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Career change...sort of

By lvn ·
I've been involved with establishing, delivering, and managing on a daily basis technology training for end users in several different organizations and companies for many years. The majority of the training has been on standard commercial word processing, spreadsheeting, and database software, in addition to various e-mail packages. In addition, I've also developed many manuals and other forms of user documentation to accompany all of this training.

My current position is being eliminated within a few months from now and my preference now is to manage training programs more from an HR perspective, i.e. management training, soft skills training, etc. I've always felt that there are certain tenets regarding training and training philosophies that apply regardless of the subject matter of the training. My question is this...will my background in technical training work against me in securing a position as I now desire? Any thoughts on this will be greatly appreciated.

P.S. My educational background (as ancient as it is) is in education, psychology, and sociology (very people-oriented and "soft").

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by inquiry In reply to Career change...sort of

Hi Ivan, You might check out this website:

There is a very cutting edge organization there that has programs that are ideal for folks who are facing change.


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Very marketable

by gralfus In reply to Career change...sort of

Your skills are not limited to IT training, and have application in many fields. If you can find a company that actually has its own training dept, that is great. However, many are going with vendors or contractors to do training. Consider working for a training vendor, and maybe start your own company (if you have business skills as well).

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Actually have done both in the past...

by lvn In reply to Very marketable

Thanks for your response. Ironically, I did work for a training vendor several years ago and that lasted a few years until they laid off all of their PC trainers because they decided to go in another direction. It was at that point that I decided to become an independent contractor and did training for a few different client companies...unfortunately, after a few years of doing that, my client base dried up and I wound up going back to work full-time for a company handling their training function.

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