Is a Career Change in the Cards?

are_you_readyChanging careers can be an exciting but scary prospect.

If you have been feeling burned out at your current occupation, it may be time for a change to give you that excitement for your career. However, you may not want to start all over back at entry-level in your new career either for pay or for responsibility.

The key is to consider industries that hire people changing careers and utilize their current knowledge in a new way.

Consulting

Consultants are in high demand, especially from companies that are seeking to grow and expand. Use the knowledge you have gained in your previous field to help others. This is an ideal career choice if you once loved your job but were tired of some aspects.

Your knowledge comes at a good price, especially if you were in a management role or other high-level position.

Information Technology

As the following article shows, another of the industries that hire people making a career change is computer and network security or information technology. You often don’t need a special degree since many departments prefer to train you on their own.

A background working with computers, especially if you know a little coding, could be enough to get your foot in the door.

Even though you may start out in a lower position, you often see higher salaries because of the industry. It is easy to promote up in the ranks if you have good basic skills and learn quickly.

Online Media and Marketing

If you have a background that is compatible, you will find a wealth of jobs in this industry. From journalism to advertising to public relations to web design, there are many aspects of your former career that can give you the edge over the competition.

The key with this industry is to look for an online version of your prior job.

For example, you can find jobs in IT management working from a remote location. If you worked in sales, transfer that knowledge to internet marketing.

Teaching

More people are involved in virtual learning than ever before. This allows you to use your background to teach others online.

Traditional colleges offer online classes and often look for teachers dedicated to that aspect rather than having one teacher manage both physical and virtual classrooms.

Other educational sites hire people to write and teach courses as part of programs they offer to businesses.

The subjects are vast and can be generalized like how to be a good manager, or they may be specific to an industry. You often can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want.

Making the Change

Before you quit your job, find out what options are available in a new career. Consider using some of what you have been doing in your current job to give you an advantage over others. Don’t forget to consider volunteer experience as well as your previous career.

It’s never too late to find a job that you love, so don’t hesitate to switch careers.

Just make a game plan and know where you are going.

About the Author: Joyce Morse is an author who writes on a variety of topics, including business and careers.

Make It Your Business to Teach English

If you have an uncanny grasp of the English language or you have a desire to teach, then teaching English as a second language might just be the perfect job for you.

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Luckily, there are a number of countries across the world (many of which are in Europe) that are looking for passionate ESL (English as a second language) and TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) teachers.

With language studies in mind, here are 6 countries where teaching English could lead to a full-time job:

France

When you think of teaching English as a second language, France probably doesn’t immediately come to mind. Although a large percentage of Paris’s population speaks English, France is a huge country with many other non-English speaking regions.

Thanks to the country’s Ministry of Education and the American Assistants in France program, acquiring a work visa is a breeze. And, along with the culture, sights, sounds, and wonderful people, France is also one of the highest paying countries for ESL and TEFL instructors, but certification is required.

Spain

Not only does Spain have beautiful beaches, an exciting nightlife, and tons of great food, the second largest country in Western Europe is also filled with locals eager to learn English. In fact, ESL and TEFL instructors are in such high demand that the Spanish government recruits thousands of English-speaking teachers to the country each year.

Although a work visa is hard to come by, the pay is above average and the towns and cities are lush paradises. In addition, if you have trouble finding students in the private sector, there are a number of language institutes that are always hiring certified instructors.

Russia

Don’t let the blustery winter weather and seemingly hostile political environment deter you, because Russia and other opportunities as this article shows can be a great place to look at how to invest in your career.

Not only does the country have many major cities including Moscow and Saint Petersburg, but Russians are eager to learn and improve their language skills. Additionally, because language institutes are few and far between in the country, private lessons are very profitable.

Costa Rica

The Costa Rican coast has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but there are also plenty of opportunities for ESL instructors looking to make a living. Thanks to the massive tourism sector, Costa Rica has a strong economy.

This means more locals are eager to learn English and have the extra income to do so. Although the pay rate for English language instructors in Costa Rica is lower than average, the country’s low cost of living means there’s plenty of potential to save money and maintain a healthy income.

South Korea

There are a number of reputable language institutions in South Korea that are always looking for quality ESL and TEFL instructors. In addition, the pay rate for certified instructors is high, especially when it comes to private schools around Seoul and other larger cities.

In addition to all of the advantages above, if you arrange your teaching position ahead of time, many institutions include airfare and free or reduced-cost housing. Just remember that South Korea has some pretty strict work visa requirements.

United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates includes locales such as Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and other Persian Gulf Countries. Because of the area’s dealings with the United States, citizens are eager to learn English as a second language.

The biggest draw of the United Arab Emirates is the earning potential. Many of the language institutions pay for airfare and living expenses. Because of this, there’s plenty of room for certified ESL and TEFL instructors to earn and save a substantial income.

If you’re ready to teach the English language abroad for a living, then keep in mind the ideal locations above. As many business owners worldwide will attest to, having people in their countries with English speaking abilities is good for business.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including travel and living abroad.