I have nearly six years of experience working in the area of redevelopment and economic development in California. I've done well in this field (received promotions and project manager responsibilities). However, after taking three jobs in this field, I've unfortunately concluded that the day to day nature of the work is not a fit for me. To put it simply, I don't want to spend the next 20 years of my career (and life) churning out spreadsheets in an office. Moreover, while I am highly organized and never miss a deadline, I find the deadline-driven nature of the work highly stressful. After being successful but utterly miserable in these jobs, I have made the difficult decision that a career change is needed.
At this time, I'm looking at alternative paths that would allow me to engage the aspects of my skill set that I enjoy, which include project management, client-customer relationship building, and technical writing. At this time, I'm researching account/sales manager opportunities, since this field alone seems to offer all that I'm seeking: the ability to work out of a traditional office (usually from home and in a territory), flexible schedules and high autonomy, a decent salary, and work that focuses on marketing and customer relationships. The only concern is that such a move would likely take me far away from the planning field and into pharma or another divergent industry. Besides ESRI, I am not familiar with any companies in the planning field that offer sales manager/representative positions.
Has anyone made this move to sales or successfully shifted their redevelopment/economic development skill set into another career? Any feedback would be welcomed! Thank you in advance for your comments!