Your enthusiasm for your once exciting career as an automotive technician may have worn thin for any number of reasons, but you should know you're not alone. Every year, at least 15,000 auto technicians leave the field. If you're thinking of joining them but still love cars and learning about advancements in the automotive field, realize that successful auto technicians have multiple options.
You Have a Strong Skill Set
New Ways to Use Your Skills in the Field
Before leaving the automotive industry entirely, think about using your hard-earned skills in the same field but in different ways. You have many choices.
Or Make a Clean Break
Skilled auto technicians can transfer their skills and knowledge to many fields. With training, former auto technicians are now successfully working in such diverse areas as office-equipment repair, printing-press repair and aircraft maintenance and repair.
"We've seen some [former auto techs] get really good in computers and then go into that field," says Richie Longo, instructor supervisor at Porter and Chester Institute, which has campuses throughout New England. Others have gone into insurance adjusting. "It's not that big a change," he says.
Before Making a Major Change, Know What You Want
With numerous options, it makes sense to start the career-change process by writing down what you really like to do. Do not list job titles. Instead, write down the tasks you enjoy the most. You can then use this list to look for jobs that will allow you to concentrate on these activities. Remember, if you can find a job doing what you really enjoy, the effort you put into your job change will seem well worthwhile.
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