So, you’re fed up with your current job and you’ve decided you want to make a career transition. You’ve taken some time to consider what you really want and don’t want in a career. You’ve explored different career options, put time into career research, and conducted information interviews with people who are working in the roles you want. You’ve made the decision about the career you want to pivot to – congratulations!! Deciding on a career path is a big step!
Now you’re ready to start your transition. How do you make a career transition, especially when the career you want to pursue is completely different from your current role? Here are 2 of 4 recommendations for a successful career transition:
1) Consider your transferable skills
Transferable skills are abilities or strengths that can be used across different careers. Examples of transferable skills include interpersonal skills, customer service, critical thinking, verbal and written communication, and creativity. Take time to consider how your skills will align with your future career choice. If you’re having trouble identifying your transferable skills, try looking at job postings of the career you want to transition into. Make a list of the required skills and the responsibilities of the role. For each required skill write examples of how you’ve used that skill or had a similar responsibility. Being clear and confident you’ve got the transferable skills required for the career you want is a great first step!
2) Prepare your story
During networking and interviews, it’s important to talk about the transition you want to make. Telling the story of how you came to this point in your career and what you’re looking for provides clarity for your listener; it helps them understand your motivations and why. It also demonstrates insight and helps build genuine connection with the person you’re speaking with. When someone clearly understands what your goals are and feels connected to you, they’re more willing and able to help.
Next week, I’ll share my last two tips – updating your personal branding materials and leveraging your network. Stay tuned and good luck with your career transition! If you’d like more information about any of these tips or feel like you need support with your career transition, reach out to our team at Canada Career Counselling.
By Meghan Reid