Right Job Wrong Industry

4 years ago I was desperate to get out of the job I was in. I'd had a couple of interviews with competitors in jobs that were more industry focused. First interviews were great, final interviews were disaster presentations because I had no idea what I was talking about.

Then I had an interview for the same sort of job in a different industry where the final stage was putting together a presentation. That was the moment it clicked, it wasn't the specific job that was the problem, it was the industry I was in. I almost enjoyed putting that presentation together, I certainly found it more interesting than anything I'd ever done in my career. Feedback from the presentation was good but unfortunately the job was put on hold due to Covid.

I did end up getting out of that job but to another one in the same industry which I took out of desperation. I've reached the point where I'm just as unhappy in this job as I was previously.

What's worrying is that last year was the first year in my adult life that I'd had no job interviews. 

I'm not finding that many jobs to apply to. The LinkedIn job search produces less results than it used to and they always seem to be the same companies that are of no interest to me. 

I'm not going any further in my current industry. Those who do are those who have knowledge and interest in the industry but I have neither. I've always felt like I'm in a false position and need a different job to change it. What do I do?
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  • Marcon
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    4 years ago I was desperate to get out of the job I was in. I'd had a couple of interviews with competitors in jobs that were more industry focused. First interviews were great, final interviews were disaster presentations because I had no idea what I was talking about.

    Then I had an interview for the same sort of job in a different industry where the final stage was putting together a presentation. That was the moment it clicked, it wasn't the specific job that was the problem, it was the industry I was in. I almost enjoyed putting that presentation together, I certainly found it more interesting than anything I'd ever done in my career. Feedback from the presentation was good but unfortunately the job was put on hold due to Covid.

    I did end up getting out of that job but to another one in the same industry which I took out of desperation. I've reached the point where I'm just as unhappy in this job as I was previously.

    What's worrying is that last year was the first year in my adult life that I'd had no job interviews. 

    I'm not finding that many jobs to apply to. The LinkedIn job search produces less results than it used to and they always seem to be the same companies that are of no interest to me. 

    I'm not going any further in my current industry. Those who do are those who have knowledge and interest in the industry but I have neither. I've always felt like I'm in a false position and need a different job to change it. What do I do?
    Did you follow up any of the suggestions on this lengthy thread: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6455887/sliding-doors-moment-ruined-my-life#latest
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • Mark_Glasses
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    @Marcon I'm going in at a different angle. There have been so many signs over the years that I'm in the wrong industry. When I see that someone from school who was interested in airports is now a pilot I question what am I doing with my life? The only people in the industry I make friends with are those who hate it too. Once they escape from the industry I never hear from them again.
  • Marcon
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    edited 30 January at 3:58PM
    @Marcon I'm going in at a different angle. There have been so many signs over the years that I'm in the wrong industry. When I see that someone from school who was interested in airports is now a pilot I question what am I doing with my life? The only people in the industry I make friends with are those who hate it too. Once they escape from the industry I never hear from them again.
    So you've not actually followed through on any of the suggestions in that long and laborious thread... Is there any point in anyone trying to respond on this thread? Whatever is suggested seems to be water off a duck's back, so it's hard to know how to help.

    Nothing in your life will change until you do.
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • Elliott.T123
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    Mark, while I am hesitant for the same reason Marcon has mentioned I will give this a try.

    You think that you enjoy the job but not the industry. If you want help you will need to share more info. What job do you do? Some jobs are easily transferable for example an accountant working for an electronics company could easily move into a role as an accountant working for a retail business. However others less so, engineers with a specialism in one sector will find it much harder to move industry.

    If you tell us a little more people might be able to point you towards other jobs they think are doable.

  • Archerychick
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    edited 31 January at 10:06PM
    I guess sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns so to speak. You’ve spent 4 years in an industry that you know isn’t right for you. I’m sorry if that sound harsh and I don’t mean it to be but you can’t sit back in life and expect things to land in your lap; sadly that doesn’t happen.

    Are you solely looking for roles on job portals? 

    Do you have a really clear view of what industry you want to be in & why? What are the barriers to this - are there any skill / knowledge gaps you could close off, or is it simply the availability of advertised posts?

    Could you make contact with a recruiter who specialises in that industry to seek out roles & pitch you to prospective firms? 


  • Mark_Glasses
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    @marcon I'm trying to change. In the beginning I was specific in my search and got nowhere. Then I opened myself up to rubbish and ended with rubbish. Now I'm drawing blanks like I did in the beginning.

    @Elliott.T123 it's similar to an accountant. I'd rather not say the industry in case somebody I know through work is reading and can identify me. I've known several people to switch industries in this job. In fact there's someone in a similar job at my company who came from an industry I'd love to work in.

    @Archerychick add another decade to that number and you're getting closer to how long I've been in the industry. It was 4 years ago that I realised it was the wrong industry for me. The signs were always there in hindsight.

    There's one industry that would be my preference but several that I'm open to. Some companies do specifically want industry experience but many don't. Some even put on job descriptions that industry experience is not needed. 

    I had an interview in my ideal industry in 2022. One of the people who interviewed me had previously worked in the industry I'm in now. One problem I'm finding is that none of the jobs I find look as good as that one.

    How would I approach an agency? If I get contacted by an agency about a job in my industry I respond by saying I want to move industries but then nothing.
  • 74jax
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    There's one industry that would be my preference but several that I'm open to. Some companies do specifically want industry experience but many don't. Some even put on job descriptions that industry experience is not needed. 

    I had an interview in my ideal industry in 2022. One of the people who interviewed me had previously worked in the industry I'm in now. One problem I'm finding is that none of the jobs I find look as good as that one.

    How would I approach an agency? If I get contacted by an agency about a job in my industry I respond by saying I want to move industries but then nothing.
    So what does that mean?  You don't apply or you keep looking?  

    Do you compare everything in your life, or is it just regarding your jobs / careers/ other peoples careers etc.  I'm wondering if this is bigger part of your life than just careers and if this is something that is part of you in general?
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  • Marcon
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    74jax said:

    There's one industry that would be my preference but several that I'm open to. Some companies do specifically want industry experience but many don't. Some even put on job descriptions that industry experience is not needed. 

    I had an interview in my ideal industry in 2022. One of the people who interviewed me had previously worked in the industry I'm in now. One problem I'm finding is that none of the jobs I find look as good as that one.

    How would I approach an agency? If I get contacted by an agency about a job in my industry I respond by saying I want to move industries but then nothing.
    So what does that mean?  You don't apply or you keep looking?  

    Do you compare everything in your life, or is it just regarding your jobs / careers/ other peoples careers etc.  I'm wondering if this is bigger part of your life than just careers and if this is something that is part of you in general?
    If you read this you might have your answer: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6496457/filling-but-cost-effective-lunch/p1

    OP - as suggested in previous threads, you might benefit from professional help. Change isn't easy for anyone and you seem to have a lot more trouble than many, so getting there on your own doesn't look hopeful. Simply posting here isn't 'action' - and (real) action is the only thing which will move you on. Constantly looking backwards, or comparing yourself to others, hasn't helped and won't help.

    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • Mark_Glasses
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    @74jax I've not applied for as many jobs as I should have. I keep seeing the same jobs on LinkedIn and I'm convinced they're filtering out the ones I want to apply for.

    Last night I was speaking to someone who's now retired but still takes an interest in the industry he worked in. I was telling him how much I hated the industry I was in and would love to work in an industry I at least had a vague interest in. 

    I'm in the worst industry for someone in my profession.

    @Marcon what does asking a question about lunch have to do with it?

    I've had professional help and was told that I may place too much importance on my career. When I wake up full of dread about the working day ahead every day it's difficult for work not to get me down. 
  • Archerychick
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    How would I approach an agency? I would dust off my CV, and research the key recruitment agencies who specalise in the industry you want to be in, or the role. (Agencies will typically specialise in one or the other). 

    If you have had agencies contact you about roles in the industry you don't want to be in, perhaps that's where they specalise, and why you haven't progressed those conversations. It's really hard without knowing more about what industry we are talking about or the role we are talking about.

    What I do know is that you spend too much of your time in life working, and if you're not happy (which you clearly aren't) you have to do something to change that, it won't land on your plate.

    If the roles you're looking for aren't being advertised, then you should seek to build some recruitment agency relationships. 
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