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How to Get Started in a New Industry

Guest blog written by Andrea Mugaburu

Ready for a change? Some people enter into “second careers”, “midlife career changes”, or “second-acts”. Whatever you call it, it can be challenging to get into a new industry that you have minimal experience in but want to pursue.

If you’re ready for a career change, here is a strategic, 3-step plan that can help you get there:

1. Understand the Desired Role

Create a clear understanding of the industry and how this particular role plays into the daily function for a company. A quick google search goes a long way!

Make sure you also understand the qualifications necessary for your dream role. What skills are needed to do this work? Are there certain certificates or education level required to perform this job? What are the pros and cons?

More importantly, after you’ve gathered this information, ask yourself the most important question: Does this particular position fit in with your lifestyle? Does the position work long hours or travel? Does the compensation align with your needs?

After all, what you are looking for can vary from your initial thought on the career change. For example, someone with a family may want to have weekends off and go home every night compared an independent person who may love to travel and doesn’t mind working long hours.

2. Strategize the Transition

From here, it is time to plan! Take notes on the goal job and keep them for your record. Identify the necessary steps to get to where you want to be using the information you’ve already gathered.

When looking at your resume, clarify your transferable skills from previous employment. Let potential employers know how your skill set aligns with what they may be looking for in the role.

Be sure to create an opportunity for yourself. A small way to do this may be as simple as surrounding yourself with others that are already in the industry. Sometimes it can be all about who you know to get your foot in the door. Plus, what better way to get the scoop on what the job is actually like?

3. Start Small When Looking at the Big Picture

Don’t forget that taking baby steps can get you on the right path to your next career. While everyone may want to be the star of the movie, even the lead cast member once played the extra. You have to put in the work to get there.

Look to where you can gain the experience. See if there are any internships, apprenticeships, or volunteer opportunities that you can start. Or better yet, find an entry-level position. Find any opportunity to gain experience relevant to your ultimate goal job.

If those aren’t options, then create your own project. For example, if you want to be a carpenter then create a little workshop for yourself slowly over time and get to work. Create some pieces to show off your skillset and wow potential employers.


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