Career Change

Job Change after 25 Years in Retail

I'm looking to make a job change after 25 years in my own retail business. I am uncertain about what I want to do and would like to meet with a career couselor to discuss some different options. Do you offer this type of service?

I certainly would recommmend that you work with a career counselor. You could contact: The Jewish Vocational Service at 216 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 700, Chicago, Illinois 60606, (312) 673-3400. The Skokie office of JVS is at 5150 W Golf Road, (847) 568-5150.

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Over 50 and Unemployed

My husband and I both recently lost our jobs. We are both 58 and unable to retire at this time. I've been in the home building industry for 20 years and really don't know anything else. My husband has been in the grocery business for about 27years. We are both concerned about the possibility of ever finding a job at our age. Please help us determine what we need to do in order to get back into the work place.

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Leaving Sales

I have been in the banking industry for 9 years. I am currently a branch manager and have a degree in management and a graduate certificate in financial planning. I hold series 6&63 Securities License and I am an insurance agent. I am fed up with sales and am having trouble getting involved in another field. Do you have any suggestions for a career, unrelated to sales, where I could use my experiences?

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Becoming a Financial Analyst

 My undergraduate degree is in philosophy, and I have been working in mortgage banking as a loan officer for 2 years. I would like to become a chartered financial analyst and will start studying for the Level I exam in June. I was told that once I pass the first exam, I would be able to find a job at an analyst firm or bank to get the necessary experience to get the charter. Is this true? Would you advise going back to school for a finance degree? Most of my credits will not transfer as they are from a university based in Rome.

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Mid-Level Opportunities

Are there any jobs out there that are between assistant and management? It appears that organizations want you to be one or the other and are no longer offering coordinator or mid-level opportunities.

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Depression and the Job Search

I've worked since I was 16 and I stopped working at 29, as I had just burned the candle on both ends. I took some time out to try a career change as a cultural performer and now I am at home and jobless. On my job applications it looks like I didn't do anything for 3 years! The interviewers I am honest with don't even call me back. I'm starting to feel a physical depression and unqualified for anything. I need a start in the right direction, but I don't know where to start.

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Leaving Education

I am a certified teacher K through 9 with a masters degree in education. I would like to know what other career opportunities - other than teaching in the classroom for which I am qualified.

My first question to you would be why did you decided to leave teaching. When I work with clients who begin to search for new career opportunities, we try to determine if they are interested in "moving toward" or are merely "running from." Once that is clearly determined, we can move forward in the process.

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Masters in Counseling

I recently graduated with my masters degree in counseling and human services from a local University. Although I am not a LCPC yet, I would like to know what kind of career or field should I be looking for and what salary should I be asking for?

I'm not sure I have answers for you, but I do have lots of questions! What kind of career do you want? What areas are you interested in? What areas do you have skills in? Where do your skills and experience fit into the needs of the workplace? These are all issues you need to explore.

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Becoming a Counselor

I would like to get into the Career Counseling field or some kind of leadership position. I have education background but not much experience.

There are many different paths to take to get to the next step in our career/life. And there are different routes one might take. But I'll give it a shot anyway.

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Former Trader

I have been a floor trader for the past 17 years, and have traded for a group as well as a sole-proprietor. With the advent of screen based trading systems, the trading floor has become virtually obsolete. I would like to speak to a Career Expert and explore any and all opportunities.

Sounds like you are in the "market" for some career counseling. It will be best for you to meet with someone in person. There are some excellent agencies and private practitioners in the area, it all depends on what type of services you generally feel more comfortable with.

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