Am I a professional Adam West?
May 18, 2009 8:09 AM Subscribe
When do you become professionally typecast?
posted by po822000 to work & money (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Since graduating college, I've worked for the same software company for five years in sales or sales-related roles. I don't think sales is for me. I'm good at it, but I don't love it.
I want to begin pursuing some other, as yet-unidentified, career. Once identified, I might need to get the appropriate educational credentials, during which time I would prefer to stay with my current employer (because, who knows, the new role may be with my current employer if I'm lucky, because I really do love the company and the people I work with).
That said, if I were to start applying for, say, marketing jobs or product-type jobs in a couple of years, would I be typecast as a salesperson and have my resume overlooked? At what point are you professionally typecast?
If you feel that I would be typecast after 7 to 8 years in similar roles, what other extracurricular activities (aside from continuing education) could I involve myself in to break out of the typecast?
(I'd particularly love to hear from MeFites who might review resumes all day long.)