Suggestions for a career change?

(41 Posts)
Roma2013 Fri 21-Jun-13 20:04:02

Really fed up with the lack of opportunities for a permanent full-time appointment in academia. Need to rethink/retrain. This is the situation:

1. I have done nothing except university lecturing - and being a full time SAHM. I'm not sure I know the full range of possible - if any - jobs available in other working environments

2. I have a good (ish) degree and PhD in English

3. I am old (think 50 hmm)

4. I would like to earn £40k p.a.

5. Am happy to spend a few years retraining but would like to fast-track as quickly as possible.

6. Am better working as a team than in isolation

7. Not especially numerate; am good at brainstorming.

...it's not looking promising really is it?

WidowWadman Sun 23-Jun-13 12:35:10

quietbatperson - I wouldn't recommend Procurement to someone who describes themselves as "not numerate".

Phineyj Sun 23-Jun-13 12:45:24

married I think it seems simpler when you look back on it? I retrained too & it's taken about 3 years from making the decision to feel I'm on a career track again and earning reasonable money (I'm 40) but at the time it was quite daunting. I had at least done a variety of jobs and been in the workplace continuously - OP has only done one and has had time out.

TwasBrillig Sun 23-Jun-13 13:04:00

What did you retrain as phineyj?

It does seem that if you miss the boat with graduate training schemes it can be hard to find a way in to large companies without competing with graduates at the bottom. A lot of retraining seems to be public sector for a specific role - social worker, ot, teacher, nurse, doctor. And then possibly lawyer or accountant.

There must be more?

RowanMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 23-Jun-13 13:35:51

Hi there

This isn't really an AIBU, so we've moved it to 'Going Back to Work'. Best of luck to the OP.

Arisbottle Sun 23-Jun-13 13:42:33

I would say teaching, I managed to get to about 50k in under ten years.

quietbatperson Sun 23-Jun-13 19:52:34

WidowWadman it depends on level of numeracy - I get by happily on my GCSE maths and the OP may have a higher standard in mind than that given the level that some of her colleagues will be working at. Good with Excel is as much of a necessary as anything.

OP most people get in to Procurement through Supplier Relationship Management. The qualifications come as you do the job and are in Supply Chain Management and are often NVQs. WidowWadman's concern about numeracy is a valid one though and you would need to be able to do some maths to work out who the winner of a tender is, or apply an inflationary increase to a contract, or discuss non-delivery of services and work out any contract price adjustments. If you really are hopeless with numbers Procurement wouldn't be for you.

WidowWadman Sun 23-Jun-13 20:04:08

quietbatperson - I work in procurement and love it. Numeracy is a key skill. Yes, there's (sadly) quite a few people who work in procurement who are not very good at maths - which means normally expensive mistakes, worse deals, poor forecasting, completely not understanding costings etc.

Roma2013 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:04:56

Given the numeracy issue, looks like Procurement is out. Aris, what level/discipline of teaching are you at to earn 50k?

Roma2013 Sun 23-Jun-13 21:08:24

I'm not sure about a sideways move at university level. I could have a look at that I guess. Something university management related, perhaps?

Arisbottle Sun 23-Jun-13 21:13:10

I am a member of the senior management team, started off as a fast track teacher.

Arisbottle Sun 23-Jun-13 21:13:40

Not fast track, teach first .

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 23-Jun-13 21:23:38

I think you sometimes have to go sideways to gain the foundation to move forward from. As a lecturer what have you been managing? Programme convenor etc? If you haven't why do you think you can move directly into a management role? The competition may have been doing a more relevant job - why do you think you should be appointed? What marks you outas better than the competition? Not rying to be nasty - just tryng to focus you on the interviews!

Arisbottle Sun 23-Jun-13 22:17:07

When I took a career change I had to start right at the bottom again and took a huge pay cut. I agree with married.

Roma2013 Mon 24-Jun-13 09:00:11

I'd be prepared to work my way up to management. It's just that I would want to do it quickly, given my age. Those questions are good, married and have made me think. I haven't been Programme convenor but I have managed staff within an (admittedly small) team. I've ran a household and juggled alot ('stupidly hopeful' emoticon)

Bonsoir Mon 24-Jun-13 09:05:18

Recruitment consultant in the education sector.

Roma2013 Mon 24-Jun-13 15:10:19

Recruitment Consultant in Education Sector? That may be possible. Does anyone have this line of work who could tell me detailed information about it?

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