Would a Career Change Accomplish a $14K Salary Increase?


Karen writes:
I’ve been a travel agent for 10 years and am making less than $25000 per year.
I’ve recently received my bachelor’s degree and am very interested in changing
careers to the human resources field. Since my salary is so low do you feel even
with my degree it would be hard to even change careers and achieve a salary over
$39000 per year? What is the best route to break into a new career in human
resources?



The Career Doctor responds:
There are any number of reasons why people change careers though usually it
revolves around discovering a new career passion or interest — and not so much
on the money. I’m a little concerned that you have such a focus on salary and
not on other issues.
Often when you change careers — no matter how many years of work experience
you have in other fields — you take a pay-cut because you have achieved a certain
level within your old career. The good news for you though is that you should see
a pay increase from the $25000 you have been making — but don’t expect a huge jump.
The salary offer you may receive depends greatly on the position within HR you are
hired for the geographic location the industry and the company itself. You can get
an idea of salary ranges you might expect based on some of these criteria by
using a resource such as Salary.com.
I would also consult with the professionals in your college’s career services office
a few of your former HR professors and the resources of the Society of Human Resource Management — one of your professional organizations.
Your best method of finding a new job in this field is through networking. Use professional organizations alumni career services friends and family and other sources for building
your network of contacts. Let them know you have recently received your degree and
are in the midst of a career change.
Resources that can help you in this career change:

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Karen writes:
I’ve been a travel agent for 10 years and am making less than $25000 per year.
I’ve recently received my bachelor’s degree and am very interested in changing
careers to the human resources field. Since my salary is so low do you feel even
with my degree it would be hard to even change careers and achieve a salary over
$39000 per year? What is the best route to break into a new career in human
resources?



The Career Doctor responds:
There are any number of reasons why people change careers though usually it
revolves around discovering a new career passion or interest — and not so much
on the money. I’m a little concerned that you have such a focus on salary and
not on other issues.
Often when you change careers — no matter how many years of work experience
you have in other fields — you take a pay-cut because you have achieved a certain
level within your old career. The good news for you though is that you should see
a pay increase from the $25000 you have been making — but don’t expect a huge jump.
The salary offer you may receive depends greatly on the position within HR you are
hired for the geographic location the industry and the company itself. You can get
an idea of salary ranges you might expect based on some of these criteria by
using a resource such as Salary.com.
I would also consult with the professionals in your college’s career services office
a few of your former HR professors and the resources of the Society of Human Resource Management — one of your professional organizations.
Your best method of finding a new job in this field is through networking. Use professional organizations alumni career services friends and family and other sources for building
your network of contacts. Let them know you have recently received your degree and
are in the midst of a career change.
Resources that can help you in this career change:


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