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ToolateforER

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Get a New Career (Job) in 2018!
« on: February 05, 2018, 04:16:28 PM »
I am committing to getting a new career in 2018! I have had it with my super stressful position as a VP at a nonprofit organization and with my career, in general.

My whole career has been in the nonprofit realm (I'm a sucker for a good mission), but I'm going to broaden my scope. I'm reaching out to corporate recruiters this week to see how my skills might translate. I would definitely take another nonprofit role, but I need it to be in a different area of responsibility, even if it means I take a pay cut. I make a really good living doing what I'm doing, but it's not worth it anymore.

I've freshened up my resume and begun to quietly put the word out that I'm looking for a new opportunity. I've applied for a few jobs and even had a few phone interviews for positions I decided not to pursue (too much like my current role). It's complicated because I have a long and successful track record in my career field, but I'm just really sick of it. But, I am the "money" in my family, and we're not yet FI (got a late start), so I can't just throw in the towel or work just "for fun". My personality (money = security) means that I have a certain salary threshold I need to meet to feel comfortable.

I'm posting to see if there's anyone else who is making a career shift and who has decided that 2018 is the year.

Let's keep each other motivated to more forward!

diapasoun

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Re: Get a New Career (Job) in 2018!
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2018, 04:54:35 PM »
I too am planning on making a career shift (into technical writing). I'm looking forward to doing something I actually enjoy during the day (writing) while also making people's lives easier by making work less frustrating for them (yay documentation).

indentured4now

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Re: Get a New Career (Job) in 2018!
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 07:40:55 PM »
A wise mentor once said "Everyone has a certain level of mission and stress they can sustain."   There's little ego in happiness.   So I've begun to appreciate my corporate peers who worked in VP and Director levels who filled up their retirement plans in Manager positions mentoring the next generation or who even took individual contributor roles later on (e.g., Project Manager, Partner Relationship Manager, etc.).   They filled up their retirement plans with another 3 to 5 years of good compensation and then left on their terms.    But it's a tough pill for the ego to swallow after calling the shots at VP or above of course.   It takes grace.   So I too share the goal to make a chance from "middle Management" corporate to a role with mission and people that really speaks to me.   I've made my FIRE nut if I can just let it grow organically a few years.   Time to enjoy the fruits of 30 years of corporate I.T. life.

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Re: Get a New Career (Job) in 2018!
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2018, 01:08:18 AM »
I'm in.

I've been with the same company for over 10 years, and the same Dept for over 6 years (in 2 different roles). Golden handcuffs to a degree as I'm in a LCOLA and with a company with relatively high salaries for my field. I also have a raging case of imposter syndrome and interviewing is awful for me so I've done well moving up within my company without having to formally interview for any of my role changes.

I interviewed for a couple of jobs over the last couple of years but haven't gotten any offers, which saps at my will and motivation to try again - the rejection heightens my imposter syndrome and with two small children it sometimes doesn't seem worth the time it takes to search for opportunities, align my CV, craft covering letters, interview, follow up - complainypants much!!!

So this is the year I'm committing to making the jump. I want to move closer to our families so our kids can grow up close to grandparents and cousins so I need to bite the bullet.

My role spans a niche technical speciality, quality/management systems and people management/governance so first up I need to decide which direction to take in my search - more technical specialist, more process management or more people facing.