Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at Grace, on Friday, January 5, 2018
I completely understand your dilemma. When I started my career, I was a treatment officer for juvenile males. I could not work in the same county where I lived and I always had to watch myself in public. I reevaluated my career and pursued jobs that were right for me and my family. My recommendation for you would be to examine opportunities in security, both personal and commercial. I do not think your transition will be easy because most career changes require applicants to start back at the bottom, but it sounds like you have a strong work ethic that will propel you. You also can look at a variety of certifications that can provide opportunities and institutions that assist with job placement. For instance, there are some IT, nursing, and cooking schools or even companies that offer leadership programs for training folks from the ground up. Make a list of the fields that intrigue you, research the opportunities, plan a course of action, and execute. Thank you for your service and dedication.