We spend the majority of our time, during our working lives, at work. So for that reason, it’s important that we enjoy the work we do. If you’re feel unsatisfied by your job and want a change of scenery or want to set off in a different career direction, we’ve gathered our expert advice on how to put a new career in motion.
Understand why you want to change
To make the change, you first need to understand why. What about your current career is not right for you? Is it the working hours? The commute? Or something about the work itself? Do you want a more challenging role or want to try a completely new industry? By identifying what you want to change, you can then start to plan for what your new career will have that makes you happier.
Build your network
If you’re wanting to break into a completely new sector, the best way to get your foot in the door is by building a network of contacts in that sector. Get to know these people and find out what opportunities are out there and what employers in the industry are looking for in the perfect candidate. Ask if people are willing to meet for coffee and share their insight, and keep an eye out for jobs and opportunities online through professional networking site, LinkedIn.
Invest in career training and work experience
By taking career training courses and diplomas, you will gain the skills and knowledge that will make up in some part for the lack of experience. On the other hand, if you can afford to, take on some unpaid or low paid work experience. While these approaches cost you in the short term, the value of having the right qualifications and/or experience on your CV in certain industries is priceless, and could be the key to getting you your first role in the new sector.
Highlight your transferable skills
Just because you’re entering a new industry, doesn’t mean your previous experience and skills are wasted. In many cases, there are competencies that are transferable between industries, for example great communication skills can be learnt in almost any career and are equally as valuable no matter the industry. Highlight these skills highs up on your application or CV, to show what you’re bringing to the new role.
Be over-prepared for interviews
When you land an interview for a new role, it’s important to do your research and make sure you know as much as you can about the company and the role you’re applying for. While this is common practice when preparing for any interview, the importance of this information is even greater when you are entering a whole new industry. You need to understand common practices of the industry and what the key details of your new role within the company would be, so that you can discuss how your skills and experience will apply and why you’ll fit perfectly into this new sector.
Give it time
Breaking into a new industry is not as simple as just applying for another role in the same industry. You’ll need to give it time and be persistent with your approach. Don’t let rejection knock your confidence or stop you pursuing your new career. Give yourself the best chance of success by following what we have discussed in this article, and just keep going until you reach your goal and land a new role in your dream sector.
As always, the team at Pitman Training Swords are available to chat and offer career advice throughout your job search. If you’d like to chat to the team, call 01 8404075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.