What to Do if You Want to Change Careers
Are you looking to switch careers? Many people in their mid-life decide that it is time for a new path. Maybe you have been in the family business this whole time or feel like you never actually followed your dream. Whatever the case may be, you have decided that it is time to switch things up. But, how do you do that? When you have been in the same life or career or on the same path for so long, it can be difficult to figure out how to change directions. Here are a few tips to help you along.
Tap into an outplacement consulting service.
Outplacement consulting services are basically a support group that work with people who are leaving a business, looking for a new job, trying to start a business, wanting to retire or restructure their portfolio and resumes. There are different programs available. Some of them are just a few months while others can last as long as a year. Former employees are offered advice, guidance and structure by the outplacement consulting service in order to give them the tools necessary for starting over.
Figure out exactly what it is you want to do.
You probably already have an idea in mind of the type of area that you would like to be working in. If you don’t, now is the time to really sit down and figure that out. You don’t want to end up being without work for so long that you have to just pick up anything to make an income. The whole point of this is to enter into the realm of work that will be fulfilling and satisfying to your life.
Take any classes that might be necessary for your new career.
If you have been in your current position for a long period of time, you may not have taken any classes or courses to promote yourself in awhile. Your chosen career may need further credentials. For example, if you want to get into human resources, you’ll need at least an Associate’s degree and in many cases, a Bachelor’s. Look into your chosen career a little more and find out what potential employers are looking for in a resume. This will help you to see what you will need in terms of schooling.
Volunteer in the industry of your new chosen path.
One of the problems with starting a new career is that employers want to hire people with experience. Yet, without working in the industry, you can’t get any experience. It’s a catch 22 situation. So, the way to overcome that is to volunteer. Many companies will allow volunteers to work unpaid at their establishments. This will give you the experience that you need and will look great on your resume. It will show that you really are interested in the field, enough to do it without pay for a time in order to build your expertise.
Begin applying for entry level positions in the industry.
Once you have completed all of the above steps, you can begin applying. You will likely need to start from the bottom and work your way up but do not be discouraged. Apply for entry level positions that will get your foot in the door of your chosen career. Once you hold any position at all in the field then you will be able to continue moving up the ladder, so to speak. How quickly that happens is really up to you and your determination. Make good relationships and work hard and you should be there in no time.
Sitting with an outplacement consulting service and restructuring your whole way of thinking may seem overwhelming. Even so, if you feel like you have hit a plateau in your life and need change, that is a good thing. Change and growth is always good. We need to always be advancing and moving forward; that’s the only way that you are going to be able to get what you want out of life. No one else is going to make sure that you are happy and fulfilled. That is up to you and you alone. So, grab life and get what you want out of it.