Employment Blog

Finding a new field

I’ve been an attorney for over 18 years and, earlier this year, for family reasons, I found I had to resign my partnership and relocate to Chicago. With that situation resolved, I am ready to find a challenging position, along with the opportunity to best employ my skill set and experience. I am open to other kinds of positions, however, my two main areas of experience lie in the fact that I was in Claims/Risk Management for 15 years, I’ve been an attorney for over 18.

Getting a Portfolio Analysis Career

I am currently a Credit Analyst for a brokerage firm and I want to get into portfolio analysis for hedge funds. How can I break into this exclusive career with my experience?

Going from Journalism to Social Work

A friend of mine has been looking for a job change. He's been working as a sports writer for a local newspaper, but he's now interested in finding different work in media or journalism and/or a new career in the mental health-social work field. The questions are, How does one locate a career guidance counselor that is free that could assist him in discovering his possible career options related to these two areas of employment? Could they provide him access to resources? Could they assist him in locating actual job opportunities? It would be helpful if you could help me with my friend's questions and concerns.

How do I get back into the IT (Information Technology) field?

I had been in the IT (Information Technology) for more than 20 years and believe have sufficient knowledge and experience to not only excel on the field once again but also mentor or teach newcomers to the career. I just turned 59 years old. I was with a major telephone firm as a QA manager back in 2002 when due to acquisition, my position was eliminated. For the next 2 years after that, I had been looking for a job. To compound the matter, I could not work until 2004 due to health issues. Since 2004 to date I had been working as an advisor with a major bank (non-IT).

Leaving Real Estate

I have been working in the commercial real estate industry since the late 1980's. I am currently looking to change fields and enter the not for profit sector. I would like to know if there are any avenues you would recommend I use to start a search. I do realize this will be a challenging path, which is why I am hoping you may help point me in the right direction.

Leaving Sales

I have been in the banking industry for 9 years. I am currently a branch manager and have a degree in management and a graduate certificate in financial planning. I hold series 6&63 Securities License and I am an insurance agent. I am fed up with sales and am having trouble getting involved in another field. Do you have any suggestions for a career, unrelated to sales, where I could use my experiences?

No Longer a Floor Trader

I have been a floor trader for the past 17 years, and have traded for a group as well as a sole-proprietor. With the advent of screen based trading systems, the trading floor has become virtually obsolete. I would like to speak to a Career Expert and explore any and all opportunities.

Sounds like you are in the "market" for some career counseling. It will be best for you to meet with someone in person. There are some excellent agencies and private practitioners in the area, it all depends on what type of services you generally feel more comfortable with.

Military to Civilian

I am on active duty in the US Army and am about to retire after 20 years of service. I am a NON-Commissioned Officer with 16 plus years of leadership and management experience with as many as 20 personnel and $20,000,000 dollars worth of government equipment under my direct influence in the most extreme of situations. I also have a B.S.B.A with a concentration of General Management. What are some of my career opportunities in the Chicagoland area?

Paycut?

I have a Master's in Professional Counseling, not licensed yet, over 13 years of progressive Administrative Assistant experience. I don't want to enter the mental health field as I would have to take a huge paycut. Human Resource jobs at higher compensation levels do not seem to exist. Should I just give up and be an administrator for my career or can you think of any way I can leverage my valuable skills to transfer to another industry, without taking such a dramatic pay cut?

Trying to Break in as a Compensation Analyst

I have worked as an auditor/accountant for the past 10 years and I currently work for one of the Big Four firms. Within the last two years I have decided that I have no desire to continue on this path, although I am not completely sure where I would like to end up. My interest right now lies in Human Resources as a compensation analyst. I have no compensation experience but I do have experience in analyzing data and critical thinking. What is the best way for me to break into this field? I realize that I would most likely have to take a pay cut also and I'm okay with that as long as I'm rewarded appropriately.

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