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Career change at 40
posted on Monday, 05 April 2010 20:46

Dear Career Doctor,

I have been working in the creative/design industry for over 15 years as a designer and writer. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from overseas and speak native English. I am seriously contemplating a career change and want to work for companies that develop and train in team building. I feel that this is an industry that I may be very suitable for as I enjoy helping and learning with others that want to find ways to improve, professionally and personally. Can you please give me some advice on how I can get entry and the career scope of this industry?

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Posted Saturday, 02 July 2011 10:19 AM

You should try event management. The way the world is going is that most companies that needs to exist already exists. Mergers and acquisitions is the next phase of globalisation. Staff morale is low. Many large companies hire events management teams to regenerate and refuel the employees and align them back into organisational goals.

With a formal BSc Communications degree, I think many British Events Management companies will want to hire you based on this qualification. I think Events Management is seriously needed in the HK economy, cos employees are starting to go off the rail way too much and do their own thing which affects the bottomline profit. For MNC, this is ludicrous.

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Posted Wednesday, 21 April 2010 08:41 AM

You need to know trainers are serving a "delivery" role, and sometimes a "sales" role. Unless you're Dale Carnegie or Stephen Covey you won't have a chance to develop and design your own training methods and programs that will "sell"!

To train team building, you need to be trained first. It's easier to train "hard" skills such as technical knowledge, cause if you are in possession of the right qualification you can. To train "soft" skill is a totally different story, especially if it has no relevance to your experience and background.

I do believe you enjoy very much interacting with people, you are a communicative, outgoing and presentable person, right? You may try approach training agencies/companies, best foreign and international ones to best utilize your language capabilities.

It's tough and it's very difficult, be prepared to face failures and turn-downs, but if that's what you really want to do, keep trying. There are courses you can take to help learn more about training/coaching, check out those universities website for details.

There are always two sides of a coin. On the one hand you're 40, shouldn't be taking risk and should be realistic. On the other you're already 40, how much time have you got left – if you don't do it now then when?

Perhaps its not really a career change plan at this moment, try doing some freelancing or volunteering jobs as a start, how does that sound?

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