The requirements for job hunting change in an everlasting cycle. At one point the requirements for a job might be qualification based. In five to seven years that will have changed to the requirement for experience in the field. Sometimes it will reach the point where they require both to even secure an interview.
I’m travelling this path at the moment and it’s very frustrating. I left a less than dazzling career path in the UK but at least I was employed. It wasn’t what I wanted to do but I needed to work, in the UK. Now I am living here with my husband and the cost of living and his salary combine to mean that we don’t need both salaries, it’s an enviable position to be in. I am in a position to offer my services free to whomever wants me, or work for peanuts. I get the opportunity to prove my skills, add to my résumé, and get experience in my chosen field without having to worry about keeping a roof over my head and food on the table. It’s a position that many people would kill for.
So how do you go about getting the experience you need to move into a new field when you have to hold down a job? Previous personal experience has shown me that doing voluntary work (enough to mean something to a future employer) and holding down a full-time job is exhausting and you don’t perform well at either task.
I’d like to know the answer to this question because I was trying for years and I’m sure several other people want the answer too. Who has time to think and write and ‘do’ when you have a 40 hour work week?