If you’re frustrated with your job because you like to do things your own way or because you’re a people person stuck behind a computer all day, maybe it’s time for a change. Maybe it’s time to start turning that current dead end job into a side hustle (or losing it entirely) and pursuing a career.
Whatever your reasons for getting into a new line of work, starting to look for other options can be a little intimidating, but it can be well worth making the leap. Ideally, if you are serious about changing your life for the better, you shouldn’t just look for another job, but seriously start thinking of beginning a new career.
Here are 3 lucrative career opportunities for self-motivated and people-friendly individuals:
- Become a loan officer.
As a loan officer you will need extensive knowledge and experience about the wide range of loans that someone can get from a financial institution. You can work for commercial banks, credit unions, or mortgage companies, and your chances of landing a good position depends on specializing in consumer, commercial, or mortgage loans.
You will need to help customers understand what requirements they need to qualify for a loan as most people will be quite bewildered by the process and will need plenty of guidance. Loan applicants will be interested in business, home, college tuition, and car loans, and they will not be aware of what requirements to meet to qualify or how to properly fill out the application forms.
The minimum requirement to become a loan officer is a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some employers might require a bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, economics, or finance. You will also need licensure. While certification options are voluntary, it will certainly help your career to pursue some certifications.
Salary will depend on a variety of factors. While entry level salary will be about $25,000, you will have an earning potential of about $100,000 a year.
- Become a Benefits Specialist.
As a benefits specialist, you will work for a corporation’s human resource department managing their compensation and benefit programs. You will be tasked with ensuring that the corporation is in compliance with state and federal laws.
The demand for this type of work will continue to be high because of the rising employment rates among leading companies in various fields, particularly technology companies, seeking to attract and retain the best talent. You will be invaluable in helping your company clarify issues like employment laws, healthcare coverage, retirement, and pension benefits. In addition, you will play a significant role in helping the HR team organize profit-sharing and stock ownership plans.
You will need a bachelor’s degree, preferably in HR management, for an entry-level HR position. You can then gain professional experience and become a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS). It will definitely help your career to join a professional organization.
Since this is an intellectually- demanding job requiring lots of research and an eye for detail to comply with complex government rules and regulations on compensation and benefits, the work pays very well. Average salary is about $65,000 a year with top earners exceeding $98,000.
- Become an Insurance Sales Agents
As an insurance sales agent, you will talk to prospects and sell insurance. You will help people choose the best policies and explain how they work.You might work directly for a single insurance company, insurance agencies, or brokerages. While you might spend time on the road to meet with prospects and clients, you will probably spend most of your time working in an office.
Requirements are minimal. All you need is a high school diploma and to be licensed in the state where you are working. On average, you will earn about $50,000 a year, although, of course, if you are exceptionally good at lead generation and closing sales, you could earn six figures.
Fortunately, we live in a land of abundant economic opportunities and even if you don’t have a high education level, you can always go back to school part-time or full-time to get up to speed. The main thing employers are looking for is someone who is interested in getting ahead in life and most employers provide extensive on-the-job training for careers where expert knowledge plays a significant role in being able to do the job.