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Right. *deep breath*. So. It cannot have escaped the attention of alert witterers that I have been, shall we say, less than satisfied with my career and work life of late. Even before the upheavals caused by eighteen months of student protests, campus closures and the concomitant conditions of resource-shrinkage, my job was always a compromise: I do it well, and it has elements I enjoy and find rewarding, but they're small patches within a landscape with more than its fair share of admin swamps, uphill battles and the active orientation/registration volcano into which I am annually and ritually flung. The student protests have been the earthquake which, once the aftershocks have settled, has rearranged that landscape into one where the enjoyable patches are becoming actually difficult to locate.

I need, in short, a new job. More than that, a new career. The niche I have filled is so highly specialised that nothing else like it exists within my Cherished Institution; I have no desire to exchange my current post-student-protest difficulties for the identical or worse ones at any other institution in this country, and given that it's taken me six months and various lovely friends prodding me consistently and affectionately with sticks to get my change-averse hang-ups suppressed to the point of wanting a new job at all, I'm really not up to complicating "new job" with "new country" simultaneously. So new career it is. I am, in short, planning to shake the dust of academic from my booted feet, preferably within the next six months so I don't have to endure the bloody start-of-year volcano again.

This not unnaturally raises the difficult question of what the hell I can do instead. I have been a university teacher, researcher and administrator for my entire adult life. I have a raft of actually fairly highly honed and useful skills that go beyond the standard research/writing and teaching/counselling areas (and I'm actually damned good at those) into process management, logistics, administration, organisational insight and a variety of other potentially marketable abilities and experiences. What I lack is a sense of what the hell is out there, job-wise, that would make use of them. My experience of the non-university working landscape is so minimal that I don't even know what sort of job titles or keywords to search for.

So, when in doubt, crowd-source. A lot of you who read my blog are not in academia, or have partners or contacts or experiences outside the Ivory Tower even if you are academics. Knowing me, and the kinds of things I've been doing for decades, are there any particular roles you can think of in the non-academic world that I would be suited to? Industries, skill areas, job titles, corners where you know academic training is an advantage? Something to point me in the right direction? If it helps, I've updated my LinkedIn profile with fairly detailed job descriptions that give some idea of the individual skills my work life has developed.

I would be deeply grateful for any suggestions that would help me identify a direction for a search, because right now, frankly, the compass is simply spinning gently. Along, in fact, with my head.

My subject line is, of course, from David Bowie's "Changes", because where else?

Date: Tuesday, 30 May 2017 12:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I know what I would say if you lived in here - the public service...but alas in the South African context that is probably out of the fireplace into the firepit! It is such a common career transition here as it is one of those places where general project management and logistics, as well as thinking and research are useful.

What is the private educational sector like over there? Do you have independent companies that offer career and tertiary education advice or counselling to students? Is there a niche you could explore offering your services privately to parents/students navigating higher education prep?

I know over here there is a rise in start ups offering a mixed bag of professional development and other allied services, which include things like facilitation, conference logistics/events, key notes speakers, co-design, stakeholder engagement, professional writing...we have worked with a few and I can imagine that you have a fair few skills that would be relevant in this sector. It is very learning focused, and you have many relevant skills. This is one group: peeracademy.com

Date: Wednesday, 7 June 2017 03:48 am (UTC)
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Project management (for just about anybody).
You're also used to obscure rules, so you would probably do well in financial or legal.
The folks who organize training seminars/conventions for corporations.

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