How to Change Careers without prior Industry knowledge

Have you ever thought of switching your careers? Has it occurred to you, in your current employment, that you feel unhappy, tired of the work, and would prefer to do something else? This situation may well happen at some point in your career, and if it does,how would you approach the prospect of changing careers if you had little experience in the industry that you are aiming to work in?

Preparing to change careers without experience in the role that you are aspiring to, will require much thought and preparation. Here are some pointers to help you make a successful career transition:

Appreciate the present; look forward to the future.

Appreciating your current job and the company that you work for is important for any employee.You may not feel totally happy in your current situation however it is important to apprecriate what your role has given you. For example, the skills that you have acquired, the knowledge that you now possess due to the role you have been in. By doing this, you can realise your capabilities and assess yourself, whether it is time for you to change careers? Do you think you would be more productive in a different role? Will it give you more satisfaction or is it good for your self-worth to change careers? If your answers to those questions are YES, then definitely, you should change careers. You need to acknowledge where your current job has brought you, and then be open to change if required, so you can look forward to taking on a new role.

Be Prepared

In changing careers, particularly from a job that you have been in for some time to one where you have no experience, is a bold act. However scary, if this is your decision, or your calling, you must research what is required for this new role so you are prepared. Preparations for changing careers needs effort. What are the learnings you need to complete and the tools you must equip yourself with for you to take on that job?

Get into the Right Mindset

You may feel confident in your current position, enjoying all the privileges of your job. However, when you change careers, you are a rookie, a newbie. You have to accept the fact that you are no longer the expert in that field, and that you have a lot to learn. You must get into the mindset that everything can be learned, and that you are prepared to start learning straight away. Take on the responsibility of equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills needed for you to be able to change careers. Condition your mind that you are starting over and that you will need to go through some training as a NEW employee. Accept that there are employees in the new company that are more knowledgeable than you are and that there will be employees that are seen as ‘rockstars’ in their roles in this NEW company. Mastery takes time. You may feel like an underdog now, but becoming a pro at a different role takes time and you need to accept it will take time for you to succeed.

Be creative

If you are changing careers to a different industry, you will not have the experience some other candidates have on their resume. However you may be bringing a different perspective to the role as you come from a different environment and culture. Being creative from the time you start applying will give you that edge. Prepare a brilliant CV that would invite hiring managers to take a chance on hiring you. Add something to your CV that might be useful in the new job. As part of your preparation, you must research the skills needed, the culture, the environment of the new job, and include those learnings in your CV. Include links to your social media accounts including your LinkedIn and other professional profiles online. Make them see your professional side and at the same time, your creative side.

Be patient.

Changing careers may take time. You are redesigning your career. You simply cannot do this overnight. It takes a lot of thought and effort. Applying is the easy first step. Getting hired, since you are from a different job or role, may take time. Continue pushing forward. Find other opportunities. Do not limit yourself to just one company. Seek employment in line with your chosen career path – not just with your preferred company. Being patient brings its rewards.

Changing careers to a role that you have little experience in, is a big decision. It takes a lot of contemplating and self-assessment before deciding “yes, I want to change careers!” However when you do get that light bulb moment make sure you are ready to put yourself through the rigour of research and training. As long as what you are transitioning into a career that fulfills you, then you are doing the right thing!

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