General Education

How to Change Careers

General EducationFebruary 23, 2016

People change careers for any number of reasons. Perhaps their company has undergone cutbacks, or they are in dead-end jobs, or an emerging occupation seems more rewarding.


Whatever the reason, changing careers can be one of the most challenging risks an employee takes in his or her professional life. They’ll be setting off into uncharted territory and may be competing against potentially more-experienced candidates. However, there are things they can do make the switch more successful.

Taking Steps To Change Your Career

Quint Careers suggests the first thing a career-changer should do is assess what is good and bad about their current position. Everything from the job itself, to their boss and working conditions, should be evaluated so you know what to look for when they research new careers. You also should make a list of transferable skills you have learned or perfected. Soft skills such as leadership, planning and communicating, for example, can be important factors when applying for most any new position.


Once you find that new career path, you should check to see whether you need training and education in the field. If so, find the school that can best prepare you for the challenges ahead. You should also start networking and building experience before you even decide to enter your targeted field. Do volunteer work or an internship for an organization in the field, or a similar one, to build experience and meet others who may be able to guide you in your new career.

If it’s been some time since you’ve had to do any job-hunting, research available self-help books and tools so your resume, cover letters and interviewing skills work for you--not against you. And, most of all, be flexible – whether that’s regarding your willingness to move for a new career, starting salary, or job status.Maybe even think about starting your own business.


Writing in Fortune magazine, Blue Apron co-founder and CEO Matthew Salzberg talked about making the leap from equity investor to entrepreneur. He offers this advice: “Be humble – focus your career aspiration on what really matters to you. Seek out experts and mentors who can advise and coach you along the path to a new profession. And make your move when you have the support of your family, friends and loved ones. You have to be comfortable knowing others won’t think badly of you if the career change isn’t an immediate success.”

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