I am a full prof in the humanities at a small liberal arts college in rural America. I am relishing my sabbatical in a European country with a flourishing economy and appealing culture. I do not want to return home. I travel abroad every summer and so do not attribute my thoughts about a major move to reverse culture shock. I mainly want to stay for the benefit of my children where here they can get a better education and have better opportunities.

There are currently no jobs in my field that I have seen advertised in the country where we are living. I have also been putting the word out to my academic contacts here that I want to stay, but so far I haven't heard about any job opportunities.

I'm not certain I could compete for jobs when they come up given that I have devoted my career thus far to teaching and service, and I'm not a newly minted PhD. I have pubs and am doing research, but not on the level of what I'd have had I been at a research institution all these years. While I'm passionate about teaching, I'm far from retirement age and am prepared to make a career change.

How can I channel my training and work experience to something that would be of interest to a European employer (or an employer at a better city in the US to at least get us out of our rural community)?

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    This is going to depend a lot on what field you are in, and what your other skills are, I think. I know someone with a PhD in anthropology who now runs a specialized online store... and is glad to finally have found a job that utilizes all of their skills. – nengel Mar 26 '18 at 8:15
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    Not-academia is a pretty large and diverse labour market... I don't think there is one strategy that will work for that entire range of jobs. It also depends the country you want to go to. – Maarten Buis Mar 26 '18 at 8:17
  • Thank you. Both of you have made fair points. I'm holding back details for the sake of anonymity. I'm in a major European city and my field is in the visual arts. I suppose I was hoping for some sources/career coaches/websites that I have tackled this question already. I have also been thinking about the plausibility of a career in online teaching that could be done anywhere. The anthropologist's specialized online store sounds intriguing... – leavingacademia Mar 26 '18 at 8:47
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    @SSimon in the humanities we don't really tend to pay attention to the H-index very much — it's a very sciences-oriented metric. – user0721090601 Mar 26 '18 at 16:23
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    Before I plunk down this money, I'm turning to this community to start a conversation about my options. I'm interested in reading "real-life" experiences of others who have done something similar or practical tips in helping me move forward. I'm also entertaining the idea of rebranding myself as an online instructor for US institutions and doing that full time in Europe (is that possible?). Of course, I imagine there are many others who are contemplating a move out of academia and so the comments here may be useful to them, too. Thanks so much, again. – leavingacademia Mar 28 '18 at 8:16