A recession may not be an ideal climate for a career change, but that doesn’t mean there’s a ban on hunting season. In fact, contrary to what you may believe, a bad economy can actually benefit workers looking to make a switch.
“Making a career change is a personal decision that is up to each individual worker,” Allison Nawoj, Corporate Communications Manager for CareerBuilder.com, says. “Sometimes a layoff or other kind of termination can be a catalyst to switching careers.”
Consider, as an example, Eileen Roth of Scottsdale, Ariz., who told MainStreet she became a professional organizer (and went out to write Organizing for Dummies) after she was laid off twice in one year from two different association management firms. Or look at Carrie Rocha of Minneapolis, who started Pocketyourdollars.com after a new budget plan indicated she could be laid off from her Chief Operating Officer position.
“I went from being the Chief Operating Officer at a Minneapolis-based nonprofit to being a full-time blogger,” Rocha explains. “There I was, truly a behind-the-scenes COO where I ran the inside and my boss, the President, was the face person. Now, by way of example, I have done 120 plus media appearances in the first year in my new role as a money-saving expert.”
While Rocha’s and Roth’s stories are undoubtedly impressive, prospective career changers will be happy to know that they’re not terribly unique.
“Over the past year, I’ve seen marketers morph into business developers, in-house recruiters turn into office managers and CIOs take jobs as software developers,” Liz Ryan, workplace expert and former Fortune 500 Human Resource Executive, says. “We are in the midst of a massive national rebranding.”