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Is it ever too late to make a career change?
Getting ready to change careers is a big decision, especially when you’ve already worked your way up in your current sector.
But with most of us making several job changes throughout our working lives, these days a career change is achievable at any age. In fact, people stay at a job for just three years and four months on average – and it’s estimated that workers have an average of 17 different employers in their lifetime, or five separate careers.
So, no matter where you’re at in your career, making a change is all about careful planning and determination. Follow these steps to maximise your chances of successfully transitioning to a new career.
Define your new career goals
Although you might have already mentally said goodbye to your old career, it’s important to have a set of goals in place before you quit your job. Think about what’s important to you in terms of values, work-life balance, and professional satisfaction.
Browse job listings to see the types of jobs and sectors that align with your objectives, and consider where you might be able to utilise transferrable skills and experience.
Showcase your transferrable skills, values, and interests
While you may be lacking on-the-job experience in your chosen sector, it’s likely that you’ll have at least some skills or experience that would be valued in your new career.
For example, soft skills like organisational abilities and the ability to communicate effectively are desirable in many industries and could be just the ticket to getting your foot in the door.
Also, consider how your interests and values apply to the career you’re aiming for – and make sure to highlight these as clearly as possible in job applications and interviews.
If your new chosen sector or job requires specific certification or education, it might also be worth doing further training or study to make sure you have the right credentials to make a move.
Use the right lingo
When browsing job postings and company websites, keep an eye out for keywords and phrasing that’s frequently used. When you apply for jobs or go to interviews, try to incorporate industry-specific language into your approach to show potential employers that you’ve done your research and have a solid understanding of their industry.
Be prepared to start again
When you’ve dedicated yourself to changing careers, keep in mind that progression may be slow, and you might even have to take a step backwards in terms of seniority and salary. Consider life adjustments you can make to help facilitate the transition to a new career and take the pressure off while you find your footing.
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