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I lost my job. What industry should I retrain in?

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FatimaTheBallerina · 19/10/2020 22:30

I was in the arts. What is actually a good or growing sector to move into? How would I get into “cyber”, for instance? Wink

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MutteringDarkly · 19/10/2020 22:59

Hmm, have you tried the amazing career finding tool created by our own esteemed government? I'm sure if you enter your important skills, like physical strength and ability to interpret music and rhythm, you'll be matched to suitable careers in no time - perhaps an operator of heavy machinery, such as a pile driver or jackhammer?

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titchy · 19/10/2020 23:02

Brain surgery maybe? Or car assembly?

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multivac · 19/10/2020 23:03

I hear boxers are in high demand.

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Gettingthereslowly2020 · 19/10/2020 23:03

JobCentre staff or benefits adviser?!
They are the only two I can think of apart from my own job (debt adviser)

Thought of another: coronavirus research assistant

Sorry to hear about your job, it's really shit that you've been put in this position

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SaltyAndFresh · 19/10/2020 23:05

MPs are always guaranteed an excellent income. Lots of subsidised luxury food and drink too.

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FatimaTheBallerina · 20/10/2020 09:08

Sadly I think it’s a couple of years to the next election... bit too long to wait.

Some great ideas though! Grin

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Gingerkittykat · 20/10/2020 09:12

The Government website told me I should be a cinema projectionist or coastguard, maybe you should try one of them!

Funeral director would be a safe bet right now.

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Redbirds · 20/10/2020 09:23

A teacher if you already have a degree. You can't get supply staff for love nor money currently.

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baggedforlife · 20/10/2020 09:29

Do you have any big pharmaceutical industries near you op??

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FatimaTheBallerina · 20/10/2020 09:44

Ginger ShockGrin

I will look that up bagged.

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whatever1980 · 20/10/2020 09:46

Insolvency lawyer you'll never be out of work whether in good or bad times not like property lawyers

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Alexandernevermind · 20/10/2020 09:47

If you were in the arts, could you do a business course and morph into marketing, advertising or PR?

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PurBal · 20/10/2020 09:50

I think jobs are scarce :( but going on from what PP said... Funeral Directors are angels on earth.

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MarshaBradyo · 20/10/2020 09:51

What did you do in the arts?

I know this may be a non serious thread but if you do want suggestions

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BrieAndChilli · 20/10/2020 09:57

I got told cinema projectionist (because all the shut down cinemas obviously need more staff!!) or a professional sportswoman (because at 40 and overweight with absolutely no talent or training I’ll be able to win a gold medal in no time and get bought by a sports team for millions of pounds Hmm

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ClosestThingToCrazy · 20/10/2020 10:01

As someone else in the arts with no job, the government careers service suggested I might like to be an astronomer. I'm assuming they're willing to pay for the min. 4 years training I'll need since the degrees I currently hold aren't even vaguely related.

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Tonightstheteriyakichicken · 20/10/2020 10:10

Someone I know in similar circumstances was advised to become a gas fitter.
She's looking at other options.

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nevermorelenore · 20/10/2020 12:02

I actually think working in cyber security would be cool. But the government website about working in cyber doesn't really have much information about how to go about it as a career changer. My IT skills are probably pretty out of date and the gov aren't going to fund me to do a second degree in computer science.

That online skills test thing suggested my current job to me (great except industry is dying) or construction worker, since I like making things with my hands. Not too helpful really.

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Stompythedinosaur · 20/10/2020 12:08

I used the hugh quality job finding tool - apparently I am suited to being a professional boxer or a bingo caller.

Food for thought as an overweight 40 year old who is highly qualified in nursing and a variety of therapies.

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TazMac · 20/10/2020 12:11

If you want to move into Dev (still a shortage of Developers), try something like Northcoders.

PGCE is not a bad option but I know some of my teacher friends are thinking of leaving, so you may need to do your research.

The DWP are recruiting 6,000 job coaches around the country. I think they are all 12 month contracts but could be worth doing until your specialism reopens, or maybe a longer term step into the civil service.

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BaldAndWild · 20/10/2020 12:11

I swear I found a job ad for psychics for manning phones. Any good for you?

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LonnyVonnyWilsonFrickett · 20/10/2020 12:13

I too completed the job finder tool created by our esteemed government and I got - fish fryer. I am delighted by this, as people will always want fish.

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Bluesheep8 · 20/10/2020 12:19

"The Arts" meaning what?

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Ajl46 · 20/10/2020 12:29

Health & Safety advisors are in demand see www.nebosh.org.uk/qualifications/national-general-certificate/ for details on potential qualifications

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saleorbouy · 20/10/2020 12:47

Funeral services, healthcare related, there will always unfortunately be "customers" for you. I also think tattoo removal will be a booming sector soon after the novelty value wears of some people's designs.

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