This is a real life story about a career change from being an operating room nurse to a TV videotape editor.
Q1: What was the driver for the change?
A1: Bad back for which I had surgery. Lifting patients wasn’t easy.
Q2: How did you make the transition?
A2: I volunteered at NYC tv station for six months. I also took lessons from husband at his work, HBO. I then applied for a summer relief job at ABC TV Network covering vacations. I had on the job training and did well. I think my age of being older then the kids doing the same thing helped. I was serious.
My transferable skill was I was used to the treatment that the directors gave that was the same as the surgeons I worked with in the operating room. I didn’t get insulted.
Q3: What education or training did you get?
A3: The education was training on special equipment, taking orders, using my judgement in timing and appearance of the video.
Q4: What do you like the most about your new career?
A4: It was fun, it was new and the money was better then I ever earned in nursing. It also was daring, like I have nothing to loose, lets go for it. I was a temp even though I worked almost a complete year for five years before I was hired permanently.
Q5: Please describe your overall career change experience.
A5: It was hard, my life was not my own. The competition was strong. It took a long time before I could refuse anything. I kept extra clothes in my locker.
Q6: What advice will you give to people who want to change careers?
A6: Take a chance. Go for it. Stick with it. Study until you know everything there is to know. Don’t be afraid to work for free if you can afford it. Prove you willingness.
If you had a great career change experience, go ahead and share it. We can all use an inspiration. If you had a difficult experience, please share it as well. It will help others to make better choices for them.To share your story please take the Career Change Experience Questionnaire.