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Old 09-22-2022, 03:00 PM   #1
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I am learning that a title and 20 years of experience in the same field are a double edged sword. The negative edge being that if you want to get out of the field you have been in, it is so very difficult. That's what I've been trying to do for the last year with no success. It almost seems like you have to know someone that will give you a shot at a position, rather than the normal job searching methods. I know some of you struggle with that same thing, and some have been successful at making the change. For those that have been able to start a second career, what advice do you have that would be helpful? My work life has begun to effect the things at home and things I find enjoyable, so those two things tell me it is time to make a change.
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Old 09-23-2022, 01:50 PM   #2
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I'm facing a similar situation. I want a career change.
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Old 09-23-2022, 02:10 PM   #3
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Most of my career changes were forced on me, but when laid off or company closed etc, I looked in a different field. Expect to start at the bottom if something totally new. Of course that means less pay, etc, HOWEVER, if you are really a great employee then the advancement will be quicker than normal. But sometimes, peace at home is some much better than increase in $$$.
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Old 09-23-2022, 02:14 PM   #4
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In my opinion factors such as what type of experience, education, certifications, etc plus market demand can impact the ability to transition from career to career
It’s especially hard if it’s a complete change totally unrelated to your background & education
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Old 09-23-2022, 02:37 PM   #5
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I went from building AC coils to taking xrays of people

You can do anything you put your mind to
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Old 09-23-2022, 02:43 PM   #6
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Correct, employers are hiring right now, if you have a connection. No one wants to hire a ****, and there are enough people looking for work, that most people have a connection somewhere to exploit.

What are you looking to do?
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Old 09-23-2022, 03:11 PM   #7
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I'd be happy to look at your resume and offer any suggestions/proof-reading/editing I can. I've done it for a few other TBH'ers. If you're interested, PM me and I'd be happy to share my email.

Networking sure does help but it's not the end-all-be-all. Maybe you just need a second set of eyes on a resume that I'm sure can be filled with a ton of accomplishments over a 20 year career.
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Old 09-23-2022, 03:14 PM   #8
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I went from building AC coils to taking xrays of people

You can do anything you put your mind to
This right here. Be aggressive and persistent. Seeking Gods will for you and your family should be first and let him give you the path. Good luck sir. Life is to short to be unhappy.
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Old 09-23-2022, 03:17 PM   #9
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I went from building AC coils to taking xrays of people

You can do anything you put your mind to
Impressive & that was building AC coils on a Friday to taking x-rays on a Monday

Did you work for Carrier?
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Old 09-23-2022, 03:34 PM   #10
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Went through this last year. I began to hate the job I had loved for so long and it began to change me and impact my family and health.

The one thing that helped me was creating a career timeline. I started from day one and listed everything I had done, all the different events I experienced, all classes and certs, etc.

Then I went back and listed all the skills, abilities, and knowledge that developed over that time. After I had completed that exercise, I realized I had a lot that could translate across multiple areas. You will be surprised once you see your ďlifeĒ on paperÖ

Then I started to search fields that interested me and built resumes specifically for each. If a job came along that I felt was interesting, I applied. The most important lesson I learned was to have confidence in yourself and your skills.

Changing careers is scary, especially at 50+ but I can honestly say it was the right thing to do.

If I can do anything to help, please donít hesitate to ask.
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Old 09-23-2022, 07:15 PM   #11
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Impressive & that was building AC coils on a Friday to taking x-rays on a Monday

Did you work for Carrier?
Not quiet that fast but within a week or two of leaving the plant I was learning how

Yes Carrier, spent 12 years out there. Majority was in the coil shop

No doubt God had a lot to do with me going back to school because a bunch of things have to line up and mesh to be able to quit a full time job with a wife and 2 little kids and spend a semester not working much at all
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Old 09-23-2022, 07:39 PM   #12
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Attitude, work ethic and personality go a long way! There are also a lot of skills you have that you probably donít realize translate to other fields. Narrow down what you want to do and go for it. Just be honest in the interviews that you may not have direct experience but are willing to learn!


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Old 09-23-2022, 07:40 PM   #13
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Career change...
Can be very challenging and concerning. Especially going from one type of career to a totally different one.


You have 20+ years of whatever it is you do, consider yourself an expert, SME.
You don't have to love what you do but rather have a passion about it.

Maybe you just need another company to work for? Another manager?
A company and manager that cares about you, your development, growth, opportunities.

Everyone has a master plan and a calling.

Whatever you choose...go in it 100%
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Old 09-23-2022, 07:49 PM   #14
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This right here. Be aggressive and persistent. Seeking Gods will for you and your family should be first and let him give you the path. Good luck sir. Life is to short to be unhappy.

Great advice there, and thatís what Iíve been asking Him for, so I do have faith He will put me in the right spot.


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Old 09-23-2022, 07:51 PM   #15
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Have you considered using an aptitude testing service? (The science behind this process is fascinating.)

I retired from a career I’d been in for 30+ years and sought the feedback services like this provide. Not only did I learn a lot about how my family “inventory” of aptitudes related to each other, but the service went so far as to suggest how this inventory translated into various career choices and, further, assisted in helping me learn how to research the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to help search for fields that would either grow or remain viable in the next 20 or more years.

And before you ask, if the top five fields they recommended I’d be suited for, all but one require a PhD and (probably) a transfer to another state in order to train at top notch facilities and my husband put the big kibosh on that!
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Old 09-23-2022, 07:55 PM   #16
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Went through this last year. I began to hate the job I had loved for so long and it began to change me and impact my family and health.

The one thing that helped me was creating a career timeline. I started from day one and listed everything I had done, all the different events I experienced, all classes and certs, etc.

Then I went back and listed all the skills, abilities, and knowledge that developed over that time. After I had completed that exercise, I realized I had a lot that could translate across multiple areas. You will be surprised once you see your ďlifeĒ on paperÖ

Then I started to search fields that interested me and built resumes specifically for each. If a job came along that I felt was interesting, I applied. The most important lesson I learned was to have confidence in yourself and your skills.

Changing careers is scary, especially at 50+ but I can honestly say it was the right thing to do.

If I can do anything to help, please donít hesitate to ask.

I never thought of doing the things you mentioned but I like it! Iím a VP at my company with a pretty intense non compete. The field I am in is very interesting and there arenít a lot of guys left with 20+ years experience. Problem is the non compete and I want to change industries so my experience becomes less valuable. I do think one area I could improve on is tailoring my resume to specific jobs. Writing a resume sucks and is not easy, much less doing several of them!


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Old 09-23-2022, 08:13 PM   #17
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I never thought of doing the things you mentioned but I like it! Iím a VP at my company with a pretty intense non compete. The field I am in is very interesting and there arenít a lot of guys left with 20+ years experience. Problem is the non compete and I want to change industries so my experience becomes less valuable. I do think one area I could improve on is tailoring my resume to specific jobs. Writing a resume sucks and is not easy, much less doing several of them!


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Has Texas Law changed, non competes donít hold up in Texas since itís a right to work state.

I could be wrong, been a while since I faced it.
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Old 09-23-2022, 08:16 PM   #18
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Has Texas Law changed, non competes donít hold up in Texas since itís a right to work state.

I could be wrong, been a while since I faced it.

Interesting. I had never heard about this.
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Old 09-23-2022, 08:23 PM   #19
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Has Texas Law changed, non competes donít hold up in Texas since itís a right to work state.

I could be wrong, been a while since I faced it.

The way I understood it is there must be adequate consideration for a noncompete to be enforceable.
Not a lawyer but I have had to pay said consideration on occasion


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Old 09-23-2022, 08:24 PM   #20
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Have you considered using an aptitude testing service? (The science behind this process is fascinating.)

I retired from a career Iíd been in for 30+ years and sought the feedback services like this provide. Not only did I learn a lot about how my family ďinventoryĒ of aptitudes related to each other, but the service went so far as to suggest how this inventory translated into various career choices and, further, assisted in helping me learn how to research the Bureau of Labor and Statistics to help search for fields that would either grow or remain viable in the next 20 or more years.

And before you ask, if the top five fields they recommended Iíd be suited for, all but one require a PhD and (probably) a transfer to another state in order to train at top notch facilities and my husband put the big kibosh on that!
Funny thing,

I took an aptitude test and it recommended my current job It wasn't a service, just a few different tests I found online
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Old 09-23-2022, 08:28 PM   #21
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Funny thing,

I took an aptitude test and it recommended my current job It wasn't a service, just a few different tests I found online

Thatís funny, of the top five careers the tests revealed I was best suited for, four of them required PhDs and the fifth one was the career Iíd just spent 30+ years exhausting!

Weird, huh!
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Old 09-23-2022, 08:42 PM   #22
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Thatís funny, of the top five careers the tests revealed I was best suited for, four of them required PhDs and the fifth one was the career Iíd just spent 30+ years exhausting!

Weird, huh!
Pretty well confirms that the test is relatively accurate.
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Not quiet that fast but within a week or two of leaving the plant I was learning how

Yes Carrier, spent 12 years out there. Majority was in the coil shop

No doubt God had a lot to do with me going back to school because a bunch of things have to line up and mesh to be able to quit a full time job with a wife and 2 little kids and spend a semester not working much at all
Good for you & great career field to transition into. High demand field
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I took an aptitude test & results showed I wouldn’t even qualify as a door greeter at Walmart
Go figure
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Old 09-24-2022, 12:13 AM   #25
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Has Texas Law changed, non competes donít hold up in Texas since itís a right to work state.

I could be wrong, been a while since I faced it.

Maybe they donítÖ.BUT a former employer can lawyer up and prevent you from working until you lawyer up and fight it. It may never go to court but the company has deeper pockets. I know what my company would do. Iíve been on one side of that fence, and that was just a salesperson, not an upper management position.


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I took an aptitude test & results showed I wouldnít even qualify as a door greeter at Walmart
Go figure
Not sure if you are joking or not, but Im not. I did one online a few years ago and it said I should be a soldering technician! Seriously? Guess I shouldnt have started and run this company....
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Old 09-24-2022, 10:26 AM   #27
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Not sure if you are joking or not, but Im not. I did one online a few years ago and it said I should be a soldering technician! Seriously? Guess I shouldnt have started and run this company....

Iíve never taken one.
Iíve taken the personality test & it came back smart arse
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Old 09-24-2022, 05:25 PM   #28
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Has Texas Law changed, non competes donít hold up in Texas since itís a right to work state.

I could be wrong, been a while since I faced it.
Most non compete clauses are not worth the paper they are written on.
Howeer the legal costs of fighthing the worthless things are what will keep you from challenging

I see reps that jump companies, go to another market to train on the new company's product, then return when noncompete time has expired
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Right to work is not even in the same discussion as non-compete.

In right to work employers cannot give preference to union membership, so being in a union is not a requirement to be hired. You have the right to work if you are qualified.

Non-compete is generally required for people with special skill sets or marketing that protects the company when someone leaves - it keeps that person from stealing their customers or selling their knowledge about special systems.
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Right to work is not even in the same discussion as non-compete.

In right to work employers cannot give preference to union membership, so being in a union is not a requirement to be hired. You have the right to work if you are qualified.

Non-compete is generally required for people with special skill sets or marketing that protects the company when someone leaves - it keeps that person from stealing their customers or selling their knowledge about special systems.
This ^
The company I work for has successfully used our Non-Compete clause in court here in Texas.
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Do what you like and find a way to make a living at it.
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Do what you like and find a way to make a living at it.


Sitting buck nekked on the couch, posting on TBH all day, and getting paid for it.


Iím 2/3rds of the way there. Just waiting on the $$$
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Sitting buck nekked on the couch, posting on TBH all day, and getting paid for it.


Iím 2/3rds of the way there. Just waiting on the $$$
Lol
You forgot eating a bowl of Cheerios too
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Sitting buck nekked on the couch, posting on TBH all day, and getting paid for it.


Iím 2/3rds of the way there. Just waiting on the $$$

Itís because of visuals like this that I drink.
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Sitting buck nekked on the couch, posting on TBH all day, and getting paid for it.


Iím 2/3rds of the way there. Just waiting on the $$$
You should be a sponsor. You are my hero
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Itís because of visuals like this that I drink.
Youíll probably need to see double to see anything
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Iíd be offended if it wasnít true.
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Old 09-27-2022, 10:29 PM   #39
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