These Are The 10 Most Exciting Jobs For Former Directors

We used our database of over 7 million resumes to determine which careers former directors are entering now.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarFormer Jobs, Rankings - 5 months ago

It’s tough to be a director nowadays, and more and more of them are losing confidence in their own profession.

While the amount of people majoring in courses preparing people for a job as a director isn’t necessarily dropping, fewer and fewer people are applying to become directors in the first place and the workforce itself is looking grim.

With so many directors no longer sticking around, this begs the question:

What are they all doing now?

We were curious, so we looked through the resumes of former directors to see what kind of jobs they were moving into after leaving the field. There were thousands of answers, so we made the cutoff at the top 100 jobs.

The full list of those jobs can be found below.

Here’s a quick look at the top ten most common jobs for former directors:

  1. Vice President
  2. Consultant
  3. Principal
  4. Senior Director
  5. Executive Director
  6. Manager
  7. Teacher
  8. Program Manager
  9. President
  10. Project Manager

These are all good jobs, all of them either utilizing some skill that a director would have or being a stepping stone to a different career.

Here’s the thing about these jobs though — as a list, they’re kind of boring as hell. They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect a lot of former directors to do.

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But given that there are some very surprising and interesting items on this list, we’ve decided to highlight a few of those instead.

Here are some of the most interesting jobs of former directors:

  1. Principal
  2. Chief Executive Officer
  3. Chief Finance Officer
  4. Senior Manager
  5. Business Developer
  6. Adjunct Professor
  7. Chief Operating Officer
  8. Founder
  9. Senior Vice President
  10. President/Chief Executive Officer

Some of these items are admittedly more attractive than one another as far as actually working the job goes, but one way or another, you’ve got to admit they’re eye-catching.

How We Determined the Most Common Jobs of Former Directors

Using resume information from our database of over 7 million resumes, we looked at all resumes that listed director under their work history. Then we looked at which jobs showed up on their work histories following their stints as a director, sorting them by their most frequent.

That’s how we made the initial ranked list.

To make our list of most interesting jobs, we looked through the ranked list to see if any positions:

  • Showed up in fewer than 1% of all new jobs
  • And, were not part of the 100 most common jobs in our database

That’s all for how we did it — below you’ll find the full ranked list of the most common jobs of former directors.

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Detailed Ranking of the Most Common Jobs of Former Directors

Job Title Rank %
Vice President 1 2.99%
Consultant 2 1.7%
Principal 3 1.17%
Senior Director 4 1.13%
Executive Director 5 1.1%
Manager 6 0.94%
Teacher 7 0.88%
Program Manager 8 0.86%
President 9 0.82%
Project Manager 10 0.71%
General Manager 11 0.71%
Owner 12 0.69%
Managing Director 13 0.68%
Substitute Teacher 14 0.59%
Operations Director 15 0.57%
Operations Manager 16 0.56%
Internship 17 0.56%
Senior Project Manager 18 0.55%
Chief Executive Officer 19 0.53%
Chief Finance Officer 20 0.49%
Senior Manager 21 0.49%
Program Director 22 0.49%
Business Developer 23 0.48%
Adjunct Professor 24 0.44%
Instructor 25 0.42%
Administrative Assistant 26 0.42%
Office Manager 27 0.41%
Director Of Sales 28 0.37%
Assistant Director 29 0.37%
Marketing Director 30 0.35%
Chief Operating Officer 31 0.34%
Sales Associate 32 0.32%
Senior Consultant 33 0.32%
Founder 34 0.31%
Customer Service Representative 35 0.31%
Volunteer 36 0.3%
Senior Vice President 37 0.29%
Supervisor 38 0.28%
Human Resources Coordinator 39 0.28%
Account Executive 40 0.28%
President/Chief Executive Officer 41 0.27%
Adjunct Faculty 42 0.26%
Assistant Manager 43 0.26%
Principal Consultant 44 0.25%
Management Consultant 45 0.25%
Registered Nurse 46 0.25%
Adjunct Instructor 47 0.25%
Development Director 48 0.24%
Lead Teacher 49 0.23%
Owner/Operator 50 0.23%
Administrator 51 0.23%
Sales Representative 52 0.22%
Case Manager 53 0.22%
Coordinator 54 0.22%
Director Of Human Resources 55 0.22%
Team Leader 56 0.21%
Communications Director 57 0.21%
Managing Partner 58 0.21%
Marketing Manager 59 0.21%
Professor 60 0.21%
Account Manager 61 0.2%
Finance Director 62 0.2%
Associate Director 63 0.2%
Preschool Teacher 64 0.19%
Sales Manager 65 0.19%
Assistant Vice President 66 0.19%
President/Owner 67 0.19%
Research Assistant 68 0.19%
Director Of Information 69 0.18%
Regional Director 70 0.18%
Human Resources Manager 71 0.18%
Server 72 0.18%
President And Founder 73 0.18%
Service Director 74 0.17%
Vice President, Business Development 75 0.17%
Partner 76 0.17%
Co-Founder 77 0.17%
Chief Information Officer 78 0.17%
Writer And Editor 79 0.16%
Coach 80 0.16%
Editor 81 0.16%
Production Assistant 82 0.16%
Associate 83 0.16%
Store Manager 84 0.16%
Business Development Manager 85 0.16%
Program Coordinator 86 0.15%
Business Consultant 87 0.15%
Creative Director 88 0.15%
Director Of Strategy 89 0.14%
Controller 90 0.14%
Technical Director 91 0.14%
Producer Director 92 0.14%
Board Member 93 0.14%
Marketing Consultant 94 0.14%
Executive Vice President 95 0.14%
Chief Technology Officer 96 0.14%
Assistant Professor 97 0.14%
Sales/Marketing 98 0.13%
Clinical Director 99 0.13%
Specialist 100 0.13%

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