Many Tried To Change Careers (Main Board)

by IT guy, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 00:33 (19 days ago) @ Hillarys Colon

Knew people that did the following:

One got a masters in marketing. Ask me if he was able to get a job in marketing at 40 years old. NOPE. Back to IT.


One got a masters in accounting. Both accounting and finance have H1Bs just like IT. Back to IT.

I actually thought about this. I recall a guy on crazyontap (I think his name was Peter) who was on this very path. My dad suggested it as well. With that being said, I'm glad I decided not go this route. It more than likely would have been a waste of time and money.

One tried to start a PC business targeting small businesses, doctors, dentists. Clients are cheap and dont want to pay and second the space already has tons of people in it. Failed. Back to IT.

This is another suggestion that my dad made. After doing research and seeing this exact type of feedback from people who have been burned, I decided it's better to just have a job if working in this field.

One transitioned out of IT into some some marketing area via the hookup. Survived but eventually punched out and got trained in fitness and personal training. Is much happier. Still in it and was doing quite well until the pandemic.

Now this is something I've actually seriously considered as I have interest in the fitness industry. I have read about others' experiences and this is not a recession-proof career. Might be a bit age-ist as well. Haven't completely ruled it out though. Is he still getting by or did the pandemic do him in for the time being? Seems that the gyms have reopened in most states.

One left IT to go into general contracting and home repair. Did well as he knew what he was doing as had prior background in construction due to his family. Still in construction and owns a business. Now he is the boss.

How old was he when he made the transition? Seems this does require prior experience or family connections. I can't see someone 40+ successfully transitioning to this field or any trade, but stranger things have happened.

Many transitioned into IT PM/BA roles.

That's kinda where I'm at - in a BA/database/software dev/IT support hybrid role. The money isn't lucrative but it's a living.

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