How to figure out and pursue a more lucrative career past age 30?
July 23, 2014 7:04 PM Subscribe
I have realized that my career path is not going to offer the compensation or growth potential I would like. I need to pivot. How can I identify an more lucrative career path and the steps necessary both to train and to break into said path?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I chose the non-profit career path. As an idealistic 20-something this seemed like a wonderful career choice. Income mattered less than "doing good". As the financial realities of adult life set in later I quickly realized that this was a poor choice. Supporting yourself is one thing, but looking to a family and future retirement the amount I am making will not be enough. Further, the field I am in lends itself to an extremely flat organizational structure, which means advancement is extremely unlikely. Long story short, this field is for the very young or those who are otherwise being supported. I think my skills (grant development and grant administration) are pretty inapplicable to anything else, but I maybe wrong.
I need to find a different career, and I no longer care about deriving fulfillment from my profession. I have no real idea how to go about this. I have a vague understanding that I need to identify skills currently in demand, build said skills, then begin to market myself. I need to know the practical step necessary to do these things, with the caveats that I am already over thirty and cannot quit my job to train and network until another opportunity is secured (unless I could find someone else to pay my bills). Also, my network is pretty much completely comprised of nonprofit contacts with no more money to offer than I am currently pulling.
To those who have does a professional 180 past age thirty (without falling into it from an offer from a contact), how did you do it? How did you determine where the money and demand were? How did you balance building your new skills and maintaining your current employment?