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    Career Change Ideas Please

    Hello all

    I've been working in my current role for just over two and half years.

    I've been involved with IT since college (AVCE ICT), studied it at University (Business Information Technology) and took a placement year as a ICT Technician.

    I am seriously considering a change of enviroment/role but i have no idea to what sort of role to apply for?

    Money is a part of the reason for a change of career and i understand education isn't the best paid sector for IT Techs.

    Although my manager is great and the tasks/jobs i do are great and vary, i do find the social side depressing sometimes in my current role.

    In my previous jobs i have made very good friends and there has always been a social aspect to the job e.g. going out for drinks etc.

    We dont talk too much in our department 9 two techs and one NM (we are busy sometimes with jobs etc which i understand) and the only people i really "have a laugh" with are the office staff.

    I dont get the chance to socialise with teachers, i work 9-5 and havent had a chance to build up friendships and a lot of the people at my workplace are at a different stage in their life compared to me.

    I would really like to work somewhere where there is a lively atmosphere, lots of teamwork and im open to a non IT role.

    I was going to apply for a student paramedic role but unfortunately all the places on their course were full up.

    I dont have any real responsibilities and would also consider working abroad.

    I would really appreciate some advice/ideas/feedback.

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    I Guess you are in your early twenties. If I were you, I would go to Camp America (or equivalent - I forget the one in Europe). It won't pay much, but the social side is second to none, and you learn valuable 'life' skills etc, that many employers are looking for - not just 'techy' experience.

    That's where I would be looking, best of luck!

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    I Guess you are in your early twenties. If I were you, I would go to Camp America (or equivalent - I forget the one in Europe). It won't pay much, but the social side is second to none, and you learn valuable 'life' skills etc, that many employers are looking for - not just 'techy' experience.
    I have a friend who worked in IT and has just done this he's having the time of his life at the moment. He started with an outdoor company who paid for him to take all of his outdoor instruction badges, he was only paid 100 per week for this part but it was only a few months and the rent and food is free. Now he's off teaching kayaking, archery, climbing and other stuff in Dubai getting the same deal but approx 300 per week.

    It won't make you rich but it'll certainly make you happy for a few years

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    You say you tried for student paramedic and you want good social life. If you're not too fussed about pay why don't you look into nursing? I trained as an RGN and worked in nursing for 7 years. Pay was rubbish but the job was excellent (hard graft though!), I learnt a huge amount, and the social life was second to none, plus you can use your qualification all over the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timzim View Post
    You say you tried for student paramedic and you want good social life. If you're not too fussed about pay why don't you look into nursing? I trained as an RGN and worked in nursing for 7 years. Pay was rubbish but the job was excellent (hard graft though!), I learnt a huge amount, and the social life was second to none, plus you can use your qualification all over the world.
    Sounds intriguing and i like the idea of having a qualification that could be used worldwide.

    What does RGN stand for?

    What i liked about the student paramedic role was it was a mixture of learning in a classroom and on the job training plus you get paid while doing this.

    Do you know what the entry routes into a nursing career are?

    Is it possible to learn on the job?

    What is the pay like?

    I currently earn about 18.5k a year.

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    What does RGN stand for?
    Registered General Nurse

    @ timzim I thought pay for an RGN was 'ok' these days 20k + is that not the case?

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    What about teaching????? That qualification can be transported also!

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    I have a sailing/powerboating qualification and can always fall back on that.

    I too have questioned it, I am not sure what I want to do though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    Registered General Nurse

    @ timzim I thought pay for an RGN was 'ok' these days 20k + is that not the case?
    Some people might consider 20k a good wage - I certainly don't and I couldn't live on it now.

    @Sandeep2504, RGN stands for Registered General Nurse (used to be State Registered Nurse).

    I know they've changed the way training works - in my day the training was on the job whereas now you have to do a nursing degree/diploma. The course is split 50/50 with practical experience so you may well get paid for your time on the wards (don't bet on it though!). There's more info here.

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    I dont think it's all the job that you do, but maybe the place your working in? I know that I've worked on my own mostly (as the only IT tech) over the last 5/6 years, but due to staff evenings out and getting invlolved in activities I have managed to make some good friends who are teachers/office staff/ LSA etc.

    Maybe just a change of scene would help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    I dont think it's all the job that you do, but maybe the place your working in? I know that I've worked on my own mostly (as the only IT tech) over the last 5/6 years, but due to staff evenings out and getting invlolved in activities I have managed to make some good friends who are teachers/office staff/ LSA etc.

    Maybe just a change of scene would help?
    Definitely agree that a change of scene would help but it wont be to another educational establishment.

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    Some people might consider 20k a good wage - I certainly don't and I couldn't live on it now.
    That's why I said 'ok' wage

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    That's why I said 'ok' wage
    As in, "OK, now how the hell am I going to live on that?"....

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    Well you do live in London I wouldn't want to earn less than 100k down there but up in the glorious North you could scrape by on 20k

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    If you need a break... consider PGL. I worked for them for a summer season in the South of France when I was a student... excellent social life!

    Some of those not returning to degree courses ended up in the ski resorts via grape-picking.

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