Career Step Up’s blueprint to a career change is being written, before it’s release here’s a snippet….
The blueprint will be the lessons I learnt and steps I went through when I changed my career in 2013. This was the second time in my life I had a career change and it was much harder than the first time.
The blueprint will explain why, despite the support I had, it was harder the second time. As a tester, I wanted to show you a snippet of seven of the lessons which I think are some of the most important.
1. Get Support.
The decision to make a career change brings exciting but uncertain and challenging times ahead, the support of family or friends is essential.
2. Develop Your USP.
Sell the benefits of what’s unique about your experience, your Unique Selling Point. With experience and age comes maturity and an ability to recognize what you do well. This is your USP.
3. Do Your Research.
Use LinkedIn’s advanced search feature. In “speech marks” type the role you want and look at the people that show in the results. Look at their experience and qualifications, perhaps reach out to them directly.
Their route to the role you want may not match the traditional path. The reality is your new industry could be an eclectic mix of ages and qualifications, this could be exactly what you want.
4. Know Who You’ll Report To.
If you’ve got an interview, beware that the interviewer may not be the person who you work for directly, try and meet them as part of the interview process. Knowing the personality of the line manager and team you’ll be with is what can make the career change a success.
5. Prepare for Knock Backs.
After a knock back, feeling frustration and some anxiety is normal. This career change will push you from your comfort zone. Let it push and welcome these feelings, the change can be transformative. You’ll be a stronger person for it.
6. Remember The Big Picture.
The right employer will look past your age and the fact you might have a few gray hairs. They will see the qualities you bring through the soft skills you’ve already sold to them in your USP.
7. It is Process.
Above everything, remember it is a process. While it be might be intimidating, this is not the most challenging thing you’ve done. The self-doubt and the uncertainty are all parts of a process which you can work through.