No longer enjoy your career? Perhaps the work is no longer rewarding or there’s no room for progression or you simply feel you have another calling. Whatever the case, it’s never too late to change career path. Even if it’s an entirely different role that requires different qualifications and experience, you can still make the change. Here are some tips for making the career change.
Leave your old job on good terms
No matter how much you hate your job, try to leave on as amicable terms as possible – telling your boss how much you hate them before storming out might seem tempting, but it won’t do you any favours in the long run. Leaving on good terms with enough notice entitles you to the pay you deserve whilst also allowing you to use your past employer for references. Your next employer is likely wonder why you made such a dramatic career shift and may want to contact your ex-employer.
Identify transferable skills
No matter how far the leap, there are likely to be some transferable skills. You may have experience working in a team, juggling responsibilities, working to deadlines and coming up with creative solutions – all of which can be useful in whatever role you take. Give evidence of these traits on your CV or have them prepared for an interview to help prove yourself in your new role.
Gain the necessary qualifications
Whilst you can sometimes get by without the qualifications, there are other times when really can’t get into your dream career without them. Before leaving your current job, it could be possible to start gaining these qualifications through a web-based course such as an online engineering MBA. Working your current job and studying will be hard, but it will allow you to transition more easily from one job to the next.
Gain the necessary experience
You may need experience on top of qualifications to break into your new career. You may be able to volunteer one day a week at the weekend on top of your current job. Alternatively, you may be able to drop your current job to part time and work some new hours voluntarily or low paid in your new career field. Having this experience will put you at an advantage when breaking into your new career.
Fund your career change
Getting new qualifications and experience could involve dropping hours or taking course, which could cost money. Work out a way to fund your transition whether it’s saving up or taking out a loan. You may be able to save money by finding a sponsored course or taking up a paid internship. If you can no longer stand your current job and need to quit as soon as possible, you could always take up another temporary job in the meantime – just makes sure that this job remains temporary and doesn’t take you on another career trajectory that you don’t want to be on.