4 tips for a career change

job change, career change

At the age of 16 you decide to start an apprenticeship. This is followed by an apprenticeship lasting several years and probably a few years of “on-the-job” training. It can happen that the desire for a change of profession strengthens you. There are several ways to get a new job with these tips.

Tip 1: Your interests for a career change

It is often easier to say what you don’t want than what you really want. This is also the case when choosing a job. You quickly know what is annoying in your job and should not be any more. But it is much more important to focus on what you like to do. It’s not always easy, and it’s certainly not done quickly. It takes a lot of time to deal with yourself and to dig out your interests for the new job like gold nuggets. The more specific you are, the better you will know later on which job you should apply for. For example, there is still little point in simply doing “something with social media” or “a job with lots of contact with people”. Who or what is your interest? Is it about creating beautiful images for Instagram or creating a plan for its implementation? Is it about informing people or animating them? As the specification increases, professional reorientation becomes clearer.


Tip 2: Your motives for reorientation

But those who have found out their interests are not finished yet. The second step is to add another aspect: your motives/movements. So why you want to change professions because this also has an influence on the choice of your new job or industry. It makes a difference whether you want to change your profession out of boredom or because of too much stress. For example, a baker who wants to change his job because of too much stress and who wants to have more contact with people in the future, should rather not start in the field service, because the pressure of sales can be very high there. So completing the thoughts of reorientation in the job, both interests and motives are needed. One should also always consider whether the change to a new job brings the desired change at all. If you want to change your profession because the management in the company is constantly changing, a new profession does not guarantee that things will be different when you start a new job.

Tip 3: Build on what you have from your job

If you know where you want to go (interests and motives), it is worthwhile to see if something of the past path could be useful for the future. Is there any existing expertise or know-how that could help you get started in your new job? An example would be a car mechanic who would rather switch to technical consulting in a pneumatics company. It is likely that further training will be necessary, but knowledge and understanding are already there and will help him/her in his/her new job. It is important that you emphasize this previous knowledge in your application.

Tip 4: Explore possibilities

If the existing situation provides little momentum for the leap into a new profession, one should look at what alternatives would be possible. In this step, you should first write down all the facts on a piece of paper that would otherwise be on your CV. Or, if you have a resume ready, take it out. Important are things like the length of work experience, whether there is a specialization in a field or whether you have management and decision-making experience. But your highest educational level also plays a role. Because with these points you can turn the further education into experiences that you can complete. Most times, it is also possible to take part in further education courses, i.e. if your curriculum vitae contains enough experience to make certain previous schools unnecessary. You can find here which further education courses are available or which degree you should take. Anyone who takes part in continuing education for the change to a new profession also signals to potential employers in the US labor market that they are willing to change jobs.

Change of profession not equal to career start

Anyone who wants to start a career from university and gain a foothold in the US labor market can also consult this article. But there is one major difference: professional experience and existing training. Although it is always possible to start a course of study in the US education system, this is not always absolutely necessary. Even if you want to change professions, in many cases further education is enough to get the job you want.

Published by Dave John

Decade of work experience in leadership consulting with strong focus on talent acquisition & assessment across different industries and geographies.

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