Getting a fresh start: 6 in-demand careers with easy entry

Whatever the reason for your career discontent, a fresh start is actually plausible. Here are six rewarding, relatively easy-to-enter careers to consider.

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WASHINGTON, November 15, 2016 — As a child, when you were asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, did you reply by naming the job or career you currently have as an adult? If not, why? Are you on a better career path now than the one you had first imagined as a child?

Some lucky adults can say that yes, they are indeed living the life they always thought they’d be living. They have a fantastic job, a beautiful family, a great house, and things are just going their way most of the time. That’s great for them, and congratulations are in order.

The rest of us, however, can’t always claim that everything has gone our way. It’s often quite the opposite.

There are many of us who simply need a fresh start. Does that include you? Here are a few signs to look for:

  • You may be working 40 plus hours at a job you just don’t love. Day in and day out, you wish for something more.
  • You might be going through a divorce and want to try to reinvent yourself.
  • As a newly-labeled veteran, this is your first time trying to find a civilian job in an economy that’s less rosy than Washington seems to think.
  • After having raised a family, you now find yourself a bit lost, wondering what to do now that you are officially an empty-nester.
  • You’re in a career rut. You know it, but you can’t seem to get out of it.
  • You’re an adventurer at heart, but have never had the chance to act on that side of your personality.

Whatever the reason for your career season of discontent, a fresh start is something that is actually plausible. Seriously, you can do it. Here are six different jobs you can consider for making that fresh start.

ESL Abroad

As an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, you can travel the world, meet new people and without a doubt get a fresh start in life if not an entirely new perspective. To become an ESL teacher, you will first need to have earned a Bachelor’s degree. In some cases, it actually doesn’t matter what that degree is in, just as long as you have one, although certain ESL positions do require you to hold a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, English, or communications. In addition to your degree, you must also be proficient in speaking and writing the English language.

Many positions  worldwide even offer on-the-job ESL training. While most ESL jobs focus on teaching English to grade school children, there are also programs for adult learners.

In general, you will be paid a yearly salary, be provided with a housing stipend (or provided with living space in subsidized housing), and be eligible for medical insurance. You will get paid holiday time and annual leave. Many of the teaching positions are renewable. If not, you can apply elsewhere in the world once your contract is up.

As an ESL teacher, you will meet new people, see new places and learn about new cultures. If you are willing to live on a lower salary than you might command in the states, this may just be the perfect job for those seeking a fresh start.

Medical Transcriptionist

As a medical transcriptionist, you will listen to recordings of doctors and other healthcare professionals and write down what they say. You will need to know medical jargon and be interested in, and have at least some knowledge of human anatomy and physiology. You must also have a good grasp of the English language, have access to a computer with standard word processing and dictation software, and a fast internet connection. You will need to have a dedicated work space, as you will need to have several pieces of equipment that are standard for this profession, such as a foot pedal (to start and stop the material you’re transcribing), headphones, a line counter.

As a medical transcriber, you won’t be making a fortune. But the U.S. Bureau of Statistics reported that in 2015, the median pay for a medical transcriber was $34,890 a year, or about $16.77 an hour. Remember, however, that this is a job you can perform at home, so you likely can work almost anywhere.

Alternatively, you could also try the somewhat related profession of medical billing and coding. In less than a year, you can become certified for this specialty by taking billing and coding classes online. Billers and coders can work in a variety of healthcare facilities. Those experienced in this area can even work from home as contractors.


If you are looking for a job where you can make a real difference in the world, then becoming a paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) may be the career direction for you.

Unsure about switching your career to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) realm? Have no fear. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that between 2014 to 2024, paramedic and EMT positions are projected to experience a 24 percent increase in job openings. reports that a Paramedic earns, on average, a salary of $43,766. Your pay will, of course, depend on your experience and location. As an EMT, reported that, on average, you should make around $30,000.

To become a paramedic, you must complete 120-150 hours of training required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Beyond this level of certification, you must also complete an additional 1,200 to 1,800 hours of training.

While every state will have individual requirements for their EMTs, typically, the program takes six months (120-150 hours) of training. You will also need to pass a written NREMT exam.

The more certification and training you receive, the better. The Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), which you can obtain through ACLS online training, for example, is worth the extra 10 hours of training that’s required.

Becoming a paramedic or EMT are great fresh-start career choices, as either profession will allow you to get more involved in your community, save lives, help those in need and gain increased knowledge in the medical field.

Yoga Instructor

If you have a mortgage to pay, a family to take care of, and debt to whittle down, then quitting your stable (although miserable) job might be the very last thing you should do. But even if you find yourself in this situation, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a fresh start. Becoming a yoga instructor may be just the perfect thing for you. Yoga allows you meditate, strengthen your body, and deepen your understanding of just how magnificent you are. Plus, yoga instructors are in considerable demand, and you can do this work part-time.

To get started, you will first need to find a Yoga Alliance accredited studio or online program. To become a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), you will need to complete the 200 or 500 hour training courses. Some studios offer weekend classes, something you’ll likely find eminently compatible with your current work schedule.

Once you have completed your necessary hours of instruction, you can continue to receive additional training, focusing on yoga for children, yoga for therapy, and prenatal yoga.

Becoming a yoga instructor can be a tad costly. A 200-hour program, for example, can cost between $2,000 and $3,000. But once you become a RYT, you can teach at a variety of studios, schools, rehabilitation centers, prisons, and parks and recreation departments.


According to the BLS, “Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The BLS reported that the median national pay for a Registered Nurse (RN) is $67,490. A 16 percent growth rate and a salary of $60,000+. Those are pretty attractive numbers.

On our list of fresh-start careers, becoming a RN may be the most difficult choice, however, as it will require you to receive formal education in this specialty. You can either choose to get your Associate’s Degree (two years) or your Bachelor’s degree (four years) in nursing and you’ll also need to pass the National Council Licensure Exam-RN (NCLEX).

As an RN, your choice of workplace includes hospitals, clinics, hospices, schools, and private home settings.

Working as an RN is a rewarding profession, providing you with the opportunity to help those in need to recuperate. If you do not want to return back to the four-year university grind, obtaining an associate degree in the profession is a great way to get a fresh start, keep costs low, and still secure an entry-level position doing something you love. You can always earn an advanced degree later on if you wish, and some nursing positions may include education assistance as well.


Getting to write about what you want to and when you want to and getting paid to do so is a dream come true for anyone with a writerly urge. You could write a food blog, a travel blog, a political opinion column, or write on the always popular topics of health and fitness, Do it Yourself (DIY) and many others.

To grow a successful blog, however, takes a great deal of work and even more patience. You will need to do considerable research to determine just what you want your blog to focus on primarily. You need to find that niche that will ultimately ensure you get a check each month, however irregular the amount might be.

Becoming a new blogger will be a full-time job from the very start—but one without any of the pay or benefits of a full-time job. Like the yoga instructor position discussed above, you may want to hang on to your current day job until you have established a reliable income from your blog.

In conclusion, if you are looking to get a fresh start in life, then the time to start is now. You don’t necessarily have to quit your job or move to a different country to realize your dreams, either. While you may need to go back to school to receive additional training, being able to finally love what you do will be prove to be worth every minute of the effort you took to get there.

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