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Old 07-11-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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Ever changed careers?

I'm at a point where I'm wondering if I should switch careers. I have a finance degree and an mba, but ended up working in accounting. I don't hate my job, but I just don't love it. After 6 years of being in the same position and company, I'm ready for a change. Problem is I just don't know if I should stay in the accounting field, try to switch over to finance, or do something totally different. I've thought about a couple of different options (studying for the CMA, studying to become an actuary, and even crazy ideas like going into IT and getting some kind of certification). I feel like my mind is just all over the place and I don't know how to really figure out what I want to do.

Has any one ever changed careers? How did you decide to do it and how did you actually do it? Was it worth it?
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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I'd start by trying to pinpoint what it is about my current job I like and what I don't like, and what I'd be looking for in a new career.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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I changed my career path once. I started out going through jr college for an Elementary Education Degree now I'm working my way through nursing school. It was the best decision I vet made. I looked at the money & hiring potential. Nurses were more in demand.

Take a look at what your doing now. If your truly not happy you never will be. I have a friend who is a nurse who is burnt out & hateful about her job now. Who knows it may just be where your working & not the job itself.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:28 AM   #4
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Was a special ed teacher then went back and got my masters and I'm now a librarian (not media specialist so out of the school setting).

I did it in my 30's as I knew that I did not want to have a career change after 40.

I was lucky that my family knew I wanted to switch careers and they supported me quitting the school setting and spending two years going after my degree while working part time. Mostly emotional support but my brother paid for two sememsters of classes (not books or anything else just the actual classes), and my mom got me a cell phone since I was commuting and would also buy me groceries once a month.

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Old 07-11-2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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I'm in my 60's now so have slowed down in the career changing.

After high school I had a short stint as an interstate truck driver. Then became a firefighter for 9 years. Next I was a police officer for 7 years. Next up was an accident investigator for an insurance company for another 7 years. I then spent 7 years as a stay at home dad (best job so far) and right now I've been an insurance agent for 13 years. I retire in 8 months.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #6
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I earned a BS in Accounting and worked as a tax auditor for years. In 2008 I returned to school for a year to earn a BS in Elementary Education. I then started my career as a 5th grade teacher.
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Old 07-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by luvmy2sams View Post
I earned a BS in Accounting and worked as a tax auditor for years. In 2008 I returned to school for a year to earn a BS in Elementary Education. I then started my career as a 5th grade teacher.
You just described exactly what I want to do. I'm a tax analyst, but want to make the switch over to teaching. I took our state test for Middle and High school math, so I'm licensed, but the pay cut would be tough
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:28 PM   #8
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I am currently a nurse and have been in my profession for 30 years.

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Old 07-11-2013, 05:34 PM   #9
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My DH did in his late 20's. He got a B.S. in Soil Science and worked for an agro-lawn care company for awhile. He hated that, so went into teaching (middle school science...took night classes to get his teaching certification,
while teaching...this was allowed in Texas at the time....late 80's).

He was teaching when we met, and after we got married, he decided he wanted something that would support our family in the event I decided to be a SAHM (which I eventually did). He went back to grad school and got a M.S. in Soil Science. He entered the world of environmental, health and safety for the oil and gas industry. He has worked his way up over the years, and now pulls in a VERY nice salary in an industry that hasn't slowed down, and will not slow down for the foreseeable future (oil and gas/energy). He loves his job, and makes almost 10 times what he made as a teacher. Very good move for him.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:11 PM   #10
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My first career was as a newspaper reporter. After I had my son, I decided the hours weren't family friendly so I went back to school and got my masters and teaching certificate. I teach middle school, and I love it. Everyday is aways different and challenging. Honestly, the salary isn't bad -- close to six figures.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:22 PM   #11
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My first full-time job was as a secretary, then I moved into computer programming (back in the days of COBOL). Then I became a SAHM. Once the kids were in school, I went back to school for elementary education. Decided I really was not cut out to be a teacher, so I switched my major to Geography, with an emphasis on land use planning. I've been working as a land use planner for nearly 20 years. It was the best career change ever - for me at least, my kids think its boring.
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I worked in advertising for 11 years, then stayed home with my kids or a few years. After that I went back to school and now teach special ed.

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I have had a handful of different career paths in the same industry/company. Are there options in your current company to move into a different career path? If so, that is what I would look in to.good luck!!!!
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:09 AM   #14
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I'm thinking about it. I got a Master's in a Liberal Arts field, and now I'm teaching. I think I'd like to go back to school to become a veterinarian. It's what I thought I'd be when I was a kid, I don't even know how I got where I am really. I already did the calculus, now all I need is all the science prerequisites

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Old 07-12-2013, 08:41 PM   #15
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Change...it's good for the soul.

I got a degree in Business Administration. The trouble with that type of degree is that it is a broad definition that fits into many specific knowledge's.
I never knew what career I wanted to focus on, so I didn't focus on any of them. I started out as a Retail Store Manager. I then changed to the Printing and Publishing business. Completely new field to be absorbed. After a number of years of that, I bought a Residential Care Home. My wife and I operated it until she decided she didn't like it anymore and I spent the next 14 years operating it. Administering medications, counseling, cleaning, cooking, shopping, bookkeeping, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, painting, wallpapering, laundry, you name it. When I closed the business, I went into Accounting for about 5 years. That wasn't much of a stretch because accounting is accounting no matter where you are. Just different numbers and parameters to follow. I didn't care for that much, I found it way too defined, no freedom to change things. Accounting is not for wannabe rebels. At age 55, I decided that I had enough of management and trained to be a bus driver. I worked as a municipal bus driver for a few years and then when an opportunity to move into management in that field arose, I went for it and got the job. I retired from that occupation. I now still drive occasionally just for something to do when I'm not playing golf.

I never regretted changing around. It caused me to almost start over many times, but I learned a lot of things and became a jack of all trades, but, master of none. I know now that if I had it to do all over again, I wouldn't do anything different than how I did it. I didn't plan it that way, I just let things happen and didn't worry about it. I raised two wonderful daughters and somehow got them through college. I'm not wealthy like I might be if I had stuck with one thing until I became an absolute expert on whatever I choose. But I'm comfortable and happy with how my life has gone.

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