The hardest is getting potential employers to consider you. I have worked as a learning professional (training/instructional design) and as a telecommunications provisioning/operations consultant. Now I find that when I approach a learning potential employer they think I am a telecommunications consultant conversely when I approach a telecommunications professional they consider me a learning professional.
The hardest is translating what I’ve done into what I want to do so that others will take me seriously. Same issue as mentioned previously. Employers seem to think they’re taking a risk by hiring a career changer even if they have the skills and the knowledge to do the job.
I am having a tough time trying to picture what kind of job to do next. I’m making a list of what I like best and least as a starting point. In the mean time, I’m working a job that pays good money until I can get clear. I just have to remind myself not to get too comfortable here!
The most difficult thing that I have encoutered is the possibility of being away from my family, since half of the companies that have shown interest are out of state.
The easiest will have to be the first ‘real’ opportunity to present itself. After that, I will need to re-evaluate whether to stay there or pursue other companies as an employed person instead of unemployed.
I don’t know that any part of it has been easy, except maybe finding resources to research various career paths.
Not long ago, I would have said the most difficult part was deciding what to do. I’ve always had so many interests, but making any into a career seemed to always require going back to school. I think I’ve found what I want to do now, but the challenge will be getting my foot in the door in this industry that is new to me.