Six Quick-Change Careers
Six Quick-Change Careers
If you want to make a career change but think that doing so would take too much time or be too difficult, you may not have been contemplating the right careers. Jobs in many satisfying, well-paying and growing fields require less preparation than you might think.
These six quick-change careers can be ideal for people who need a new career path but don t have years to spend on earning new degrees. Some require only volunteer work and self-teaching to get in the door; you can prepare for others in your spare time before you make the leap.
What You ll Need: Right now, no formal degrees or credentials are required, says Moore. People who enter the field have a passion for wellness, often starting with their own personal struggles to overcome physical problems, and they immerse themselves in learning on their own, she says. She adds that this career is ideal for a mid-career professional who doesn t mind working part-time while building a practice before jumping in full-time.
What You ll Need: You have to know how to cook well; where you gain that knowledge is not so important. Organizational skills and trustworthiness are helpful. It s also wise to get some additional training in areas such as sanitation, safe food handling and storage, economical use of ingredients, and basic accounting. You ll need to network with wealthy (and busy) people to find jobs.
What You ll Need: A thorough understanding of hospitals, insurers and patients is necessary. Advocates often come from the business side (insurance and billing) or the medical side (nursing is common). Others are social workers or even people who have navigated the healthcare industry for a loved one.
What You ll Need: It helps to have volunteered for a nonprofit, but if you have a strong record of business development, or if you ve done political-campaign research and outreach, you ll have a leg up. Strong research skills and social media savvy are required.
What You ll Need: Installers need sun block, good overall health and physical stamina. The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners offers classes and certification. Training and an apprenticeship can take about two years — less if you have a background in renewable energy, electrical systems or construction. Jobs can be found with roofing companies and building contractors.
What You ll Need: The field is becoming more formal, but right now no specific degree or credential is necessary for most jobs, according to Pam L Heureux, president of the International Association of Emergency Managers. Any skills you already have, such as planning, writing documents, computer programming, and even archiving can be useful, she says. She adds that the best way to get your foot in the door is to volunteer for the local or county emergency-management offices or fire departments.