How to make a ca­reer switch

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THINK­ING of mak­ing a job switch but aren’t sure whether you’ll find the right fit? Here’s how to use your ex­ist­ing skills to make a splash in the job mar­ket.

Most jobs re­quire that you be open to growth, change and adapt­abil­ity and that of­ten means us­ing what you have to swim with the chang­ing tide.

There’s noth­ing wrong with learn­ing new skills. In fact, en­hanc­ing your ex­ist­ing knowl­edge and learn­ing some­thing new through on­line cour­ses goes a long way in help­ing you to adapt to a new work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

But just how do you make the tran­si­tion into a new field with the set of ex­ist­ing skills that you have? IDEN­TIFY WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO DO Some­times when peo­ple make a change they’re not quite sure what it is they want to do next, es­pe­cially when they’re feel­ing burnt out from their last ca­reer or they’ve been re­trenched.

De­ter­min­ing the rea­sons be­hind mak­ing the change and think­ing about the di­rec­tion you’d like to go in is a good place to start be­fore you even con­sider your skills.

Make a list of com­pa­nies that you’ve al­ways ad­mired and that you can see your­self work­ing for and iden­tify how your work ex­pe­ri­ence can tie in with what they’re of­fer­ing. Know­ing who you’d like to mar­ket your­self to is key in es­tab­lish­ing the trans­fer­able skills that you want to pro­mote. LIST YOUR SKILLS Trans­fer­able skills don’t just re­fer to the hard set of re­quire­ments that are needed for a spe­cific job role.

Most of us have picked up on skills that have be­come just as valu­able in the work sec­tor — skills that look more to­wards the fol­low­ing: com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, prob­lem-solv­ing abil­i­ties, crit­i­cal think­ing and pro­ject man­age­ment to men­tion a few.

Th­ese are the kind of skills that are val­ued and can seam­lessly help you to fit into sur­pris­ing roles.

So think about the in­dus­try you want to work in and con­sider what you can bring to the ta­ble in terms of knowl­edge, per­son­al­ity and func­tional skills and iden­tify key­words within those job de­scrip­tions that can help you to high­light your strengths. RE­SEARCH THE IN­DUS­TRY How much do you know about the in­dus­try that you’re aim­ing to make a move to? A key point in mak­ing the tran­si­tion to a new ca­reer sec­tor is to be knowl­edge­able about what you can ex­pect.

Ac­cord­ing to lead­er­sin­, you should speak to con­tacts in the sec­tor and find out what a typ­i­cal work day is like.

Most im­por­tantly, the re­search you do in the in­dus­try not only shows you how you can fit into a typ­i­cal role, but it gives you an in­di­ca­tion of po­ten­tial gaps in your knowl­edge that you need to fill.

And find­ing out what you don’t know gives you the op­por­tu­nity to search for ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties (there are of­ten a wealth of af­ford­able and some­times free cour­ses) that can help you up your game and bet­ter your chances.

Another im­por­tant point, es­pe­cially if you’ve been re­trenched: in-depth re­search into the in­dus­try could also help you to de­ter­mine how strong the in­dus­try is in terms of growth op­por­tu­ni­ties and whether or not you’re likely to be re­trenched again. MAR­KET YOUR SKILLS, GO OUT AND NET­WORK Find­ing a job is all about sell­ing your­self, and it’s no dif­fer­ent when you’re switch­ing ca­reer paths. In fact, the chance to mar­ket your skills to a new in­dus­try means that you’ve got a chance to start freh.

Go out there and net­work. At­tend events that are re­lated to the in­dus­try. Lis­ten to key speak­ers within the in­dus­try and make your­self known to them by show­ing in­ter­est, ask­ing ques­tions and tak­ing note of key trends.

— BizCom­mu­nity.

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