As part of a new ongoing series, SB Recruitment is shining a light on a range of talented individuals who after many years traded in their longstanding careers to chase their dream jobs. It’s our hope in these uncertain times, that you can find solace and inspiration in the idea that it’s never too late to start again.
After five years of university study, Anne Moylan graduated with an undergraduate and master’s degree, as well as the promise of a long future as a chiropractor. But after a further five years working within her chosen industry, Anne felt the need to explore a new career option – one that took the best parts of her role as a chiropractor and combined it with the excitement and variety of teaching.
“A big part of my role as a chiropractor was mentoring younger new grads and that that really sparked enjoyment for me,” Anne, 32, explains. “It ultimately showed me how much I really enjoy teaching, so that’s what I decided I wanted to do.”
Saying goodbye to her career as a chiropractor and transitioning into teaching has opened up a new world for Anne, who had previously been concerned about the monotony of treating the same types of issues each and every day. “I really liked all the theory behind chiro but in practice, it was quite repetitive,” she adds. “I couldn’t see myself doing the same thing all the time, I wasn’t being challenged.”
While the move to teaching required further study, Anne was lucky she didn’t need to spend too much time back in the classroom. “I could have done another master’s, but I didn’t feel like there was a point when all I needed was one further year of study,” she explains. “Instead I did a Dip Ed, which was only 12 months, and I knew it was going to be a very short amount of time for a lot of ongoing reward.”
Anne, who was 27 at the time, had spoken to a number of friends, family and confidants about the decision to change careers and her fears about returning to university at the expense of earning an income. “I had to get into weekend work again, as we took a bit of a financial hit, but it wasn’t like we were eating two-minute noodles all day.”
These fears however proved to be unwarranted, as Anne found a wonderful job once her study was complete. “I still have that job and I think the thing that got me over the line was that they really appreciated me having a career beforehand and that life experience – they didn’t necessarily want someone who had been teaching forever, but someone who still had an understanding of what it was like to be in the workforce.”
Now four years later, Anne still stands by her transition and believes changing careers was one of the best decisions of her life. “It was the right choice,” she says. “I always say, my worst day in the classroom has still been more rewarding than my best day of chiro.”