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Need Advice on a Career Change

Monday, October 19, 2009

I have been checking into occupational therapy as an alternative to teaching. It is a certificate program, I would be an assistant. The pay is comparable & I already have most of the credits I need.
I am 52 & I wonder if there would be an ageist attitude from employers.
Please be honest, don't say, "You can do anything - blah, blah."
Any comments welcome.
Thanks!
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  • XHASTEDMOMOF2
    Life is too darn short if you're not happy. And from what I gather, most school systems are working on burning out their good teachers so I can't blame you for thinking about this. Do your research and if it makes sense after you compare your pros and cons -- and you think you would be happier, I say go for it!!


    4256 days ago
  • NJMATTICE
    Hi Jackie.
    I'm hearing you. I am constantly quieting the voices of fear and trusting in a higher purpose. We may encounter ageism as we try to venture out BUT, it will be outside our realm of control, so I don't factor it in. I can't change my age. (55) I do have to say that people think that I am younger than my age. That youthfulness comes from enthusiasm. I have had to get to a place where I love myself, I recognize my worth and I'm on a mission. Gaining strength from my "higher power" who gives me my higher purpose. OT is a great place for a person with patience, wisdom and genuine caring. Those things are enhanced by age and experience. You will find your way. Move forward with confidence, asking for direction from your higher spirit. It's an exciting time of life and rebirth.
    Fondly,
    Nancy
    4258 days ago
  • LINDIEMAE
    CHANGING CAREERS CAN BE AN IFFY THING AT TIMES, AND I WON'T GIVE YOU BLA BLA BLA. IF YOUR INTERESTED IN THIS AS A CAREER MOVE, THEN START NETWORKING AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS EMPLOYERS WANT AND WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IN AN EMPLOYEE. AFTER ALL YOU WILL BE AN INVESTMENT TO THEM, BUT YOUR ALSO INVESTING IN YOURSELF.

    TAKE THE TIME TO RESEARCH WHERE YOU WOULD WANT TO WORK DOING THIS PARTICULAR FIELD AND WHY IT APPEALS TO YOU. DON'T CHOOSE IT BECAUSE YOU ALREADY HAVE HALF OF WHAT YOU NEED, CHOOSE IT BECAUSE ITS SOMETHING YOUR GOOD AT AND WANT TO DO. ITS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT MONEY BUT ABOUT ENVIRONMENT, SOCIAL ASPECTS, AS WELL AS WHERE YOU WOULD BE WORKING. WHAT EVER IT IS YOU ARE GOING TO DO, BE PREPARED TO MAKE IT YOUR SECOND HOME. JUST MY 2 CENTS WORTH, I HOPE YOU FIND IT HELPFUL ! emoticon
    4259 days ago
  • KRDRAPES
    I would have ta ask why do you want to switch from teaching-burn out or just want a change? It would be different-hours and working through the summer-do you know someone in the field to talk to-good luck with your journey
    4259 days ago
  • PRAYDANCRUNLOVE
    I would suggest you research potential employers, to determine, to the extent possible the type of folks they hire. My inclination is that, particularly in non-profit, they'd be interested in a professional, committed, competent professional, without regard to age. Non Profs tend to have greater diversity among staff, crossing all lines.
    Best of luck to you,
    Chelle
    4259 days ago
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