Navigating Career Transitions: Tips for Finding Your Next Step
It used to be pretty unheard of to start a new career. People would work at one company for 30+ years until they retired. But now, it’s not uncommon for people to change directions in their careers several times throughout their lives!
While this transition can be scary, it can also lead to feeling more fulfilled by your work – which is a great feeling! If you’re in the middle of a career transition or are considering making one, keep reading for some tips on how to make it through to the other side.
Repurpose Your Qualifications
It can be overwhelming to move from one career to another - but chances are, you aren’t starting completely from scratch! There are a lot of skills and qualifications that you already have that can be repurposed to fit your new career.
For example, if you are moving from teaching to project management, a lot of your skillset can transfer from the classroom to the boardroom. As a teacher, your time management skills are probably impeccable. You know how to move from one task to another, and you know how to work with a variety of people and personalities. Repackage those skills into your project management position.
Lean Into Your Passions
You may not have always worked in the industry that you’re breaking into, but if it’s something that ignites your spirit, lean into it! For example, if you’ve never worked professionally with animals but have a lot of passion for dogs and would like to become a dog groomer, make a list of all the experiences you’ve had with taking care of dogs, training dogs, etc. Take online classes and read books about the topics.
Skills can usually be taught but passion cannot. If you’re passionate about a subject, it’ll show the hiring managers that you’re in this for the long haul and will be excited to learn new things.
Be Honest and Realistic with Your Goals
Finding a career that lights you up but still makes you enough money to live comfortably is the goal, right? In a perfect world, we would all be able to find that quickly!
Of course, we live in the real world, so when making big decisions about your future, such as making a career transition, you have to be realistic with your goals. Is this career something that can be done where you live? Can you financially float while you navigate the change? If necessary, can you afford to take a pay cut? None of these questions are fun but they’re all important things to consider before jumping into your new career.
If you’re making a big transition, don’t worry! You’re not alone! I’ve helped many people in your exact position and I’m here to help you, too. Check out this blog for more tips on how to know when it’s time to make a big transition and how to manage it, as well as a free resource that will help you find clarity during confusing times.