It’s not unusual to be unhappy in your job, but more and more people refuse to be stuck in a position where misery has become a way of life. Some are content with a similar job in a different company; others soon realise that their career is what makes them miserable.
This is where it can get complicated. When you have a CV that is tailor-made for a management position in an office, how do you land a job in an entirely new industry? Here is some advice to help you ensure your new job application won’t get tossed in the trash.
Consult the experts
In high school, you had the support of career advisors to help you understand the requirements for certain jobs. You might not have advisors on hand anymore, but you can still get some expert advice if you look in the right places. If you want a career in healthcare, talking to friends in the medical industry or a pharmaceutical staffing agency can give you an idea of the qualifications and experience you need for an entry level position. You might be lucky enough to have some transferrable skills, but you might have to work towards a new qualification to help you break into your chosen industry.
Learn the necessary skills
Chances are you won’t have the necessary qualifications for the new job you want. But don’t let this put you off. You can learn the skills you need by going back to school full time, through an online course, or signing up for part-time classes.
Even if you change your mind all over again (remember, this is allowed) furthering your career with education is never a bad thing. Studying part time while maintaining a job will show employers that you have enough drive and motivation to go after something you want. The degree itself will also help you develop a wide range of skills in addition to learning about the subject itself.
If you don’t quite have the funds for a formal education, you could also try volunteering. The right volunteering role could help you break into a new industry by giving you valuable experience, or help you narrow down your interests so you better know which industry you might try working in next. Volunteering also shows potential employers that you are a selfless person, that you are open to new experiences, and that you have enough drive and motivation to go beyond what is expected of you.
Make a five year plan
The downside of starting a new career from the beginning is that you’ll have to start at the bottom. However, you won’t stay there forever. If you’re hoping to end up in a top position one day, a five year plan can outline the steps you need to take to get there. Your plan should outline how you’re paying for new qualifications, the position you’re hoping to get, and where you hope to end up after a few years experience.