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    • Liberal123
    • By Liberal123 10th Jan 19, 9:37 PM
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    Career change
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    • 10th Jan 19, 9:37 PM
    Career change 10th Jan 19 at 9:37 PM
    Ok here goes. Since graduating from university over 15 years ago Iíve focused on a career in marketing as itís what I enjoyed. Initially it started off really well, as I enjoyed what I was doing.

    A redundancy, a few contract and permanent roles later Iíve come to the conclusion that marketing isnít for me. Iíve been in a role for a while now but finally quit due to losing my passion for communications and personal reasons.

    Iím now looking to change careers as my mental wellbeing and family life is much more important. Does anybody have any experience of making the transition into another field? Iím a more project management and strategy type of person so Iím looking in those type of areas. I guess the beauty of marketing is that thereís lots of transferable skills that I can demonstrate.

    Did anybody have to take a pay cut? What are your thoughts on career change, is this common? Any help, advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    • jonnygee2
    • By jonnygee2 10th Jan 19, 10:00 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 10:00 PM
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    • 10th Jan 19, 10:00 PM
    Yep, took a big one a few years ago, with one hell of a pay cut too.

    Didn't actually work out for me. It was infuriating working several levels below where I'd been before. I felt useless, which was a foreign feeling to me, and honestly couldn't live on the salary I was on (I'd thought I could, but when it came to it I couldn't).

    Still, I wouldn't say I lost anything. About a year later something else came along which was back in my old field (and at my old level!) and I went back. So I'd still say go for it, there's a lot of fear about changing jobs etc, but really there's not much to lose.

    I guess this has crossed you mind, but a lot of marketing departments have project managers! So maybe you don't really need a complete change, just a re-positioning?
    • Liberal123
    • By Liberal123 11th Jan 19, 8:15 AM
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    • 11th Jan 19, 8:15 AM
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    • 11th Jan 19, 8:15 AM
    I’m now looking to flex my wings, maybe even do some short courses in other areas. I’m glad I did take this step as I was suffering mentally and I’m feeling so much better now.
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