By the time you get into your Thirties, you have close to a decade of experience working. With evolving technology you want to take stock and assess if your career can pan out well for the next two or more decades. Chances are that you have been in one industry for a while and are possibly feeling a career growth stagnation though you may have changed a few jobs. You would have developed an interest in different fields than what you started out as. This is a typical millennial trait. At this stage you are open to new opportunities in different fields and streams but do not know how to make the transition. The thought of exploring the unfamiliar can be both daunting and exciting but if you tackle the following myths the journey will certainly be exciting:
1. I will have to start at the first rung in a different industry: Focus on the value you bring – your leadership experience and soft skills are industry agnostic. These experiences can transit you in a lateral role in a new industry as long as you pitch your skill contributions appropriately.
2. I have no experience in this field/industry: Hiring managers are now looking to recruit candidates with a versatile skill set. Map your strengths and abilities and map them with the dream job requirements and aim to bridge that gap through courses or trainings. Network with relevant people and forums.
3. I have to go back to college to re-skill: In today’s world the colleges come to you online – and with certification! You can study whilst commuting, after office-hours etc. There are even hybrid programs that allow you a mix of distance learning and some class-room modules. Work out what best works for you.
If you are looking to switch to a different industry but don’t know which one to head out for, it is best to take a career aptitude or assessment test and derive your interests and aptitudes. It will also help you be self-aware and show you clearly which field you can achieve success. A good career counselor should be able to chart out a career path for you based on your strengths, passions, and interests.
Remember, You have the power to define and pursue your goals. You have one life – focus on your passion and a well-planned career path to make it successful!