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Old 07-09-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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I am 40 and seriously want to change my career. For the past 15 years I have been in the same field doing the same thing. I would like to get some new training/schooling and do something different. Anyone older out there have experiences to share?
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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gonna be hard to change careers here. SA's job market is not on the same pace as its population growth
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Old 07-09-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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One of my co-workers just turned 50 this last month, and he went from Production/Manufacturing into doing Security inspections for the Government.

If you're willing to take a pay cut (and he did) to change careers... the options are only limited by you.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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I've changed careers twice here in San Antonio and the city has been good to me. I had to go back and get a different degree but it was worth it.

Right now, job opportunities don't look so good. We're experiencing a delayed effect from the economic downturn, but all the politicos want you to believe things are great. But I do consider career change a good indicator of personal growth.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:26 PM
 
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You did not say what you have been doing for the past 15 years. However, school districts need math and science teachers. Some are even paying bonuses to get them. You may look into an Alternative Certification program, through Education Service Center, Region 20 or UTSA. Starting pay is decent, summers off if you so choose.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:48 PM
 
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My wife has been unemployed since she graduated college in 2008. She absolutely cannot find a job with her current degree.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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You did not say what you have been doing for the past 15 years. However, school districts need math and science teachers. Some are even paying bonuses to get them. You may look into an Alternative Certification program, through Education Service Center, Region 20 or UTSA. Starting pay is decent, summers off if you so choose.
I'd shy away from that route as many people have that idea.

Many applicants, few teaching jobs

Having a good plan of action in going back to school or training I think is the best way to go. Knowing what you want to do and where you want to go is a good idea. Do you want to be a banker, a non-profit CEO, a stylist, a mechanic, etc.

Just saying 'Well, i want to go to UTSA to better myself because I'm bored/unsatisfied with my current position" won't help as many people do that. You have to think in terms of the return of investment. Will it be worth it to go do what you are doing emotionally or financially? That's what is holding me back from my Masters, the ROI.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:17 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My wife has been unemployed since she graduated college in 2008. She absolutely cannot find a job with her current degree.
What's your wife's degree in? What is she wanting to do?
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Default Maybe Later!

Maybe by the time you get out of school things will pick up. I am 50 and was sick till I could have screamed of my job .... so like an idiot I quit. (Had sufficient reserve funds or I wouldn't have done such) What I found was I have a degree that won't transfer to any other field. SOOO, I decided to go back to school to get my LVN. If you are in a hospital setting, the pay is just about as good as teaching (what I was doing). Then I learned that hospitals (in Texas anyway) are doing away with LVNs in the hospital. More efficient to have only RNs. Soooo I'm back to teaching. Don't get me wrong, I love the kids. If I could shut my door and just teach all day and not have to deal with political agendas it would all be good. That's my experience ... hope it helped.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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My wife has been unemployed since she graduated college in 2008. She absolutely cannot find a job with her current degree.
Same here I graduated in 08 from utsa and I still can't find a job. Good luck to your wife. I hope she finds one soon. What was her major?
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