11 Tips That Can Help You When Changing Career Paths or Industries

Sometimes A Change Is Needed, Here Are Our Top Tips for Getting Started

Career Paths« Back to Articles

Are you interested in a new career? Do you want to join a new industry? Is your workplace making you feel bored?

If you answered yes to any of these questions (or all of them), then change could be just what you need. There are many reasons people are looking to switch paths in life, but those who plan forward are much more likely to succeed on their quest.

This article shares advice, tips and things you should be considering before making your decision. Here are the 11 steps you need to be taking:

1. Getting Personal

Sometimes, a complete change isn’t the answer for everything. Spend time really figuring out yourself and what sparked this need for change. Is it your boss? Are you in a toxic work environment? Have you worked at the same place for years? All these are essential factors to identify, to see where adjustments can be made. It could be the case of joining a more innovative company or finding more productive ways to combat toxicity within the workplace. If after distinguishing any current underlying workplace issues you still feel you want to make a change, then this article is for you.

2. Consider Mentoring

Mentoring is simply the most effective way to get started in a new profession. In the beginning, the transition into a new career or industry can be challenging, finding people to connect with and the skills you require can be a daunting experience. Working with a mentor can help guide and assist you in the right direction, mentors can also identify your current skills and where you can improve. It’s advantageous to find a mentor in your field, as they have already been in your shoes and possess the experience needed to give you the most useful advice to become successful. Mentors also have relevant connections in the field, assisting you on your route. Although finding the right mentor can seem like a difficult task, PushFar is a free and easy to use platform with over 50,000+ members, finding a perfect mentor has never been easier.

3. Get Studying

Learn what you think you need, then learn some more. For a smooth and successful transition, you need to ensure you know as much as you can before diving in. Remember, it’s better to know too much than not enough. You can learn more about the role and industry through our trusted friend Google, connecting with people in the field or going old-school and reading books.

4. Map Ideas

Before making any rushed decisions, make sure to educate yourself on your options. Make sure to research and learn more about the career or industry you want to join, taking into account your current skills, core values and what path would suit you best. Map out any ideas you have and see which route appeals to you the most. If you're still struggling to decide what path is best suited, speak to other professionals in the field, a mentor or friends and family.

5. Consider Your Finances

Changing career paths or joining a new industry may mean you need to take a pay cut, or for some could mean an increase in wages. Although finances shouldn’t stand in the way of us being happy, we all have bills to pay. When researching, look for the salaries of the role and see if this fits your lifestyle. You ensure you're financially prepared to start at the bottom if needed, modifying your expenses to ensure a smooth transition.

6. Researching Job Listings

After you’ve decided what route you want to take, more extensive research can take place. To learn more about what’s expected of you in the role and the skills you need, head to your favourite job listing website and start reviewing appropriate listings. You can find relevant organisations in your area to start engaging and connecting with them on social media platforms. Investigating the role and industry gives you a better understanding, allowing you to strategically plan for the future.

7. Networking

Whether you are changing your career path or moving to a fresh industry, the process can feel scary and often isolating. Make use of your current connections by reaching out and asking them to share advice. Reaching out to the contacts you already have is a great way to get your foot in the door, they may even be able to put in a good word about you. It's crucial to find someone trustworthy during this time, allowing you a safe space to express any concerns you may have without judgment. It’s also important to connect with other professionals in the field such as a mentor or through LinkedIn, most people will be willing to help you along your journey. The best way to find out about the career path or industry is by learning from the people who already have experience.

8. Test The Waters

Before making the switch, consider trying out the role. To make sure the job is right for you, there are many approaches you can take to gain experience and make your final decision. For example, speaking to your connections to see if they will let you shadow them, spending anywhere from a few hours or days immersing yourself into the role. You could also check with local organisations if there is any part-time work available or see if you’d be able to volunteer. These are just some of the ways you can gain experience and the skills needed.

9. Upskill

By doing your research you’ll have a clear understanding of what skills you need to do the role. Whether this means you need a degree to start off or some training is required, you may need to seek out further education. Deepening your knowledge will help the process of transitioning be more effortless.

10. Seek Opportunities in Your Company

No one knows how you work better than the company you work for. If you have decided on a career change, speak to your current place of employment and see what they can offer you. For example, if you currently work in marketing but want to work for the development department, it doesn’t hurt to ask for guidance and direction. Working alongside your company to enhance your career goes a long way, they may even offer to pay for some training courses if they know you're the right fit for the role.

11. Setting Realistic Goals

There are many factors you need to think about such as what skills you already have, your age and your education level. Although you should always have goals and aspirations, you don’t want to set yourself up for failure in the long run. You need to be realistic about the goals you set, otherwise, complications will arise.

Final Thoughts

Although you might feel as though you are on a time crunch and need to move fast, when it comes to changing careers or industries, it’s all about patience. Strategically planning, will only lead to increased job satisfaction and benefit you long-term. There are also numerous circumstances you need to contemplate before making the plunge. Utilising the advice above should prepare you for the transition, making it a less stressful and smoother time.

If you require more help or are still undecided, join PushFar - the world's leading mentoring platform to find a mentor to help you get started.
PushFar: The World-Leading Mentoring Platform
At PushFar, we run the world's leading mentoring platform, offering free mentoring for more than 50,000 professionals, students and entrepreneurs. We also licence our mentoring software into hundreds of organisations, globally, to support internal mentoring programs. So, whether you're looking to become a mentor, find a mentor or run a mentoring program, PushFar are here to help.
 
Looking for a mentor or to become a mentor?
Join Free Looking for mentoring software to support your private or organisational mentoring programs?
Request a Demo

Explore more articles...

Similar mentoring, career progression and learning articles and resources by PushFar, you might like to read.