From journalist to car salesman, self-taught software developer to math teacher, WGU graduate Mike Livsey’s career path has taken at least four major turns in his life. Those twists and turns included a year off, spending time with his family and deciding what to do next. When it was time to get back in the job market, he found it a challenge to jump back into interviewing and networking.
Thirty years ago, Diane Edwards began pursuit of her teaching certificate but stopped short to raise her kids as a stay-at-home mom. When her kids got older, she decided it was time to get back to school and finish what she started.
Both Mike and Diane ended up with an online master’s degree in teaching and their dream careers, but they found their way there via non-traditional paths.
Meanwhile, Israel Rand found success early in his career as a business development and sales professional, advancing to the level of director and then co-founding a startup company. Three years ago, he quit to become a stay-at-home dad, earning his online bachelor’s degree in marketing during that time before making his way back to the working world.
Have you had to return to the job force after some down time? What was your experience like?