HOW TO CHANGE YOUR COURSE

7 WAYS TO SWITCH TO DE­SIGN FROM A DIF­FER­ENT CA­REER

Computer Arts - - Industry Issues -

01 KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

Switch­ing ca­reer gives you the op­por­tu­nity to shape your fu­ture. Don’t jump at the first op­por­tu­nity: think care­fully about what you want. What do you love do­ing? What sort of work­ing en­vi­ron­ment do you want? Iden­tify what ful­fils you so you can make the right choices.

02 TRY EV­ERY­THING

Dun­can Blach­ford ad­vises fully im­mers­ing your­self in a lot of dif­fer­ent ar­eas to build up a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of what your new ca­reer would or could en­tail, and where you might be best suited. “Try a range of styles and medi­ums, use your hands – make it tan­gi­ble,” he ad­vises

03 START STUDY­ING

Sup­ple­ment your prac­ti­cal ex­plo­ration with study­ing. You could take an evening class, go back to univer­sity or sim­ply ex­pand your read­ing list. “Dig into de­sign his­tory,” agrees Blach­ford. “It’s rich in so­cial and po­lit­i­cal con­text.”

04 IDEN­TIFY YOUR TRANS­FER­ABLE SKILLS

You might feel older than the av­er­age ju­nior but you will have valu­able trans­fer­able skills and ex­pe­ri­ence that will translate into your new ca­reer. You were a chef? You have or­gan­i­sa­tion and lead­er­ship skills. You were a mu­si­cian? You’re cre­ative and have con­fi­dence. Think about the skills a stu­dio wants and show how you have them.

05 MAKE NEW FRIENDS

Start hang­ing out with de­sign­ers and cre­atives work­ing in the area you’d like to be in. At­tend meet-ups, go to talks, par­tic­i­pate as much as pos­si­ble and em­brace your lo­cal de­sign com­mu­nity. The net ef­fect will help you move for­ward.

06 TAKE IT GRAD­U­ALLY

Mov­ing into your new ca­reer through a se­ries of jobs can be more ef­fec­tive than try­ing to rein­vent your ca­reer overnight. This has the added bonus of po­ten­tially pro­tect­ing your salary, too, rather than go­ing back to en­try level wages.

07 EDIT YOUR CV

It might be tempt­ing to in­clude ev­ery job you’ve ever had but aim to keep your CV to two pages max­i­mum. Iden­tify the goals of your prospec­tive em­ployer and then tie your work ex­pe­ri­ence, skills and goals into those.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.