Over 80% of younger members of the workforce say they’re interested in making a career change.
But no matter your age or the industry you currently work within, changing careers should never feel like an impossibility. However, that’s easier said than done.
You’re concerned about how you’ll make financial ends meet during the switch, you doubt your current qualifications, and you’re nervous that you’ll never be as savvy as the people who have been in your desired new field longer than you have.
But starting a new career is possible.
Read on to learn how to change careers successfully.
Have a Set Transition Period
The golden rule of making a career shift:
Don’t quit your current job randomly with no set plan in place.
Instead, whatever you decide to do, transition slowly into it while still staying at your current job.
This may mean earlier mornings, later nights, and sacrificed weekends, but it’ll be well worth it when you have your dream job. Jumping off a cliff without a professional safety net is never a good idea.
Be patient, and take a few small steps forward each day.
Build Your New Network
Networking is always key to professional success, but when you’re in the midst of a career change, it’s impossible to overstate its importance.
Build your network by enrolling in courses at your local community college to boost your skillset and meet people interested in the same things you are. Join online message boards/community groups related to your new career. Attend workshops and conferences so you can mingle and learn from those who have already succeeded in your industry.
Send out follow-up emails to the people that you especially felt you had something to learn from, and ask to meet for a coffee to talk about their career path.
Make download cover letters and send them towards companies you look up to in your industry. Even if there are no positions available, you may be able to land an intership or even a professional mentor.
Considering taking a weekend/part-time job in your desired field to learn the ropes, as well.
Don’t Let Failure Sidetrack You
While much of a successful career change depends on how seriously you take your professional strategies and responsibilities, there is also a psychological component at play.
Accept that failure is a part of the process, and that you’ll make lots of mistakes along the way. However, one botched deal, social media faux pas, or inability to answer a client’s question doesn’t ruin everything.
Read this post to learn more about moving on from a professional mistake.
Need More Tips on Making a Career Change?
Maybe this post has convinced you that you’re more than ready to make a career change.
Now that you’re sure about your decision, you still need to keep working at it. Our blog can help.
Keep reading through our posts to learn more about how to write a stellar resume, how to brand yourself, and even the best ways to market your new company.