Sometimes we come to the end of a long path and realize we’ve not arrived where we want to be. The grass isn’t greener, or the money isn’t all you want. It doesn’t matter much where you’ve come from. What matters now is where you want to go. You know that it’s time for something different, so here’s how to assess what you’ve got that can get you where you want to go now.
Do employers frown on career movers? Not necessarily. Most employers are keen to find new staff that have usable experience, regardless of where it came from. Of course, it is likely that they will ask why you’re interested in such a different role to the one you had before. Have confidence in your story. Just be honest. Any discrepancies or uncertainties may go against you.
So what can you bring to this new role? There are some careers that are easy to fall into with a little retraining or training on the job. You can find many teaching jobs advertised that offer you the chance to gain your full qualification as you work. Careers in education are particularly good for career changers. Teachers come from many backgrounds. Places like the military, business leadership, professional services, and retail offer many skills. The skills and experience they bring are often unique but enormously beneficial.
People skills, in particular, are one of the most important areas that employers look at. They need to know you have a likable and approachable manner. If you have a history of inspiring, mentoring, and leading teams of people, chances are any employer would be keen to snap you up. Organizational skills are also valuable. Have you developed new systems or working practices? Have you ever trained anyone to perform a task or duty? Have you been responsible for managing budgets and spending?
Qualifications are, of course, still very important. There is nothing stopping you from undertaking online training or degrees relevant to the new career area you’re interested in. Some degrees are easily transferable. Other jobs might demand a more specialist qualification. One way to overcome this is to start in a junior role that can offer you the training and experience you need to move your career up to the top again.
If you’ve spent the last decade or so building a business you may feel like a lengthy break is in order! Rather than retiring completely, why not consider volunteering your time to worthy causes? You could offer your services helping charities you are interested in. Perhaps you could offer your time helping children, animals or the elderly? Your experiences so far are hugely valuable for other people. Why not write a book, start a talking tour, or simply offer your services as a mentor or coach?
You don’t have to worry too much if you’re ready to make a move. In fact, you may be bubbling over with excitement about this new chapter and challenge in your life. Whether you’re in it for the money, the personal development, or the chance to do something good, make sure you enjoy what comes next.