This is a real life career change story from being an Accountant to a Web Designer/Developer.
Q1: What was the driver for the change?
A1: Desire to do something else.
Q2: How did you make the transition?
A2: At first I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I have an MBA and got into Real Estate as a way to transition out of accounting; however, my endeavor into real estate was a way to “supplement” my income and not be my main source of income. I took some personality test and discovered that I enjoy being creative and working on the computer. I enrolled in the Art Institute and earned a degree in technical web design/development and am now in the job market for that field.
Q3: What education or training did you get?
A3: I enrolled in the Art Institute and earned a degree in technical web design/development. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA!! YEAH!
Q4: What do you like the most about your new career?
A4: I love coding in HTML and creating in print and for the web as well as learning new technologies and using Adobe Creative Suites.
Q5: Please describe your overall career change experience.
A5: The process of going to school was rewarding because I exceled in each course and as a member of the 40 club, I didn’t think I had what it took to go back and learn something new at my age but I did.
Q6: What advice will you give to people who want to change careers?
A6: My advice would be if you find yourself unfulfilled in your current career, don’t be afraid to step outside the box and make a change but do it strategically. Continue working, save money, go back to school if you need to, and make a move when the time is right.
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.