Making the change from academia to the world of work
Interview question - February 19, 2008
I have been working for universities most of my life, as a researcher. Now I am 36 and I need to change career.
The problem is I am overqualified for most of the jobs but do not have necessary experience (I am considering administrative jobs). I have only had one interview so far and it did not go very well. First problem was I could not answer very specific questions related to work, although I am a quick learner and I am sure once I have started I would figure it out very quickly.
Second problem - what do I say when asked why I am changing career? The truthful answer is that I am not too good in my current job, and I also need stability (I could continue on fixed-term contracts but I have a family now and I am tired of uncertainty), but I cannot say that.
Could you please give me advise on how to convince employers that despite being an old academic, I will quickly learn new tricks. And how to answer "correctly" why I am changing jobs...