hours I worked before. Working for a family business where there are no politics, no egos, no bullshit and a lot of laughs. Like you though, my pension is a nice cushion in that the regular bills are all taken care of.

I think most know my situation, retired from the civil service at 55.

The job I have I got was almost by accident!

I enjoy driving so it suited me to a T and absolutely no pressure. The hours mean the pay is akin to the old age pension so that when I give up there'll be no loss. It's also been agreed that extra holidays, without pay, is an option when I go on adventures. Pig in shit!

I lost the plot doing what I was doing, I suspect I'd have joined the 2016 celebrity death roll if I'd carried on doing what I was doing.

Smurf
Think about something you enjoy doing and do that. Even full time I'd enjoy driving but it would have probably been driving a private coach type thing and would have been prepared to fund getting a licence myself, although there's companies out there that will help with all of some of the cost.

I did think about becoming a consultant in my previous line of work, which I was passionate about, but then why put myself through what was killing me?
 

egb_hibs

Auld Enuff Tae Know Better This Radge
Have you thought about a detour rather than a complete change? Maybe sales in a different industry or marketing in an industry you know well?

This is a good idea. You could also consider using your experience in different ways. For example, project or IT analysis or testing in the context of sales or customer relationship management systems. If you can live with the instability of contract work that could pay handsomely.
 

kevinc

Just A Radge
I changed from retail to financial services in my late 30's, then to IT/Service Management in my mid 40's, I panicked both times but you can do anything (within reason)if you believe in yourself. Skills can be learned , capability and ethics are innate.
 

oo2beahibby

Hibsterical Radge
For what it's worth, I changed from public to private sector just over 6 years ago, albeit doing the same thing as a data privacy specialist. On balance, I'm glad I did.

All I can offer by way of guidance is that if you decide to change career path, make sure you do your research on potential alternative careers, choose what career/vocation you think is best for you and fully commit yourself to the change you're making.

Good luck, K.
 

HenryLB

Donator
My late dad was an accountant, but gave it up at the age of 40 to go to university and retrain as a teacher. The last 20 years of his working life were good ones.

Yeah second that. Mate of mine packed in being a tabloid journalist and became a teacher in his mid thirties. Loves his work now.

For what it's worth [MENTION=2693]Smurf[/MENTION] what I would say is that if you really hate what you do, don't underestimate how much a change can work wonders for your happiness. But also be aware that most jobs are pretty similar, so you do really need to actually change. I went from project management in construction to advertising production which are massively different industries with very different people in them, and the actual work was almost exactly the same. Weirdly.
 

egb_hibs

Auld Enuff Tae Know Better This Radge
Yeah second that. Mate of mine packed in being a tabloid journalist and became a teacher in his mid thirties. Loves his work now.

For what it's worth [MENTION=2693]Smurf[/MENTION] what I would say is that if you really hate what you do, don't underestimate how much a change can work wonders for your happiness. But also be aware that most jobs are pretty similar, so you do really need to actually change. I went from project management in construction to advertising production which are massively different industries with very different people in them, and the actual work was almost exactly the same. Weirdly.

Changed you into a pinko though H, I guess that must be the different type of people :wink:

In all seriousness that's an interesting point you make; presumably they are both basically project management jobs despite the change in title?
 
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