I have recently been furloughed from the airline industry. I worked with the airlines
for 14 years and now am looking for a new job. I was in the purchasing department
for the last four years buying tooling for maintenance for all of our fleets. At this time
I am seriously considering a career change out of the corporate world with its
stress and politics and taking up dog grooming.
I would appreciate any assistance you could give me. I am 49 years old and it’s a
hard decision to make at this time in my life but if I’m going to do something different
now would be the perfect opportunity.
The Career Doctor responds:
A lot of people — especially the baby boomers — are leaving the traditional
workforce and moving forward into a world of entrepreneurship — where your
destiny and success depends a lot more on your efforts than the decisions of
some small group of detached corporate managers. And the airline industry
has experienced much more turbulence (pun intended) than many other industries.
So your next step is deciding on what you want to do with this next chapter
of your life. It sounds as though you have already given it some thought and
are considering dog grooming. Have you done it before? Are you considering
starting your own grooming business — or working with an ?
Is the community where you live (and the surrounding communities) big enough
to support your interests? Can you make enough of a living off of this venture to
live comfortably — or the way you are accustomed to live?
If you’re going out on your own then there are a whole set of other questions
such as do you have the entrepreneurial spirit needed to run your own business?
Do you have the desire to deal with all the issues involved in running your own
I suggest you talk with some dog groomers to help you find the answers to
some of these questions.
You should also look at some of the many resources we have on Quintessential Careers for freelancers and consultants.