Switching careers can be exciting but also a bit stressful in how it gets done. With the right steps, you can leverage the career experience you already have for a successful transition to a role that’s right for you. We’ve created this handy guide to help make your career change a productive one.
Step 1: Understand Your Goals
Understanding yourself and your motivations are crucial if you want to consider a career change without going in blind. After a decade or more of working in the same field, many mid-career professionals may start feeling a little bored in their current role and begin considering a new career. It’s important to understand if your current dissatisfaction stems from boredom in your position, dislike of your current workplace or colleagues, or something that requires a complete overhaul of your career.
Before you commit to a change, understand what it is you’re looking for, get the facts about the role you want, and be sure that you know how exactly you’ll be spending your working hours in this new career. Too often, people tend to idealize a job they’ve always wanted without having all the facts about what it entails. It’s important to understand that there is no perfect job. The new role you’d be taking on will have its own unique challenges. It may involve a pay cut or another sacrifice such as a relocation or working longer hours. Being informed about this will put you in a better position to make the right decision.
Step 2: Reach Out and Build Your Network
Networking is essential for all job-seekers, but the advantage that many experienced professionals have is their extended network of colleagues and industry contacts. Use this as a resource and network strategically to gain access to decision-makers in the field of your choice. Start subscribing to newsletters and attending events and mixers with the industry of your choice in mind. These days, web forums, Twitter, and LinkedIn groups can also be a great starting point, especially if there is one that pinpoints likeminded people in your geographic region.
Besides the professional benefits, a strong network can also provide mental and emotional support. Inform your close friends and family that you’re considering a career move and ask them to be there for you. You may even get lucky, and one could be in a position to help you professionally as well.
Step 3: Craft Your Pitch
Start preparing your elevator pitch and thinking about how you can rebrand yourself and your experience to fit a new role or industry. A good personal brand is essential for all job-seekers, but if you’re going through a career transition, it’ll be even more so. Craft a message around your creativity and versatility, and focus on how your skills will serve you well in your new role. Practice talking about your experience so when you have to discuss your qualifications under pressure (such as in a job interview); you’ll feel prepared to do so with confidence.
Step 4: Line Up Interviews and Informational Meetings
Dedicate the time to meet with potential employers and people in the business. Also, consider pursuing volunteer and freelance opportunities within the industry to figure out if you’re suited for it.
Go for It!
Successful career changes are possible. Take it slowly and check in with yourself regularly to be sure your goals are realistic and what you’re seeking is what you really want.
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Good luck in your career change!