Life Changing Decision

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    Nov 06, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    Just realized this might be a good place to get some feedback. I am contemplating a career change which is a huge step for me. I’m working with a career coach and the final conclusions of my investigation are leading me toward a career as a policy analyst or advocate in the healthcare industry (preventive medicine) or non profit for GBLT causes. I want to make this career or a facsimile of it, a reality. The last 15 years with my present employer has been good but I’m ready for a fresh opportunity and want to make sure it is a right fit for me. What conventional and non-conventional ideas might you have that will assist me in making this dream come true? Feel free to think outside the box. Nothing is too off the wall. Do you know anyone who is doing my dream job or something related to it? Thanks!
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    Nov 06, 2010 10:04 PM GMT
    I have no experience in any of your career choices, but I have one word of advice that I used to pursue my own childhood dream of being a professional pilot: When you're ready to give up everything you have to pursue one career, you know that's the right career choice for you.
  • Ironman4U

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    Nov 06, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
    Follow your passion, the rest will come.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Nov 06, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    Health Care! Hands down. I was in it and loved it, then tried something I thought would be better for me, then came back with a new energy and enlightenment and enjoyment. Go put on a skimpy hospital gown and wander around a hospital with your butt hanging out, just to get a feeling for what it's like to be a patient and having your future in other peoples' hands. There is nothing more rewarding than being the guy who is helping make those people feel better, and have a healthy outcome.
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    Nov 06, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    you need a career coach to find a dream job?...shouldn't that be like....YOUR DREAM???
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    Nov 06, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    I agree with what was said above. You also might want to do some volunteer work for a non profit or a glbt office in your area or HRC. that way you can see how they are run and if that is the right thing for you. Plus there are volunteer opportunities on the other areas you described too. This could get your foot in the door.
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    Nov 06, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    ...follow your heart and the money will follow......icon_biggrin.gif
    GOOD LUCK!
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    Nov 07, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    BuckYou saidyou need a career coach to find a dream job?...shouldn't that be like....YOUR DREAM???
    Not necessarily. Some people have more than one dream.
    For me it was a tossup between flying, photography, and music.
    I went for the one that I was willing to sacrifice everything else for.
    Now I do them all.
    However, if flying were to be taken away permanently (which it almost was recently) everything else would fall apart.
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    Nov 07, 2010 1:28 AM GMT
    I would like to pipe in here with something that you should consider. If you switch career you move to the bottom in your new career. I hated my career until I reached a point where I was the boss. Then I was determining where I would be and when I would work. Have you considered that you will be giving up a lot of seniority and may not like your new boss?

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    Nov 07, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    Consider how your existing knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques might apply in the environment that you are seeking.

    Also, taking on high-value, strategically targeted volunteer commitments can give you the experience to come into the sector at a higher level once you make a full transition.

    You can also change your "work/life" balance with your existing career and work just enough to pay the bills, so that you can choose the volunteer commitments in the not-for-profit sector. I've found that my volunteer commitments are more meaningful and manageable when I choose what kind of contribution I want to make.