I've worked in higher education administration for 12+ years and I've been trying to transition to a career in tech or marketing - perhaps in Ed Tech or Education Management.
Since earning my MBA two years ago, I've worked with a number of career coaches, recruitment companies, and conducted countless informational interviews trying to figure out my direction and how to best position myself as a strong candidate. It's been really frustrating because I feel like I'm not being selected because I lack direct experience in these fields. But when I compensate for that by applying to entry level positions, I worry that I'm not being selected because I'm viewed as overqualified. It also seems like no one outside of the higher education field understands what I do and therefore my experience is not viewed as valuable elsewhere. I know that isn't true but how do I convince hiring managers/recruiters?
Does anyone have any advice on how to strategize this job search? Maybe what I'm attempting is not possible and I should just give up? Has anyone ever made this kind of career pivot successfully?
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