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Elise Posted 3 years ago
Is anyone planning to make a career change in 2020?

Are you planning to make a career change in 2020? It would be great to hear what you’re currently doing or have done in the past and what kind of change you plan to make. Do you have any ideas as to how you’ll go about making the change?

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    • Steve Cooper 19th December 2019 at 12:28 pm

      Yes. 🙂


      Operations manager in software.

      Social provision, mentoring, coaching.


    • lynnbourke 28th December 2019 at 6:03 pm

      I have been a Primary School Teacher for the last 14 years, but recent events and my poor mental health have made me reassess my priorities.  Now looking for anything that gives me a decent work life balance!  I did a seasonal delivery driving job up until Christmas Eve, and I really enjoyed that, as it gave me some freedom.

    • fiona.boothroyd 3rd January 2020 at 2:46 am

      I need a career change, but I’m 55 with very few it skills, who will employ me??

    • jan.clifton 3rd January 2020 at 4:48 am

      I’ve retired from my job in retail after 22 years. I’m learning Animal Care on Open Unversity and starting off with Volunteer work in Animal Shelters.

    • Paula 5th January 2020 at 9:24 am

      I’m in my early 50s and presently a credit controller working nearly full time. I am wanting to get out of the office environment for my last 10-15 working years. I have done some studying towards working as an Adult Social care worker but I am a bit weary of making the first move. 

    • tracebuddy 5th January 2020 at 10:37 am

      I was a manager in a prison education department and got frustrated with trying to manage people, I gave my notice in and at 55 I am going to start teaching in an academy tomorrow for children aged 11 to 16 with behavioural and social needs. I am looking forward to it, I feel just teaching rather than teaching and managing people is going to be a great move. It was easy how it came about too, I put my CV on line over the weekend and was contacted by employment agencies on the Monday, went to enrol and went to the school on the Tuesday and I am starting tomorrow. I will keep you informed on how it’s going.

      • Christine Twigg 7th May 2020 at 12:16 am

        Hi Tracebuddy

        What a bold move to make. How is the job at the academy going?

        • tracebuddy 8th May 2020 at 9:53 pm

          I love it, I thought I’d find it difficult not getting involved in the operational or strategic planning aspects, but they just assume I’m a teacher only and that’s good with me, I like going under the radar and just turning up to teach and plan lessons. I finish at 4pm every day too which makes me feel like it’s part time 😀

        • Christine Twigg 9th May 2020 at 9:32 pm

          Glad it has worked out for you. I like your ‘going under the radar’ analogy as I think that’s where I am too these days. Don’t need the pressure!


    • tracebuddy 5th January 2020 at 10:44 am

      I see a lot of jobs advertised for social workers, I would always if possible have a holiday from your normal job and go and work with your new colleagues for a couple of days, don’t expect to get paid for it, but it will give you a good insight into the job. I have took jobs just by the interview and once started realized its so disorganized and disappointing, I have immediately started looking again so trust your gut instincts on first impressions.

    • Toddy 6th January 2020 at 12:23 pm

      56 years old next week and 19 years in the same job, driving 80 mile round trip per day – the journey has really started to get to me now, plus I want to reduce my carbon footprint. So looking for something nearer home to help improve work/family life balance. Background in marketing and business management, currently working for a national membership organisation – would like to find a role that has a social purpose. Jobs closer to home pay a lot less so trying to find something that doesn’t undermine my self esteem in this respect is quite a challenge.

    • Tonyf 6th January 2020 at 5:00 pm

      Yes, I hope to make a change this year. I worked in a school in Pakistan for 29 years but have not been able to settle with the teaching over here as the culture and attitude of students is so different. I am looking for a different or maybe related direction.

    • jan.clifton 7th January 2020 at 6:45 pm

      I have taken early retirement from retail and I am studying Animal Care with Open University. I would like to start volunteering in an animal shelter, e.g Cats Protection.

    • Luna15 11th January 2020 at 5:45 pm

      I have been a business owner for the last 17 years in the Spa/beauty industry but had to reinvent myself due to health issues. Went back to university, achieved a bachelor in business management, followed by an MBA and now exploring new options. It is exciting but also can be scary because I am moving out of my comfort zone. I joined the domestic abuse charity and I became one of the ambassadors; also i have been mentoring university students. I love marketing and would like to pursue a career in Social Marketing to take advantage of my qualifications and my new skills.  Now, very open minded and just looking around 🙂

      • mandyfacebook10 20th May 2020 at 8:54 am

        Hi Luna15 – I’m 52 and have worked in admin for over 30 years; the current job for 16 years. I’ve been toying with the idea of going into the beauty industry now for 5-6 years. It’s always been something that has interested me but when choosing a career at the tender age of 16 I was discouraged by my parents who thought secretarial college would be more beneficial. I’ve been furloughed now for 7 weeks but have done a lot of online free course in beauty treatments to show on my CV. I’m going on a 3 day introduction to Swedish body massage course in July and hopefully start evening classes at college in September! Do you have any advice for me?

        • Luna15 21st May 2020 at 4:55 pm

          I know our parents’ influence was so strong and we had no choice but to agree with them! I became a beauty/spa therapist back in 1993 and work from home whilst the children were little. That gave me the opportunity to raise my children, work around school terms, and children’s commitments. It was great because it was flexible… then I open my business and although it was stressful it was very rewarding. Unfortunately, my health was deteriorating rapidly, and I had to adjust my treatments accordingly. I used to love massages but then I stopped doing them and concentrated on antiageing treatments with very sophisticated equipment. It is a lovely and highly competitive industry.  The best advice that I can give you as an experienced therapist, and as an employer is to try to do your training properly. Invest your money in nationally recognised qualifications that will allow you to get the insurance and licenses for your practice, and one of the most important things it will give you the confidence to offer your services around. I hope this helps, and my best wishes in your new venture 🙂

    • jan.clifton 11th January 2020 at 6:43 pm

      This is great. Goid for you. I also had time off work due to an operation. I took my time recuperating thinking about my carer. I’d been in retail for 22 years, and for last 2-3 was not happy with all the changes. So I signed up on Open University. Chose Animal Care Level 3, and put in my retirement. I feel like a weight has been lifted and now feel quite excited for a new future. I wish you all the best for yours.

      Jan. C.

    • aislinggray 27th January 2020 at 3:15 pm

      Hi all, very interesting and inspiring to hear of your career change plans.  We have a career change section on our website which might be a useful resource for those of you who know you’d like to change career but haven’t quite decided what’s next: https://restless.co.uk/career-advice/career-change-advice/


    • jim.burgess97 12th April 2020 at 11:30 am

      Hello everyone

      I recently left my last employer of over 28 years (December 19) to try to achieve a better work life balance

      I am fully CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) and Professional Diploma in Lean Manufacturing (manufacturing Institute) qualified
      My last role for a B2B business with an annual turnover of 7.5m was as their Operations Manager responsible for all their supply chain activities and procurement (Direct and Indirect)

      My plan was to look for a  role within procurement or the supply chain that can provide a better work / life balance but have found that companies either believe I would leave in search of a similar role to my last employment or are over qualified for the position I am applying.

      To be honest I feel trapped into applying for similar roles as before which was not the PLAN

      I am 55 years old (Live in Manchester) and my next job is not about how much money I earn but more about greater job satisfaction 

      I would consider a total career change for the right opportunity and if anyone knows of any opportunities or would like to see my CV please get in touch

    • pinkgekko 17th April 2020 at 4:48 pm

      Im not sure if this qualifies for this section of the forum but many of the themes about work/life balance, being trapped into the type of role you’ve being doing for many years and the complete change of thinking about what work should/could be, really resonates with me.  Here we go…

      In 2009 I took a redundancy package from a company Id happily worked at for 10 years. This was my chance to take a year out and give myself time to think about what I should do next. In reality, I lasted 6 weeks before the anxiety of not earning a regular salary set in and I was back in the same work Id so recently left.

      My second chance was 5 years later when I decided to take another break. This time, I lasted 10 months before I allowed myself to be lured back into the fray.

      In 2018, it was third time lucky and I really went for it. At 55, I resigned from my lovely full time role, sold the house we’d lived in for 20 years, moved to the other side of the country, set up a small holding and quietly started coach/mentoring.

      Why the small holding ? Because when I was a kid I wanted to be a safari park ranger. Working with animals was going to be my career – somehow I got seriously distracted !

      Why the coach/mentoring? Because working with people was by far the best bit of my 30+ years in Corporate life.

      It’s been nearly 2 years since I made that ‘third time lucky’ change. Some days its hard, (motivation/finances)  but on the whole it’s been brilliant.   It took me 6 months to decompress from busy corporate life, have the space to think clearly and readjust in every possible way imaginable to a new way of living.

      Its going to be different for everyone but the nub I think is getting down to the core of what you love and then following that thread.


    • Smeinnit 25th April 2020 at 11:50 pm

      I’m early 50’s and employed in Purchasing. I have worked in Purchasing for over 25 years and I’m looking for change. Anything considered. Particularly interested in healthcare work.

    • lionness665 19th May 2020 at 9:49 pm

      Hi I am Lillian and just joined this group I believe that age will affect many people of an age after this Corona Virus is controlled but it will take a long time for jobs, Education and life styles to get back to the way it was.

    • jo_ukl 22nd May 2020 at 7:25 am

      I left a career as a community school health nurse in 2013 after 23 years due to mental health issues and general frustration with nhs hierarchy at that time. We sold our house, moved to the East Coast and bought a B&B…. last year we decided we needed our lives back, put it up for sale and were so lucky to complete on 3 March….and are now back much closer to our families. For the first time ever in my life at 58 years young, we have a little nest egg and the plan was/is for us to both get part time jobs and just enjoy our freedom and new lives…pottering around the garden with our little dog, and researching the local coffee establishments. Looking for something  maybe in retail, a garden centre, gift or craft shop, coffee shop/bakery. Am in Chesterfield area so close to the lovely Peak District… hoping there may be some opportunities as people start to open up again after lockdown xx

    • susiebeck60 22nd May 2020 at 10:56 am

      Yep.   I’ve taken voluntary redundancy from my current role in IT Service Management and I’m going semi retired 😊.  I’ll be doing 16 hours a week as a re-enablement carer working for my local county council.    Can’t wait!!


    • nobbys.clarke 22nd May 2020 at 11:01 am


      yes not through choice though unfortunately i was made redundant after 32 years service in the upholstery trade.

      i am now looking to give it a go on my own so to speak.

      wish me luck i think i’m gonna need it 🙂

    • melayahm 23rd May 2020 at 10:33 am

      It seems to me that an awful lot of people are going to be forced to make a career change this year, and not through choice. And obviously, at the older end of the age range, it will be harder for unskilled workers like myself than perhaps those who have useful, sought after skills. Anyone can be a shop worker, factory worker, cleaner. I’m waiting to see how things pan out with the independant bookshop I work in, once we can reopen. Retail is going to be very different, and not in a good way, like working from home could be. People who’ve never shopped online in their life will have had to try it and found that it’s not as bad as they imagined, I doubt huge numbers will go back to shops unless it’s for the social interaction. So, I’ve finally started putting some of my craftwork online, it will need constant working on, and still no guarantees, ( I love making things but hate all the peripheral stuff that is required like photographs, postage, paperwork etc)  but I feel I probably need to at least make a start and dip a toe in the water.

      • katrina.symonds 28th May 2020 at 8:45 am

        Hi I am also about to try to do this with handmade quilts, but where do you start?

        • Elena 2nd June 2020 at 12:51 pm

          Hi Katrina,

          I have started doing embroidery just before the lock down, I find it relaxing. I am not sure if I will want to sell, but i became aware of a few platforms where you can present your work online, lots of tutorial on You-tube as well, good luck.

        • melayahm 3rd August 2020 at 3:03 pm

          Hi. There are various websites that you can sell handmade items, Etsy being the obvious one, but that has grown so large, since they sold it, and now has so many Chinese entries, I’m not sure how easy  it is to be found now. Currently I’ve opened up a page on nuMonday, https://www.numonday.com/ which is based in Glasgow, and with them, you pay them a fee, either monthly or yearly, and that’s it, but you need to open up an account with Stripe, who do the money side and take 1.4% +20p, so less than Paypal. I have a few things on there at them moment, been open a couple of weeks. They don’t seem to do massive amounts of publicity, it seems to be mostly word of mouth/social media by the sellers, but they have a facebook page which is extremely active. Understandably, I’ve noticed waaay more activity lately, as I guess many others are also joining in these times. There is also Folksy https://folksy.com/ who are based in Sheffield, but they have a tiered membership system. I’ve not tried them yet, but I might try them for my ooak bears some time. I have the feeling that they are a bit more up market than nuMonday, and have dearer priced stuff, so your quilts might go better there, as I imagine they are not cheap! I’ve seen varying opinions on all of these, some people have better success with some than others, who knows why. These are just the ones I know of, there may be others out there. Also, people have Facebook pages dedicated to their crafts and can point their FB followers to, but I’m not sure if they work as a marketplace or what FB do with those kind of pages. But FB, Twitter ( I can’t be bothered with Twitter) Instagram etc are all ways to publicise and show your work. There maybe quilting/textiles specialist page. Google your fingers off!


    • Stephen 23rd May 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Hi There .

      Yes i am  also in the throws of a change in circumstances ,as well ,leaving my employment after forty four years,with the same company ,because

      the stress levels are intolerable, and i do not feel satisfied or as contented as i did .

    • lisa 9th June 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Having run my own property management and holiday rental company in Cyprus for 17 years I am in the process of transitioning it to a new owner and have some some start up business consulting over the last year which has been interesting. Covid19 has given me the opportunity to take some time out for me and to think about what will give me a new sense of purpose and want to do next. It’s been nice to do some exercise every day and catch up with friends but I am an entrepreneur at heart and I’m looking for my next project.