Successful Career Change Stories From Real-Life “Second Acts”

December 25, 2021 0 By admin

While career transitions are still too subtle for government statisticians to measure precisely, researchers like author Marci Alboher and advocate Marc Freedman collect stories of working adults who have successfully shifted between often-contradictory career paths. In some cases, economic factors pushed these professionals to make the leap to new careers. However, as these case studies illustrate, a growing number of Americans have discovered that the right training and motivation can help them trade boring jobs for passionate pastimes.

Culinary School Graduate Trades Park Ranger Green for Executive Chef White

While earning an undergraduate degree in natural resource management, Radhika Desai’s classmates often referred to her as “our friend who likes to cook.” Later, as a park ranger stationed in sweltering Death Valley, colleagues would visit her trailer for home cooked meals. As she told India Currents magazine in a recent interview, the more she delighted in seeing how friends and family members reacted to her latest culinary creations, the more she considered switching careers.

A visit to relatives in India helped Desai reconnect with the basic comforts offered by food, inspiring her to enroll in culinary school. Restaurant visits and a field trip to the opulent Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai convinced her to focus on fine dining. Though her park ranger days are behind her, Desai’s undergraduate degree gives her a broader understanding of organic produce that helps her uncover sources for the freshest ingredients. Since completing her culinary degree and working in kitchens at some of the world’s advocates in dubai finest restaurants and resorts, Desai has returned to Chicago as the Executive Chef at Between, a trendy boutique and lounge.

Advice for Aspiring Culinary School Enrollees:

o Look for programs that offer quality internships or work experience programs.

o Short courses and “boot camp” culinary programs offer a glimpse of professional life.

o Choose between culinary degree programs that focus on hospitality and food science–students with little interest in restaurant life can perform more effectively in catering kitchens or in research labs.

Part-Time Law School Helps an M.D. Become a J.D.

Four years of undergraduate training, followed by another seven to eleven years of medical school, usually keeps most doctors in the exam room and away from the classroom for the rest of their careers. However, Vietnamese-American surgeon Jasmine Brooks felt something was missing from a career that any parent would crow about. As she told U.S. News & World Report, a health care system that rewarded poor patient care led her to become frustrated about her career path. At the same time, the 39-year-old reflected on careers that could afford her more time to raise a family.

Enrolling in law school part-time gave Dr. Brooks the opportunity to experience a different kind of professional training while still earning an income from her full time job. After two years of attending law school during nights and weekends, she transitioned to a full-time law degree program for the final year of her training. Whether she opts for a job with a health care facility, a pharmaceutical company, or a law firm, Dr. Brooks can expect strong job offers from companies eager to hire a rare MD/JD degree program graduate.

Advice for Law School Students with Active Lives:

o Part-time law schools offer stronger career paths for attorneys with niche interests.