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So after 12 weeks of having no voice and still not sure when it is going to return, I have had to face the fact that I need a new career which is less vocally demanding.

I am currently a lecturer for college (UK 16 -18yr olds) and university (18yrs +) students.  I was previously a school teacher for 10 years and have taught horse riding - all jobs which required a voice at a good volume for a substantial part of the day. I am embracing this as a positive opportunity for a fresh start which will give me some semblance of work-life balance.

I am fairly well educated (up to MSc level), literate and have management experience, great organisational skills and can build rapport with a wide range of people quickly.  I have a good eye for detail, love to research and break down complex ideas into their simplest form. I am also the wrong side of 45 and have not been planning an "escape route" so need to start exploring other opportunities.

Any ideas on how to decide a direction for career change, useful online resources or techniques?

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I think it depends on what your degree is in. 

You could always work in the research field for sciences.  You could also take up writing books full time.  Many of those who work at the university level have written Post-doc and other books, and in some cases make more money off book sales (though some of those are admittedly book sales for classes they teach in many cases) then they do from their actual pay!  You could go corporate and become a business expert in your field if a company needs someone with that type of specialization.

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Thanks for the input @JohnsonJones.  As much as I would love to write, it wont pay my bills for the immediate future.  My first degree was 20 years ago so may not be current enough for research positions, although the skills from the MSc could be a good selling point. My MSc is in a very specialised area and the industry is comprised of small companies which are very slow in adopting any scientific basis.  This was fine when I was aiming at lecturing for the next 20 years. But I am trying to find ways to exploiting my skills and exploring ideas of how they can be transferred to other industries.

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I don't recommend the job of messenger

Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
3  The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.:)

(New Testament | Mark 1:2 - 3)

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