Today I want to share you my answer to a question asked by a reader – let’s call him Joe. Joe wrote a letter asking advice on how to seek a new career field – he found himself lost in a sea of information. I hope Joe doesn’t mind I share his story to other readers as they can enjoy the benefits as well. 🙂
Joe is at his 47, holds a B.S. in Psychology and is a very intelligent person. He had taken several career tests with social service, writing, and teaching were all that came backs. As these career choices were nowhere near to his current experiences (automobile dealership) he then checked into training and education options. Unfortunately, a graduate program was very expensive and he had no idea of the outcome of a professional certification for the job market.
My Advice On How to Seek a New Career Field
Seeking a perfect career is easy for some but the same endeavor may mean confusion and stress to others. Some people are lucky enough to find and enjoy their job at their early career — at their fist attempt or two. If you don’t belong to this group or you have to work hard to discover the dream occupation, don’t worry. You will eventually find what you are looking for. Just don’t give up and be patient with yourself.
Are your career test results always refer you to career related to social service, writing and teaching? If so then compare them with your strengths. Strengths relate to tasks that we’re confident doing and are usually reinforced by appreciations of those who have used our services. For example, my ability in using words is my strength because I am used to get compliments from others related to the quality of my written and spoken words.
Once you discover a career that closely correlates with your strengths then you can start building network with people who have already worked your target career. Have limited time for networking? No problem. You can join online forums where professionals in the industry that you want to enter mingled. Just make friends with them and don’t be shy to ask questions.
Now you are ready for more opportunities to get to know the new career. And my favorite advice is to take part time or temporary job for a position that you can easily qualify for. This is a bit tricky because employers might see you as overqualified but you can creatively offer reasons they can’t refuse during interviews.
Seek a New Career Field Plan
Take your time to make your seek a new career field plan. Learn whether the industry is for you as well as to probe whether your target field will be enjoyable for relatively long time. From the “on the job training” you will know more about the requirements of your ideal career and whether the industry suits you best. You may then reconsider further career training and education that are more affordable and offer better return on investment.
This is a low risk strategy and it works especially if you are not very sure about the industry and profession that you are entering.
So, make your career change plan simple. Take an easy, small action every day by focusing on what you can do to help employers. Make sure you do your best to help employers get what they want and you will get your perfect career.