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is it possible to change industries?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Milpool, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Milpool

    Milpool Well-Known Member

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    Pretty straightforward question. Right now, how possible is it to change industries entirely?
     
  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

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    I've done it, 3-4 times, depending on how you look at one of the moves. it depends on how you leverage it - I basically went from training people to use arms, to selling the services, to selling used military medical equipment, to selling medical equipment, to selling software, to selling communications systems, back to medical equipment, then back to communications systems.
     
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    I think it largely depends on they type of role. Things like sales, accounting, IT jobs might have the same core duties regardless of what the company actually does.
     
  4. Artisan Fan

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    Yes, I have gone from banking to consulting to marketing analytics.
     
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    Changing industries is definately possible. Changing job functions might be harder.
     
  6. Milpool

    Milpool Well-Known Member

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    Interesting point. If my current job function is essentially tied to a specific industry, am I screwed?
     
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    Tell us what it is, and what your core skills are.
     
  8. globetrotter

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    Interesting point. If my current job function is essentially tied to a specific industry, am I screwed?

    you have to figure out how to explain the transition.
     
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    I like the rule that with a move you can either change jobs or change industries.

    Almost impossible to do both at the same time and sometimes just accomplishing any change requires a new degree.

    Is it possible to change jobs within your industry, with a longer term goal of switching out of industry with your new job title?
     
  10. Milpool

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    I like the rule that with a move you can either change jobs or change industries.

    Almost impossible to do both at the same time and sometimes just accomplishing any change requires a new degree.

    Is it possible to change jobs within your industry, with a longer term goal of switching out of industry with your new job title?


    Ugh. That rule is what is making my search for an exit strategy so miserable.

    I have tried several times to switch roles, and it isn't working. Interviews are not going well. I keep getting passed away from the position I apply for and back towards the position I have. So I think the only way out is to change industries so that I'm not seen as more valuable in my current role (math/physics geek, med device stuff).
     
  11. alliswell

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    Do you really want to do something new or do you want to get paid more money to do what you're currently doing?
     
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    what kind of math/physics geek
     
  13. Milpool

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    Do you really want to do something new or do you want to get paid more money to do what you're currently doing?

    This is the exact problem I have with interviewers. They either don't believe I want out or don't believe I'm capable of doing something else.

    Why is that so hard to believe?
     
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    what kind of math/physics geek

    The kind that is ready for a change.
     
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    This is the exact problem I have with interviewers. They either don't believe I want out or don't believe I'm capable of doing something else.

    Why is that so hard to believe?


    Please make your case as articulately as you can to us here. Wanting to change is nice, but there has to be a more compelling reason.
     
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    This is the exact problem I have with interviewers. They either don't believe I want out or don't believe I'm capable of doing something else.

    Why is that so hard to believe?


    Changing industries is definitely possible, all the more so if they're somewhat related and/or complementary. I've gone from information technology to medical devices to pharma devices & diagnostics. As with most things in life, you need a proper narrative so that your prospective employer actually perceives your previous experience as making you uniquely valuable.

    On a related note, simultaneously changing your functional role in a different industry is more difficult, while doing both and changing geographies is harder yet. A person's likelihood to excel in the new role is typically inversely proportional to the degrees of separation away from his/her core competencies (although the rewards may make the risks worthwhile). YMMV.
     
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    Please make your case as articulately as you can to us here. Wanting to change is nice, but there has to be a more compelling reason.

    I wanted to be a statistics code monkey for pharma/clinical trials type stuff. I made one very incredibly stupid mistake when I was young: I applied for, was offered and accepted an internship on the device side and this is where I've been stuck for the rest of my life. It turns out I don't like what I do, nor do I like the industry.
     
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    Try that again without using that many negatives or the verb "stuck"
     
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    I wanted to be a statistics code monkey for pharma/clinical trials type stuff. I made one very incredibly stupid mistake when I was young: I applied for, was offered and accepted an internship on the device side and this is where I've been stuck for the rest of my life. It turns out I don't like what I do, nor do I like the industry.

    oh, yeah, you are screwed. sorry. do you have any fun hobbies?
     
  20. Milpool

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    Try that again without using that many negatives or the verb "stuck"

    I'm a statistician by training. Against my better judgment I took an internship in med device. I'm quite handy with electronics and optics, so I am on the physics side as I'm not an engineer. I've tried several times in my career to switch over to statistics in various industries, but no one seems to believe I can make the switch.
     

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