5 promising careers to consider if you can’t stand your job and are in the throes of a quarter-life crisis
Young, Black and Viral: Because we’re millennials and we’re hopscotching from one career to the next until we get it just right.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele, The Root | 9/15/2015, 2:38 p.m.
You’re opinionated and spoke well as a child, so you figured you’d become a lawyer.
Or you went with the other prestigious career path, medicine, because “helping those in need” sounds, well, nice, and your parents insisted on it. They wanted so badly to be able to tell people that their child was a doctor.
But maybe you weren’t interested in either cliché, and loved the glitzy side of corporate America. You envisioned yourself in a three-piece suit or a pencil skirt, at the head of a boardroom, defending a strategy to increase your company’s bottom line. So you went to Wall Street after graduation to kick-start your career as an investment banker or consultant.
Millennials are jumping ship and switching career paths for a variety of reasons. But they’re not looking for any ol’ career. They want a high-paying gig that won’t require a lot of schooling and additional loans.
Here are a few options for millennial career changers to consider.
Software Engineers aka Coders aka Computer Programmers aka Web Developers
The fact that three-month-long coding boot camps have been popping up all over the nation in recent years to mold career changers into Web and app developers is testament to how solid this career path is. It’s also testament to how convenient it is to train for.
In just three months (or roughly six months, if you want to enroll in a part-time evening course so you can still work during the day), millennials are learning the computer languages needed to create websites, apps and the software programs that nearly every company on earth uses to communicate and interact with the audiences they need to reach. The boot camp usually costs approximately $14,000, but you'll come out on the other side being a junior-level developer who can immediately command an income in the $85,000-$105,000 salary range. You’ll also be working in a technology field that’s going out of its way to attract and train software engineers from underrepresented groups like women, African Americans and Latinos.
Personal Chef or Caterer
If people are still gushing over the hors d’oeuvre you whipped up for the holiday potluck dinner, then you might consider a career in catering or being a personal chef. According to Monster, a personal chef can start off making a few hundred dollars per day. And since your business will grow by word of mouth, that figure can grow exponentially depending on how good you are. You’ll do especially well if you have a mind for advising people on how much food they’ll need for an event and the most cost-effective (yet delicious) way to make the most out of their catering budgets.
Information Technology (Help Desk and Support Technicians)
Are you the guy or girl family members call upon when their laptop is acting up? You rarely ever need to call the IT department when you have a computer problem? Because you’re good at downloading software, and figuring out how to navigate the applications, programs and those pesky error messages in order to get the job done? If so, then a career in IT might be a great transition for you.