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How do I Change Careers?

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  • Written By: Amy Hunter
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 17 October 2017
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People want to change careers for a variety of reason. Some people choose to move into an industry that has greater job growth while others change careers to work in a field that they find more interesting. No matter what your reason for wanting a job change, there are a variety of ways to transition into a new field.

Moving into new careers often requires additional education. If you are interested in moving into a career that will require additional education, consider how you will attend and pay for classes. Many people in the initial stages of a career transition choose to remain in their existing job while taking classes. The wide selection of evening courses and Internet offerings allow one to remain on the job while continuing their education.

Depending on the new career you are seeking, you may also be able to start your new career by pursuing volunteer work in the field. For example, if you want to pursue a career in public relations or marketing, volunteering for a local nonprofit can provide an entry point. The organization will be happy for the help, and you have the opportunity to prove your skills.

If you have the education and the skills to gain entry into a new career, then the next step is to find the job. One common problem that many find when attempting to transition into a new career is in the position that you take. Someone who leaves their career at the midpoint is unlikely to be willing to enter a new career at the entry level.

If you have the training and skills to take on a new career, there is no reason that you should be forced to take an entry level position. However, the job market is tight, and it is important to sell yourself. There are many ways to make yourself an attractive candidate for a new job.

To convince your prospective employee that they should take a chance on you, rather than someone who has been working in the field, sell yourself first, and show the company what you can do for them. Use your experience in your current career as an asset. If you previously worked in teaching, and are moving to business, explain how your communication skills will help the company.

Another way to make yourself more attractive to a potential employer is to offer to work for a probationary period. A probationary period does not mean that you work for free. Instead, agree to work for a fixed period of time, for example, three months. At the end of the time, you will meet with your supervisor and the two of you will decide if the situation will work on a permanent basis.

There are obstacles to overcome when entering new careers. It is important to face these obstacles head-on, and develop a plan to overcome them. While a potential employer may be concerned about investing in someone new to the field, the fact that you entered the career willingly and are passionate about the switch are assets that you should treat as strengths.

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