Changing Out of Commercial Real Estate

I have been working in the commercial real estate industry since the late 1980's. I am currently looking to change fields and enter the not for profit sector. I would like to know if there are any avenues you would recommend I use to start a search. I do realize this will be a challenging path, which is why I am hoping you may help point me in the right direction.

No good counselor gives answers without asking many questions that you may or may not have answered yet for yourself. So here is a place to start! The process of career counseling includes many steps

1. Self Assessment - understanding skills, interests, values and needs
2. Exploration - what jobs are available, what are they like, what are the requirements, what are the opportunities?
3. Decision making- choosing between alternatives, determining motivation 4. Action - meeting people in the field, determining a direction, obtaining additional education, networking in the field, job search techniques
5. Evaluation - have I made the right decision? - how might I adjust as I move forward?

So, I believe the right direction would be to meet with a career counselor at a local private or public agency and begin this exciting journey! Start asking yourself the questions and let someone help you interpret the answers. Good luck!

Also, there are a myriad of good books at your local library - start with a classic like What Color is your Parachute or any other. Career changing takes a lot of effort and some really hard work, both internally and externally, sometimes that path is challenging but it can certainly bring great reward.

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