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[LJ2ME] Parachute Colours and all that jazz

I'm thinking of trying to take my career in a slightly different direction so that I can use all of the skills I have that I really enjoy. I'd like it to have some aspect of financial or business administration, because I do quite enjoy being an accountant, but I am also a very good communicator and would love a role that incorporated eye contact, actual talking, and maybe public speaking of some sort since that's my favorite thing. I'm not willing to take a salary cut, so it would have to be in some way affiliated with my current skillset or I probably can't pull that off. I would really like to see a mid-career vocational counselor, but there are hundreds in Boston and I don't want to pick one at random - but I can't find any reviews online or anyone who has been to one! I am very welcoming at this point to any advice or musing on this, if you're so inclined.

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onceupon
Jun. 3rd, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
I am super interested in this so I hope you post about it extensively. I know, with the book, some new career doors have opened for me but I suck at transitions and, frankly, it hadn't even OCCURRED to me that mid-career vocational counselors exist! What a fascinating and potentially really useful resource.
dani_namaste
Jun. 3rd, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I'll see if I can poke up any folks for you to interview... I know a few folks who especially deal with women who are in transition (which, oddly enough, doesn't mean they want to be men).
adr0ck
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
my role involves a lot of that. i'm a "department manager" for a grad-school program. basically like an office manager for a small business, and our business is the school psychology program at a graduate institution.

i am *the* contact person for everyone - students, faculty, staff . . .

in terms of public speaking, i represent the dept at various functions & have the opportunity to give presentations both formal & informal.

office management or OM with a twist might be an option for you! it pairs the business w/communication.
cemeterygates
Jun. 3rd, 2008 05:49 pm (UTC)
I have been an Office Manager actually, and in a small office often the accounting admin handles that role. I don't think I'd like to work in academia just because I'm sort of "anti" to that establishment in particular, but I would consider another OM role. One thing that bothers me about it is that it's often not a well respected role, OM and HR are sort of treated secretarily, but I suppose if I were making accountant money for it the joke's on them.
adr0ck
Jun. 3rd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
OM and HR are sort of treated secretarily

very true, one problem with the job for sure.

while i don't have any other experience with academia, i have heard about a zillion times that our school is different from other "publish or perish" schools. our school is centered on professional practice so while there are some of the "i'm a dr, what are you?" types here, we mainly have a nice atmosphere of focusing on how we can make an impact on our community rather than having mental showdowns. (we're a professional school of psychology, with specific emphasis on diversity & community, service-learning).

otherwise, my tons-of-experience-but-didn't-even-finish-my-associate's ass would probably have decked someone by now. :)
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