Guest post by James Adams
Your present position is a stepping stone to your new career. Moving to a new career is going to require new skills and qualifications. The corporate job that you have right now has taught you many skills which you can use for your next position.
Some skills are universal. They can be parlayed effectively into any profession. Here are some skills and ideas which will help you gain that new career.
1. Computer Literacy
Computers are ubiquitous. The computer skills that you learn at your current job will translate very well to your new career. It is especially beneficial to know the MS Office package, email interfaces and general troubleshooting skills. Typing skills are also helpful.
Do you have a knack for encouraging and inspiring people? Can you motivate others to excel at their duties? You might be a manager in your current position. Even if you are not a manager in your new career, those leadership skills will be useful.
3. Relationship Building
Regardless of the position, you need to relate well with your coworkers and management. If you are planning a freelance career, you need to build relationships with your customers. If you are charismatic, relationship building probably comes easily. If you are not, it is a skill which needs to be learned. Interacting with others is a facet of every profession.
Are you able to learn information solely through listening? Have you had situations in your current position where you were forced to be especially attentive? These experiences will help you within your new career. Are you familiar with the speaking styles of certain cultures? Listening to others will help you excel in your new position.
Do you have motivation which goes beyond the paycheck? Do you want to do the job properly? Your level of commitment to a job will help you when you are in a new situation. If you are not completely committed to a job, you can pretend that you are. In other words, ‘fake it til you make it.’
How to Make the Transition
Here are some techniques that can be used to get the first job in your new career.
Potential employers love volunteers because they are unpaid labor. If you are truly committed to an industry, volunteer your services. If you want to learn how to cook a style of food, volunteer to work in a restaurant. If you want to be an architect, become an intern. This will give you an idea of what to expect when you make the switch.
2. Choose Your Heroes
Look at the stars who are in your new career. Pick someone to emulate and learn everything about them. Study their rise to the top of their field and look at your own life for those types of opportunities. If you have a local hero, ask them for a volunteer position. If you excel at your position, you might receive a reference when the volunteer work is completed.
3. Brainstorm for Ideas
There are many types of writers. There are many types of engineers. Do you know the specific type of career that you want? Brainstorm about positions within the field to discover your desired position. Your sole intention of brainstorming is to learn the vocabulary from your new career.
4. Take a Look Around
Why do you want to leave your current profession? Are there similar positions within your current field which will give you the same fulfillment? If you travel to a different facet of your current profession, you are creating a stepping stone to your new career.
5. Study and Research
New companies perform competitive research within their field before they set up shop. You should do the same. You should research your new career with the critical eye of a private investigator. The transition will be easier with more information.
You have the motivation, the skills and the commitment to soar in your new career. You can learn the vocabulary. You can get your dream job!