Dear Experts, I have degrees in architecture, and years of experience, but am not a licensed architect and no longer want to be. I want to develop the business side of my credentials, hopefully down the road heading into economic development. It has been hard to break from the past of being a CAD draftsman, and convince people I am capable of much more. I recently sent a resume for an administrative assistant position in an architectural-related company. What's a good way to start over from the ground up, where my past experience is somewhat useful? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#205 Deflate industry-specific skills if necessary; repackage those transferable from one job/another. (@teenarose) Q#205 Drastic career makeovers can be smoothed by additional education. Is taking extra schooling or night classes an option? (@gradversity) Q#205 ID core value; ntwk w/real estate, govt & nonprofit eco devt 2 ID entry-level work; get edn 2 move up. (@juliaerickson) Q#205 Enhance training thru classes 2 make transition. Leverage business skills as u apply for new oppty's. Use network. (@DebraWheatman) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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