The Success Guide to Changing Your Careers at Any Age

January 19, 2022


Hate your job? Burnt out? Looking for a change? It’s never too late to switch careers. Yes, changing careers is tricky if you don’t have done it before. And if you’re well-experienced in your field, taking up a new role and starting from scratch in a different industry is scary too. Is it a good idea to switch at this point? How to embark on this journey?

Questions like these must be haunting you. But don’t you fear! We are here to answer them and help you change careers successfully. Switching careers is absolutely possible and it doesn’t have to be complicated if you have planned it out. Many companies have revised their talent acquisition plan to encourage hiring on the basis of the candidate’s abilities rather than experience. Therefore, switching may not be that hard.

However, to make a successful career move, you’ll need more than just leadership abilities. It takes time, planning, and perseverance to execute the ideal career shift approach. This article will walk you through the steps you’ll need to take for making it happen. So here we go:

1: Time to Reflect Your Current Situation 

When considering a career shift, the first step is to evaluate your current situation. What is it that you like about your job? What makes you good at the work that you do? Look at the positive aspects. There’s a possibility that you like the designation but not your organization. Toxic culture, bossy managers, or other problems could be to blame. This reflection is important because it will serve as a foundation for the decision to switch.

Once you know what frustrates and dissatisfies you, this makes it easier to decide if you should quit the organization or change careers. 

2: Find Your Strengths 

Assuming that you have decided to change careers, this is what you must do next. Identify your strengths because that’s what you will be relying on to apply for new jobs.

What are the things that your colleges make you great? Make a list of both well-rounded hard and soft skills. Many of these abilities may be transferable and applicable to any job or sector. You may not get the title you desire, the talents you possess will assist you in performing the job. Developing your personal development skills can also help you to succeed.

3: Brainstorm New Career Options 

Once you have a list of skills/strengths ready, now comes the part where you brainstorm industries and jobs that may be a good fit for your experience and skills.

There’s a possibility you don’t find a career that fits your expectations. In that case, reach out to professionals in your network. If your pocket allows, you can also sign for career counseling to learn more about your strengths and personality.

Use the resources available at your disposal such as LinkedIn, Indeed or brainstorm potential careers you can choose. Learn more about each of those roles to see if you’re the right fit and then begin applying.

4: Time to Craft an Action Plan 

So, you have identified the role or title you want to take but you may not be there just there. Don’t lose hope, you can still make it. This calls for creating an action plan to define your goals and creating milestones for completing that role.

You might have to sign up for a certification to be able to score that role. This is the stage where you write down the steps to reach your goal and the timeline for it.

5: Rebrand Your Resume and Cover Letter 

You may need to do some personal rebranding before you start applying for jobs. You must alter your resume, cover letter, and bio on social media handles to give a reason for employers to even consider your application.

Why? Because your previous experience may not match the job you are applying to. Mention only items from your previous roles or job experience which would make you a better candidate for the job you’re going for. Highlight the skills that best match with the job descriptions and show off the certifications you have recently achieved to get the employer’s attention.

6: Take Advantage of Your Network

Reach out to the industry experts or professionals in your network (whom you trust) and let them know you’re changing careers. You may also get in touch with recruiters since many manufacturing staffing agencies and recruitment agencies, in general, are eager to help candidates land the job of their dreams.

Ask the industry professionals to keep you in mind if an opportunity arises. You can reach out to them via email, social media, or phone (only if you have a close relationship with them). Don’t hesitate to volunteer or start as an intern. This will help you in deciding if the industry you are perusing is a good fit for you. Most of all, this will give you the experience you need to stand out from the crowd. 

Keep trying until you succeed! 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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