New Year – New Career: 3 Tips for Changing Careers
How often have you thought about what you currently do for a living and what you always dreamed you’d be doing?
Are you one of the lucky few who can say they’re the same thing?
If not, never fear, the New Year is nearly here, and with it comes an opportunity to make that dream a reality. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:
Do Your Research and Get Qualified
If you want a career change you have to get serious. Find out all you can about the job you want by looking at the requirements in job ads. Do they list specific tickets, licences, or qualifications as a minimum requirement?
If they do you’re going to have to bite the bullet and do some studying. Find a night class or an online course and go for it, if you’re in a position where you can study full time, even better.
It might seem like a slog at first, especially if it’s an extended course like a degree, but if you’re truly committed to your goal, the time will fly as you’ll be learning about your new profession knowing you’re getting closer to making that dream a reality.
Get Some Advice and Experience
Even with a sparkly new qualification under your belt, you’re still going to need some experience on your resume before you’ll be able to successfully transition to that new career. But how do you get experience if nobody will give you a job? This is where your initiative and a bit of creative thinking will help you out, and show prospective employers how dedicated you are to break into this new field.
Reach out to others in the field and see whether they can offer any work placements. You’ll most likely be working on a voluntary basis, but remember, it’s going to pay off in the long term. It’s also an opportunity to network and make invaluable contacts in the industry.
You might want to consider contacting a recruitment agency too, they will receive countless applications for the roles you want and will be able to help guide you on your path to becoming employable in that field.
Be Prepared To Start Again
You might be in a senior position now, you might have 20 years experience and a corner office, you might be the source of knowledge for your colleagues, but once you transition careers, you’re going to be starting again.
You’ll be the newbie at the very bottom of the ladder again, you’ll be faced with challenges you don’t know how to solve, people younger than you in senior positions (you might have kids older than your boss), and you’re once extravagant salary will be a distant memory as you once again discover new and innovative ways to make 2 minute noodles appealing.
Your previous experience might come in handy in some situations, but you’ve got to be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up again in a brand new industry. It’s not going to be easy, but if you’re truly passionate about living the dream, it’s something you’ve got to deal with.