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Career change: It’s never too late to make a move
Deciding to change careers isn’t easy, particularly when you’ve already seen some progression in your current industry.
However, many of us will make several career changes throughout our working lives whether we intend to or not. In fact, people now stay at a job for just three years and four months on average – meaning young workers will have an average of 17 different employers in their lifetime, and five separate careers.
So, regardless of age and what stage you’re at in your career, making a change simply comes down to strategic planning and preparation. Here are some of the key steps to maximising your chances of making a successful career change.
Weigh up your career options
While you may have already decided that you want to change careers, it’s important to have a set plan in place before you give up your current job. Firstly, think about what your goals are for your new career – including the values you want to uphold and what sort of work gives you the most professional satisfaction.
Also, look at job listings to find out what types of roles and fields align with your objectives, and where you might be able to utilise your current skill set and experience.
Highlight your transferrable skills, values, and interests
Although you may not have direct experience in your chosen new industry, you may possess certain skills and experience that can be transferred to your new career.
For example, even if you don’t have specific training, soft skills such as the ability to communicate well and solve problems are sought-after in many industries and can help you get your foot in the door.
Think about how your values and interests apply to the career you’re aiming for – and be sure to showcase these as clearly as possible in job applications and interviews.
If your new dream job requires specific certification or education, consider doing further training or study to get equipped with the right credentials to make a move.
Find out how your new potential employers speak
Look out for specific keywords and phrasing that’s often used in job postings and company websites in the sector you want to transition into. When you apply for jobs or go to interviews, speaking their language will show employers that you’ve done your research and have a good foundational knowledge of their industry.
Be prepared to step sideways or backwards
When you’re on the path to a career change, keep in mind that progression may be slow to start off with, and you may even need to take a step back in terms of seniority. Consider the impacts of this (like having to take a salary cut) and try to make life adjustments that will make the transition easier.
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