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Old 06-24-2019, 03:58 PM
 
Location: USA
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Over the past few years, I've taken a great interest in learning about buildings. I've worked in the hotel/resort industry (not for actual hotels and resorts, but third-party companies that
partner with them) since graduating from college in 2007.

My first two jobs involved writing descriptions for hotels, which I found enjoyable. The main issue with those jobs was the low pay.

Now I work for a timeshare company, but my job/dept doesn't get involved in promoting properties. We focus solely on membership initiatives.

Everytime we go on vacation, I visit historic cities just so I can gawk at historic buildings/architecture.

My experience lies in copywriting/content writing, but I'm willing to flex my muscles and venture into different areas (law, finance, proposals, etc.) should those opportunities present themselves.

So what careers entail working with buildings? The first that come to mind are:

Architecture
Construction
Real estate
Housing services
Property management
Urban planning

Any jobs you think I should look into based upon my background? The ideal would be something that couples marketing and architecture/real estate/construction, but I want it to involve dealing with the properties themselves.

I'm just looking to see if I can parlay my interest in buildings into a career. I'm 34 years old and wonder if it's too late to shift gears a bit.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:40 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Commercial/industrial real estate involve some not only showing and leasing properties, but also negotiating for tenant improvements and build to suit. Some of the companies will have properties in historic areas. There are many jobs in bigger companies, including for example:

Maintenance
Utilities
Property managers
Lease administrators
Accounting
Engineering
Project management
IT
Environmental
Legal
Marketing
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Old 06-24-2019, 08:32 PM
 
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Take the Myers-Briggs test. See what personality type you are. Then google "jobs for ISTJ" or whatever personality type you are. Then look for the jobs that involve buildings.

BEFORE you think of jumping into such a career change, what is your plan to get around the catch-22? (no job, no experience; no experience, no job) when US employers don't like to count transferable experience?
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