Should you or should you not? That is the question.
If you’ve been feeling bored or frustrated at work, especially if it’s something you’ve been doing for a long time, it can be difficult and downright scary to start over. But sometimes, that’s exactly what you need for the sake of your long-term happiness and contentment.
If you’re a mid-career professional considering looking for a new job, here’s a piece of good news: you don’t need to start from the bottom again. Whether you’re planning on doing a complete career overhaul or you’re looking for a new position in the same field, here are the steps to a successful career switch:
Consider Why You Want to Transition and to What
Being a mid-career professional means you’re past entry-level but you still have a lot of opportunities to climb up the career ladder. This usually means around 10 to 15 years in the field you’re in, doing what you’re doing. So, it’s not unreasonable that you might want or need a change. For a successful transition, consider where you want to transition. This can be:
- A new job in the same field – this means you fundamentally enjoy what you do, you may just want to work in a new place.
- A new career in a different industry, using the skills you already have – this means looking for a job that utilizes the skills you’ve already cultivated. For example, from being a private tutor, you may want to consider a career in international schools in the Philippines.
- A complete 180 – this happens if you want to completely reinvent your work and personal life. For example, from being a part of the corporate world, you may be considering moving to the countryside and work on your own farm.
This consideration is essential for you to identify what’s making you unhappy or dissatisfied and what will make you happy moving forward.
Identify Your Current Skills and the Ones You Need to Learn
Once you know what you want your next step to be, your next step should be evaluating the skills you possess and how you can apply them to your next career goal. If you’ve been working for a decade or more, you have no doubt acquired several skills that apply to different careers. This is why you’re in luck; you don’t have to start from scratch.
After that, when you’re looking for job postings, analyse their requirements and the job description. You’ll be able to get a good idea on which skills you already have and which ones you need to work on. Since this may involve taking classes for certifications or volunteer positions, make sure to establish a timeline on when you can accomplish this.
Even though you’re a seasoned professional, it’s still a good idea to go slow. This is especially true when you’re considering a complete career makeover. You need to hone your newly acquired skills, which can take time. Besides, no one’s expecting you to be perfect at your new job right away. If you give yourself enough time to get the hang of things, you’re more likely to succeed in your new career.
Sometimes, a career change is completely necessary. So, think of your experience as an advantage. It can inform your future career even though the latter is a complete departure from it.