1. Homepage
  2. Career Guidance
  3. I'm 35 and in need of an industry switch. Help me pick?


Hey y’all! Looking for some help figuring out where I fit and what might be a good next move in my career.

First, I’m near the top of my current industry. I’ve managed multiple “non-profit” organizations in a fast paced and very stressful industry. There are only a few options for me to continue an upward trajectory and they involve too much stress and public scrutiny. Or selling myself as a consultant, which I don’t think I want to do.

My current job requires budget management, staff management of 7 full timers and about 20 consultants, constant engagement with the public and press, “marketing”, digital ad buying, a lot of writing, and lots of fundraising, among other responsibilities. It also involves a great deal of scrutiny of my personal life, and very high stakes. Finally, I work about 70-80 hours a week, and need to be available 24/7. I’ve gotten here by being very good at managing people and resources, building very good teams, and developing solid and open work cultures. I know this “business” in and out and have held jobs in most departments in the industry over the last 12 years or so.

I love the fast pace, the way everyday is different, and the high stakes.

But the money isn’t as good as I’d like it to be, and my family life doesn’t jive well with the demands of the job. So I’m looking for a switch, but outside of other small/medium non-profits I’m just not sure where I fit.

In an ideal world I’d be working in the start-up and tech sectors, but it’s hard to see why someone would hire me to manage people at the start-up stage, and I’ve got no technical skills.

So, I’m hoping you amazing people would be willing to help me find a good fit for a next step and help me translate my current experience into a new position. I’m willing to start out in a lower position and salary then I currently enjoy.

I’ll actively answer questions as well, since I’m not sure what info might be helpful in solving this problem for me.

Thanks y’all!


View Reddit by notmynormalaccount16View Source