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    Default Time for a new career?..

    Over recent months I've become fairly disenchanted with my job as a Graphic Designer working for a publishing company and decided it was time to move on somewhere else. I've been applying and have had a few interviews for a number of design jobs but as I'm going through the application process I'm struggling to find anything that actually interests me within the job roles or any possible progression. This leads me to think that perhaps it's not this job I'm tired of but maybe my career in Graphic Design has run it's course and it's time to look for something else. Problem is, I don't know what!?

    My degree is in Applied Digital Media So I've got a good knowledge of Flash and the likes & recently, I've found myself getting quite interested in web design but not the design end, more the problem solving and coding side of things. However, I doubt my self taught XHTML and CSS skills would be enough to make me employable & I can't afford to give up work and become a student again.

    Anyone got any useful advice?

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    Whilst I can understand a move to pastures new might be tempting is there any chance of moving into a different role with your current employers? Maybe then you could get the opportuinity to become qualified in something else with the support of your current employer?

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    I tried discussing how my position could develop (there are no other departments to go into) and was told that my role is what it is and if I want to do anything else then I'd have to go elsewhere.

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    Wow, that's hardly encouraging. I presume that you need your job to pay the bills, run the car and what have you? I know I certainly couldn't afford to just pack my job in. Are there any industries your interested in working in? Maybe highlighting an industry or job role that you'd like to get into would be a good step as you could find out what would be the relevant qualifications and then gauge how expensive it would be and how long it would take to get them?

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    In the company I work in, people who get bored of their roles, and even some who are so rubbish that the manager wants to move them on, get given new roles in departments that don't do any work, and they then get sent to visit all the other departments and preach to us about "communicating" or "working in a lean manner" or "attributes of high performing teams".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    In the company I work in, people who get bored of their roles, and even some who are so rubbish that the manager wants to move them on, get given new roles in departments that don't do any work, and they then get sent to visit all the other departments and preach to us about "communicating" or "working in a lean manner" or "attributes of high performing teams".
    I can't imagine why you chose the forum name Rebellion?

    I know what you mean about incompetent people just getting moved arond but still getting paid good money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith1983 View Post
    Wow, that's hardly encouraging. I presume that you need your job to pay the bills, run the car and what have you? I know I certainly couldn't afford to just pack my job in. Are there any industries your interested in working in? Maybe highlighting an industry or job role that you'd like to get into would be a good step as you could find out what would be the relevant qualifications and then gauge how expensive it would be and how long it would take to get them?
    My other half was made redundant from the same position with the same company 6 weeks ago which doesn't help much.

    I'd like to keep doing something with computers as I'm pretty handy with them but again that's something that would require a considerable amount of study and financial investment (which I cannot afford).

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    Maybe just get your cv to a few agencies and get signed up to a few websites and you can set up a profile which will mean they will notify you of jobs according to qualifications, industries, locations etc. At least that way you can get an idea of what is out there. After all looking at what's there doesn't commit you to anything. You may find a similar role to what your currently doing but in a company where there is room to progress?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    "working in a lean manner"
    This intrigues me as I work as a Lean Leader / Manufacturing Leader at my company. Do the people who communicate this have any lean (or lean manufacturing) experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdave1701 View Post
    My other half was made redundant from the same position with the same company 6 weeks ago which doesn't help much.

    I'd like to keep doing something with computers as I'm pretty handy with them but again that's something that would require a considerable amount of study and financial investment (which I cannot afford).
    is there not some open university course that you could do on the cheap to get your papers then start looking for something that you really want to do and enjoy ?

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