You are mid-career and you have developed some experience. People come to you for advice, your pay is increasing, and you are feeling “on top of the world.” The attention is gratifying. However, deep inside of you there is something wrong. Your job is not making you happy and you feel a change is needed. The change you feel is not finding a job at a different company but making a career change.
Making a career change is not easy. It can mean loss of senority and loss of pay. In many ways it means starting over. However, if done right, it can mean job satisfaction and fulfillment.
You don’t need to be stuck in a career that brings you no satisfaction.
I know, making a career change is not easy but it is possible. It gives you hope of a fulfilling career by doing something you enjoy.
The below are 7 + tips will help you face the darkness of uncertainty and forge a path for easily changing careers.
Remember if you need career advice, contact Exclusive Career Advice for a consultation.
Do a gap analysis
Transferrable skills are the skills you posses that you can transfer to another career.
Before looking for your first advert, take time to do a skill assessment, breakdown each skill. Don’t begin applying yet. Instead match those skills to job descriptions in your new career field. By doing this it will identify skills you have and any gaps you need to fix.
Take advantage of development opportunities to fill the skill gaps for your career change
Making a career change is intimidating that invokes worry and anxiety. Anxiety and worry are roadblocks that create fear and make changing careers less likely. Take charge of your career by filling the skills gap and developing a plan to address the gaps.
Larger employers will offer development opportunities to develop new skills thorough courses, apprenticeships, and opportunities for work on specific pieces of work (e.g. secondments, projects, etc). Use these opportunities to fill the gaps.
Sometimes, new careers require licensing or registration with a government body (e.g. nurses, social workers, teachers, psychologists, doctors, etc). Make sure strategy includes completing the relevant coursework that will allow you to work with the proper documentation.
Have a strategy
You have done your skills assessment and you have a plan for filling your skills gaps. You next step is developing strategy. This will involve making a timeline of when you expect events to happen, companies you will target your application, how to explain you reason for changing careers, and roles in your new career field that you want to apply.
Once you have your strartegy, you will then need to peroidically review it and refine it.
Develop a narrative
Narrative basically is the reason why you want to change careers. It will be something you be asked by potential employers. By having a concise narrative, which is positive will help you break down any barriers.
Set realistic expectations
Making a career change is about money, career advancement, or career satisfaction. Prepare yourself that you may, temporarily, take a pay cut and work at level below your abilities.
Develop a network
Take time to develop a network in your new career area, such as LinkedIn, or attending events in your area. A lot of time, events will be listed on the internet and allow you to register. Register for them and begin developing a network. The more you develop a network and learn about the field the better off you will be.
Don’t be afraid of the unknown
Making a career change is frightening because you are not completely in control. Instead, a lot is dependent on factors outside your control that you can influence but the ultimate outcome is not your decision. Don’t let the fear of the unknown or fear of not having control stop you.
Changing careers can be a great way to develop personally and do something you find rewarding.
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