I have been working in my field for several years and would like to change careers to something different. Where do I start? How do I go about changing jobs?
–BTS, Houston, Tx
Changing careers requires planning.
The first step I would take is to find several people who you know who can talk with you about the field you want to move into and the skills and experience you will need to be successful.
Don’t know someone? Ask the people you know I there is someone they know who is in the field.
Still can’t connect with anyone? Go to the online services and see if you can plug in to someone?
Still can’t connect with someone? Google for resumes and call and email several of the people you find there.
Speak with senior people about the people they hire. Speak with people currently doing the work you want to be doing about what they do and the experiences they have.
Your goal is to gather intelligence so that
- You have a clearer picture of the work you will be doing in order to avoid making a mistake
- You have a clearer idea of the work
- You have a clearer idea of the skills you have that may be transferable
- You have a clearer idea of the training you will need in order to get the job you want.
Get yourself the training you need, even if you pay for it yourself.
These are the starting points to making a career change. I will look at the specifics of how to find the job in the next career on another occasion. Experience says that this is a big enough chunk to bite off first and that if I discuss the part about how to actually go out and find the job, that is where you will focus your attention, instead of on the preliminary steps.
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