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Old 23-04-2015, 07:56 PM
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Career change/retraining/adult apprenticeship

I've worked in an office my entire working life in pretty low grade positions and after some recent health issues I've decided it's no longer for me. In fact I despise it. I'm now approaching 32 and have to make a change.

I would love to get a trade or retrain and wondered if anyone has an hands on experience of doing this at a later stage in life?

One draw back is I don't drive but I am starting to learn once I'm feeling a bit better which should open up more opportunities.
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Old 23-04-2015, 08:24 PM
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I'm thinking of doing something new soon... Shift work is slowly killing me. Good luck
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Old 23-04-2015, 09:08 PM
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You're about one-third of the way through your working life. You've probably got 16 working years behind you and 35 working years in front of you. A career change at this stage is not too late. It's the equivalent of Pardew making a tactical substitution 15 minutes before half-time

Sorry I can't offer any practical advice on apprenticeships - but more and more employers and training institutions are committing to lifelong learning. Good luck
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Old 23-04-2015, 09:13 PM
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I've worked in an office my entire working life in pretty low grade positions and after some recent health issues I've decided it's no longer for me. In fact I despise it. I'm now approaching 32 and have to make a change.

I would love to get a trade or retrain and wondered if anyone has an hands on experience of doing this at a later stage in life?

One draw back is I don't drive but I am starting to learn once I'm feeling a bit better which should open up more opportunities.
A friend of mine recently left the inland revenue after health issues. She was a relatively senior manager.......she's now a Postie and loving it.

I don't know if it's the sort of thing you're after but it definitely gets you out of the office! If there are no apprenticeships available it may be a stop gap option. Best of luck.
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Old 23-04-2015, 09:35 PM
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My wife has recently gone about a complete career change after 20 years with the same employer. She gained some of the experience needed in her spare time and took on a small student loan to get the formal qualifications ,encouraged by me and the kids, because life's too short to spend years doing something that's making you miserable.
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Did you get around to changing things FraserH?

The reason I’ve bumped this thread is that I find myself in a similar position. I’m 30, have an ok paid job (£34k) in social media but I feel myself resenting it more each day. It doesn’t help that my boss, and his boss, are both appalling people managers.

I feel like I would love a complete career change, even if it meant a hefty initial pay cut. But I have no idea where to seek advice on this...

Do careers advisors still exist? And if so, are they better than the rubbish one I had at school who simply asked me what my hobbies were, and then suggested trying to get a job in sports or music

A job where I’m more active would be great. Whether that’s a trade or working outside, just something where I’m not stuck behind a desk for the entirety of the day.
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Also interested to hear the outcome. I’ve been in financial roles majority of my career, having started my accountancy exams - last job was head of Finance at a media company for almost 6 years. Quit at the start of the year due to a few reasons, but mainly it was making me pretty miserable - have been looking for similar roles elsewhere since but part of me thinks maybe I need a complete change as I don’t think such finance is getting the best out of me. But I have no idea where to start, it’s really tough
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Old 20-03-2018, 12:14 AM
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Old 20-03-2018, 12:21 AM
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Well he’s still posting in 2018 so it looks like things are working out. I hope so, I always prefer happy endings.
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Did you get around to changing things FraserH?

The reason Iíve bumped this thread is that I find myself in a similar position. Iím 30, have an ok paid job (£34k) in social media but I feel myself resenting it more each day. It doesnít help that my boss, and his boss, are both appalling people managers.

I feel like I would love a complete career change, even if it meant a hefty initial pay cut. But I have no idea where to seek advice on this...

Do careers advisors still exist? And if so, are they better than the rubbish one I had at school who simply asked me what my hobbies were, and then suggested trying to get a job in sports or music

A job where Iím more active would be great. Whether thatís a trade or working outside, just something where Iím not stuck behind a desk for the entirety of the day.
How about retraining as an assasin? Failing that, managing a fuel depot in the Sudan?
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Interesting. In actuality, redundancy for me would be brilliant. The pay-off would currently be just under £13k and with my savings, I would have enough to not work for well over a year. Iíd like to think that within that timeframe, I would be able to sort out a career that Iíd be interested in.
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How about retraining as an assasin? Failing that, managing a fuel depot in the Sudan?
Judging by your recent thread, I think I should set up some sort of hair loss travel agency
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Judging by your recent thread, I think I should set up some sort of hair loss travel agency
You jest, but I reckon you could do worse

That's going to be a growth industry
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My dream is to be able to do a real mundane job... Iíve got a friend who delivers meals on wheels... he seems so much happier than me... even though I probably earn 5x what he does. He has breakfast/dinner with his family every day... gets every weekend off together... has a routine... all the things you sacrifice for shift work.
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I do shift work and I don’t mind it. You get a lot of days off compared to 9-5ers, though nights certainly make you question if it’s worth it

I think a mundane job is ok for a while, but not long-term. I would say my job has been mundane for a few years because I’ve been doing it for too long. Because our team is now being treated like shit by management, it’s time for me to make a change.
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Did you get around to changing things FraserH?

The reason Iíve bumped this thread is that I find myself in a similar position. Iím 30, have an ok paid job (£34k) in social media but I feel myself resenting it more each day. It doesnít help that my boss, and his boss, are both appalling people managers.

I feel like I would love a complete career change, even if it meant a hefty initial pay cut. But I have no idea where to seek advice on this...

Do careers advisors still exist? And if so, are they better than the rubbish one I had at school who simply asked me what my hobbies were, and then suggested trying to get a job in sports or music

A job where Iím more active would be great. Whether thatís a trade or working outside, just something where Iím not stuck behind a desk for the entirety of the day.
It seems weird that so often poor people managers become bosses. Who makes these decisions?
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