I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I don't know where to start.
I work in a rather specialized field, have a specialized degree, and have, what feels like, very specific job experience.
I love what I do. My field is highly regulated by state, local, and federal rules and regulations, and I love the challenge of working through things that are taken to be very black and white and finding the shades of grey and how to apply them to current situations or conditions. I get to work with and develop relationships with various entities and agencies to work towards some kind of greater good. Plus I just think it's cool.
The problem is, over the last year I've realized that I took the wrong job to try and progress my career path. Where I am at now has completely stunted any future growth or development in my field. I am not getting the experience or exposure that I need to be able to move to the next tier in my path, and the only way around that seems to be a step down and backwards. I can't afford the severe pay cut that would come with that, and honestly I don't want to go back to that facet of my career. I worked damn hard to get where I am now. I've been applying like crazy for other positions in my field but can't make it past the phone/skype interview stage, or the qualifications are so far beyond what my experience is that it isn't even funny.
I am starting to feel like my only option is to change careers all together, but I don't even know where to begin. I feel like my experience would translate to other fields or professions, but I don't know where to begin. I want to go into consulting, but typically planning and consulting require an engineering background, which I don't have....like at all.
I guess I don't have a specific question...but I would appreciate any words of wisdom or advice on getting into a completely different career and how to position myself for that kind of transition?
Thanks for reading and TIA for any advice you have.
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