So what if this career change doesn't work out?
March 25, 2010 6:57 AM Subscribe
CareerChangeFilter: Help me get a better understanding of the risks and fall-back options of a career-change attempt. Comments from IT managers & HR people will be especially appreciated.
posted by great.ideas.$1 to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently thinking of attempting a drastic career change (IT to medicine), which would require me to quit my job for a year or more to take the undergrad pre-requisites and entrance exam, without any guarantee of success, so I may have to re-enter my current field if I fail. I'm currently laying the groundwork, but I haven't made a decision or committed myself to anything yet, and I don't plan on doing anything drastic for at least a year. I'm trying to get a better handle on the risks that I would be taking.
I've been steadily employed at the same company since I graduated several years ago, and I've only participated in entry-level interviews, so I don't have much useful exposure to the job market, hiring, or the mentality of the people involved in such things.
So, assume I can't make this career change happen and I have to get back into IT:
* How badly would a voluntary gap in my employment or low-level employment in a totally different field (i.e. a senior developer to nurse's assistant or EMT-Basic) be viewed?
* How would a prospective employer view a failed career-changer? Would I carry a stigma that would be difficult to overcome?
* What, if anything, could I do to blunt the impact of a failed career change attempt?
* Any other general comments?