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Suggestions for a career change?

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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.'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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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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