Question: I have a BA in History, and have been a successful restaurant manager for ten years, but would like to get out the restaurant industry. With the understanding that I will take a significant decrese in pay, what are my options for a more normal job schedule (m-f)?
Short Answer: If you're willing to take a significant decrease in pay, Anything will work.
Long Answer: Restaurant Management hours can wear you down. Any other industry will love to have your work ethic. Stick with a Management position in another industry. By building on your past Management experience you may not have to take as an extreme pay cut as you may think.
Role #1 - You have to convince a Hiring Manager that you are the best choice for the position over all other candidates that are being considered. Since you will not have experience in the industry that you will be applying for, you will be starting at a disadvantage.
What industries are similar to Restaurant Management but do not have the hours?
- Call Centers?
- Any industry where you manage large a amount of non-exempt (hourly) employees?
You also may want to consider going back to school. An MBA with you Management experience may land you in a very nice position in a comfortable industry in the future. http://www.mba.com/mba .
I was a History Major in the late 80's. I know that the study of History builds great reasoning and communication skills. Pick an industry you want to get into, research it, and make a plan. I'm positive you can do it.