Has anyone taken a drastic career change?

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aoife07 Posts: 460
Hi I am seriously thinking of making a career change. I am moving home to Ireland after five years away and to be honest am dreading the move. Eveyone is telling me "there is no work" the economy is about to crash etc. Anyway I would love to become a massage therapist. I have a degree in managent. (In the US I work in administration and have alot of experience with non profits and fundraising). Anyway do you think I am mad, has anyone changed careers and been glad. Any advice. I am seriously starting to panic at the thought of returning to an IReland that is so differnt. I cannot see myself happy for the next 35 years sitting at a desk. Any advice formanybody is so appreciated.
Delish Posts: 4176
mASSAGE AND SPAa have become big business over here in the last five years, but if the economy crashes these are the first businesses to go. However with that being said you have your admin experience to fall back on, why not take a leap of faith and bring us back something new and wonderful from the states. Even if the economy slumps alot of new wealth has been generated over the last 15 years and people are more prepared to spend money on pampering. If you could affiliate yourself with a physio or back specialist you might have more business security.
wifin Posts: 4761
hi Aoife I am doing this right now. I left work last Friday (to get married first then having a break) to go back to college to train as a teacher. I think thats its better that i struggle for a while now rather than be miserabe my whole life in a job that i hated. Good luck with whatever you decide.... *)
mumble Posts: 41
Left a permanent full time job to train as a Paramedic. Just recently qualified and delighted to have made the change. You should definitely give the massage therapy a try. you always have your qualification to fall back on in the future. Life is too short to spend doing something you don't reall like. And as someone once said ' we only regret the things that we don't do' Best of luck with your move
Oldgirl Posts: 35
Hi Mumble, Would you mind if I asked you a few questions about this as its an area I'm very interested in and would love a career change. Where did you study and was in fulltime and did you give up work or did you get a job at a hospirtal while doing your training? Thanks Oldgirl
fantac Posts: 4109
[quote="aoife07":2ov2p4t0]Hi I am seriously thinking of making a career change. I am moving home to Ireland after five years away and to be honest am dreading the move. Eveyone is telling me "there is no work" the economy is about to crash etc. Anyway I would love to become a massage therapist. I have a degree in managent. (In the US I work in administration and have alot of experience with non profits and fundraising). Anyway do you think I am mad, has anyone changed careers and been glad. Any advice. I am seriously starting to panic at the thought of returning to an IReland that is so differnt. I cannot see myself happy for the next 35 years sitting at a desk. Any advice formanybody is so appreciated.[/quote:2ov2p4t0] hiya - left a semi state pen pusher to go train as a cook - LOVED it, cooked in France, the Carribbean and in Avoca Handweavers. BUT - it did mean i was working when everyone else was off and i didnt seem uch of h2b, so i went back to pen pushing. i'd say go for it - deffo - just be sure to look at the negative side as well as positive before you make decision. x
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Easy Tiger Posts: 2676
Both H2B and I are contemplating career changes at the moment. I've a permenent pensionable job and am moving up the career ladder in my company and earning good money BUT I really don't like my job anymore and feel completely stressed out all the time. Ive been at a crossroads now for the last few months and I'm finally getting around to making a decision. I have always had an interest in makeup and am a bit arty so I'd love to try my hand at doing makeup for weddings/debs etc. I was thinking of doing a p/time course to make sure I do enjoy it. And if I do then I'm going to go for it (probably on a part time basis first of all and then full time if it works out). Its scary to think about it because of the lack of job security, salary etc. But I am all for the benefits of job satifaction over salary. I couldn't see myself tied to a desk for the next 35 years - suc a depressing thought! Anyone out there a make up artist who can give me any tips/hints????
Cookie Monster Posts: 643
[quote="easytiger":160i3xtw]Both H2B and I are contemplating career changes at the moment. I've a permenent pensionable job and am moving up the career ladder in my company and earning good money BUT I really don't like my job anymore and feel completely stressed out all the time. Ive been at a crossroads now for the last few months and I'm finally getting around to making a decision. I have always had an interest in makeup and am a bit arty so I'd love to try my hand at doing makeup for weddings/debs etc. I was thinking of doing a p/time course to make sure I do enjoy it. And if I do then I'm going to go for it (probably on a part time basis first of all and then full time if it works out). Its scary to think about it because of the lack of job security, salary etc. But I am all for the benefits of job satifaction over salary. I couldn't see myself tied to a desk for the next 35 years - suc a depressing thought! Anyone out there a make up artist who can give me any tips/hints????[/quote:160i3xtw] OMG I could have wrote that myself!!!!! I am almost qualified as an accountant but the money is good so i can't leave it (the mortgage still has to be paid!). I now have the oppurtunity to earn big bucks if I continue this career path but my heart is just not in it. I'm sick of the rat race and I want out NOW. Only in the last week I've been thinking of taking up a part time course in makeup and then working part time as a makeup artist in evenings and weekends. I figure that even if I'm doing what I like for a short time it will be enough to compensate for my boring day job. If I can earn enough I'll pack in the main job. I would also like to know about what course to do, sorry I'm not much good for advice at this stage. WRT the massage therapy. I saw something on Oprah called rolfing whichis like a deeper massage but it almost like physio. It thought it looked very interesting. Maybe you could try out something like that. At least then you could have an edge over someone else if things get tough.
Easy Tiger Posts: 2676
Hi cookiemonster - check out www.themakeuproom.ie - I'm going to book myself onto the beginners part time course - one day a week for 14 weeks.