According to research on career change, people change career an average of five to seven times in their whole lifetime. So, if you’re thinking ‘is it too late for me to change career’ then this information should assure you that it’s never too late.
The best time to make a career change is when you feel ready, because it does take some commitment and time to make it happen. Here are the steps you need to take to approach your career change the right way:
Firstly, it’s important to understand why you want to change career in the first place. Don’t be tempted to jump from one job you don’t enjoy straight into another.
By considering the pros and cons of your current career, you can find out what it is you really want from your job, and what you don’t want. You may decide when you really consider it that actually you don’t hate the career you’re currently in, you just want more progression or a change of direction in your current role. Alternatively, this exercise could help you to determine what it is that you’re missing in your current role, helping you to decide what other roles would better suit your needs.
In order to break into a completely new sector, it’s important to start creating contacts in that industry. People who are already in the sector you want to start a new career in can give you insider knowledge and advice about how to break through. Make contacts who work at the companies you want to apply for roles within, and find out more about the organisation ahead of interviews to give you a head start. LinkedIn is a great place to start for networking, as you can find the right people within those sectors and companies, reach out to then digitally and build your network and relationships from there.
Even though starting afresh may seem daunting and you probably feel like you’ll have nothing to give to a new industry, that’s not true. Many of the skills we build up through the various jobs we do are transferable between industries.
Start by picking apart the skills that are required to do the role(s) that you are interested in within your new sector, and start to cross reference these against your own skillset and experience. Those that cross over should be highlighted in your CV. And any skills and knowledge that you don’t have yet can be added with short career training courses and qualifications.
It may not happen overnight – that’s a fact you need to face right from the outset. There’s going to be a lot of preparation and work to make the switch, but it will pay off and be worth commitment when you are in a career that you both enjoy and feel satisfaction from.