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Making The Transition From One Career To Another



Let me guess, you are completely bored at work, you watch for the clock to strike 5 o’clock, and you can’t stand the people that you work with. If you are nodding your head right now, then you might need a change of scenery. Chances are that it’s not the work place, it’s the career. If you enjoyed the work you were doing, you might be able to get over the fact that you can’t stand the people around you or the occasional downtime when business is slow. You may have thought about switching careers in the past, but you were paralyzed with fear. Here are some excuses that might be holding you back from making the jump to a different career.

I only have experience in the current career that I’m in now. How do I change careers without any experience?

I don’t have the right degree for the career that I want to be in.

No one gives me an interview when I turn in applications.

I don’t have the skills required to qualify for a different career.

Let me be the first, the second, or maybe the one hundredth person to tell you that you don’t need to let these mental barriers keep you from transiitioning to a different career. Each new generation lives longer than the other because new technology allows us to live longer and fuller lives. The idea that we will pick and keep one career for the rest of our lives is quickly fading away. Statistics show that the average person switches jobs every three years. This isn’t necessarily switching new careers, but it proves the point that very few people these days are faithful to one company, let alone one career. And that is okay. Here are two key things you can do to help yourself change careers.

Educate Yourself

If you’re a teacher and you want to be a financial advisor, you need to start getting your hands on all of the financial books you can find. Take some classes at a local community college. The continuing education at community colleges can be really helpful and not as much of a joke as some people think. Read, read, and read some more about the career that you want to transition to. Make yourself an expert. Subscribe to RSS feeds of topics in the career field you are interested in.

Focus on Transferable Skills

Take your resume and start making revisions. You no longer want to boast your previous work experience. You want to focus on skills that you’ve acquired through your work experience that is transferable to the career field or job position you are seeking. Customer service skills, sales experience, negotiation skills, computer skills, volunteering with young people, working as a team, and finding problem solving/decision making skills are all highly transferable skills that can span many different careers and jobs. This is how you get recognized by a potential employer in a field that you have no direct experience. Make them recognize you by the skills you have, rather than the work experience and degrees earned. It will be more challenging, but it is possible.

Changing careers may be the best thing that ever happened to you. You’ll get a fresh lease on life. You’ll find that you have a little more hop in your step, and any moments of depression may start to fade away. Make sure that you don’t switch from one boring career to another. If you are going to take the plunge and switch careers, make sure it’s a career that you are passionate about and have a desire to work at every day. So, what are you waiting for? You have no excuses now.

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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