How do I make this job change?
October 21, 2012 5:26 PM Subscribe
I work in high finance but dream of doing something creative. I don't know how to do this. Do you?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 27 and live in NYC. I currently work in private equity. I'm not into it. My personality doesn't jell with my coworkers and the office culture. Realistically, my personality doesn't jell with the industry, which is a bigger problem.
I got sucked into finance. In college, that's what all my peers wanted to do, because that's where the money was. I studied econ, which I enjoyed, as I have a very analytical personality. But what I didn't appreciate was how dry the work is, and how stuffy the corporate baggage that accompanies it is. When people ask me what I do, my lack of enthusiasm, and to be somewhat honest, my embarrassment for what I do, is hard to hide.
I know that I need to make a change, but I don't have any idea what to do. This business is all I know. Companies in more creative industries such as advertising, marketing, or media have so much talent to choose from--people that actually have some prior experience. I don't know how I can break into a different industry without doing something like grad school, which I'm not crazy about (cost of tuition, time not working, etc.).
I know that I'm still young so a change like this is possible, even though it will probably be difficult. Some of my many questions...
How do I choose what industry to target?
How can I rebrand myself as a creative type coming from the background I have and given my lack of experience? I'm not interested in switching industries just to wind up doing an auxiliary function in, for example, a media company's finance or accounting group.
What would I actually *do*? That is, what kind of jobs should I be targeting? Don't roll your eyes, I'm really ignorant here.
How can I make this change while not quitting my current job (assuming I don't go the grad school route) and without my current employer finding out?
If I did go to grad school, what would I even study? For the kind of job I'm interested in, I'm not sure an MBA is what I'm looking for.
What resources are out there to help me with this?
What else should I be thinking about that I'm not?
Thanks for the help, hive mind!