It is not uncommon to find people make a major switch in career paths especially in this internet age and most recently the advent of Corona virus.
In 2020 a lot of people across the globe were displaced from their job because their roles had become redundant, the industries that were most affected were the entertainment, hospitality, aviation industries and many others.
This brought about innovation and creativity in the definition of work; and as well increased career switch specially to make ends meet.
You will agree that the choice of career is one of the most important life decisions anyone can make. What you don’t want to do is make a mistake that would last a lifetime. Below is the ultimate checklist for your career switch;
Career and Self Evaluation
What is the significant reason for leaving your current career for the one you are considering?
Do you need a new job and not a different career?
Are you aware of the practical realities of the career you are considering? How much do you really know? Who have you spoken to?
These are salient questions you need to ask yourself during your evaluation process. They will help you see grey areas clearly, tie up loose ends and make your decision.
Research and due diligence
A bit of this has been mentioned earlier but will now be further explained because of how important this is to your final decision.
As you know, information is key and your personal research as opposed to hearsay is paramount. Everything you need to know about anything is at your finger tips all you have to do is look in the right direction and from the right source.
Naira land and Quora can be helpful but you will likely find conflicting facts and differing opinions on the same matter. In such a situation it would be best to speak to someone who is currently in that career path to have a clearer picture. You can also sign up for industry conferences or join a group on LinkedIn. Use your network in all different ways.
What you shouldn’t do is go on an unending research, you can never know until you start, but it is important to know what you need to know to make headway. Research but don’t take forever.
Create a Career Switch Strategy
This could be from taking helpful courses for your new career trajectory to taking up gigs to get started in building your portfolio of work, internships are great for this if it’s an unrelated industry from your previous job. But if it in a related industry best believe that some skills are transferrable enough to go after a full-time role.
You will need a well curated resume highlighting skills you have honed, what you have done and what you are capable of doing in the most convincing way.
A way to find like-minded people is to join different LinkedIn groups. You can contact them just by becoming a member of the group.
At the very least, send out feelers to family and friends. And talk about your career transition to anyone who will listen — the more people who know what you’re looking for, the more potential there is for a connection.
Signing up or subscribing for Job alerts related to your new career will help to stay abreast of opportunities.
Also preparing and practicing easily answered questions will increase your chances of excelling at interviews.
Career Progression and opportunity
A key factor to consider is the future prospects of that career and the opportunities available to you including how to properly position yourself to assess these opportunities.
This will help you clearly map out your career goals.
A financial buffer
You will need this. This is why it advisable to have up to 6 months of your current income saved because it is highly unlikely that you will be highly renumerated at the beginning of a new career. But the money saved will serve as a cushion until you find your feet.
Have you been considering switching careers? Did you find it useful?