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Not that I would ever enter management, but it remains a viable field for many admins and consultants.
That suitability is especially true for consultants who have had to run their small shop or one-man show and keep all the balls in the air. Those people have the marketing, organisational and communication skills needed in management. But you must understand that this route simply involves trading one set of headaches for another.
Research and development
Companies thrive on research — and that includes tech companies. What R&D departments don't need are people who have no idea what they are talking about. You know how things work as opposed to how they should work. You are fully aware of real-world needs compared with company-created needs.
A voice like yours could be of incredible value to a company devising the next big thing in IT. Of course R&D tends to exist only in bigger companies, so your CV would have to stand out from the mounds already piling up on HR desks. Overcome that hurdle and you might have a perfect match.
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Hair and beauty
This possible career might seem crazy, but hear me out. First, there is an elegant mathematics to the art of hair design. I did a short stint in the field and really enjoyed it. Not only are you dealing with real people with real issues — some issues a bit bigger than others — but you see instant results.
There is no sitting around and waiting for the rug to be pulled from under you — as is inevitable in IT and consulting — no dealing with budgetary constraints or security holes, no horrific hours, and no cloud.
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