The other day, I met with a candidate who wanted advice on how to reroute his career. He had an engineering degree, yet his previous career had gone down a different track, including only roles in sales positions. Now, after more than ten years in sales, he wanted to get back into the engineering field but was wondering how to make the switch. You can probably relate to his frustration if you have agonized over whether to stay or go in your own current career. The idea of changing industries, positions, locations, or especially starting over in a whole new job field can seem like an overwhelming task. If so, where should you begin to get your career back on track? Here are some basic ways to help jumpstart your career.
Business psychologist Sharon Peake of CareerShifters.org. specializes in giving career change advice. She encourages career shifters to embrace false starts–in other words, look at the previous career you’ve had, not as a waste, but as a teacher of valuable lessons. She encourages, “Being able to identify what you don’t like is equally as valuable as learning what you do like, and can help you to narrow down your vision of where you’d really like to be with your career. In addition, chances are you will have gained a number of transferable skills that will be helpful to you in your next move.”
Taking your career in a new direction may take a lot of effort, but now is the time to get your career back on track. Updating your profiles, networking, getting additional training, and being persistent will eventually lead you where you want to go. Be patient and keep going–your strong efforts will be rewarded when you land a job in your new field.
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