Starting afresh – targeting another industry

If you’ve been in the same role for an extensive period of time, you may begin to feel like you are stuck in a rut. I’ve been through it; you start a role and before you know it, 20 years have passed and you wonder how on earth that happened?!

Sometimes, it’s good to start afresh and look for something new. This provides us with positivity and gets our brains back into gear. But what if you don’t know what you are looking for?

First of all, decide if you want a different role OR a different industry. For example, if you are a sales assistant working in a retail environment, you might want to focus your career on the technology side of sales. If you focus on the same industry, the more relevant and higher the options are.

If you want to search for a different role in a different industry, you are competing with people with qualified work experience. For example, if you were a retail assistant and you wanted to apply for an office job, without any experience, this is a big change. This would mean resetting your career and going back to the start. Pursuing this type of job is very hard because you’re among the least qualified of applicants, most of whom likely bring at least some relevant experience to the table.

This may sound bleak, but it you are really determined to change career paths, it can be done. It may take a little more determination and you will have to start back at the beginning, but if you are passionate about what you want to do, then this will see you through. You could perhaps study part-time whilst still in your current position, for example, learning office skills at a night class.

Remember, we all have transferrable skills. Think about what yours are and how they can be slotted into your next career move. It’s also useful to speak to people in a role that you are interested in. I’ll give you another example.

Although I run my own business, I am also interested in developing my teaching skills so that I can teach workshops in schools. So I undertook volunteer tutor training and I am now volunteering with a tutor organisation, going to a primary school for one hour per week. This has enabled me to build up my necessary skillset in this area, as has led me to have been taken on by one secondary school. I achieved this by talking to people in this field and taking their advice. I then contacted local schools and explained my skillset. This did take some time, it didn’t happen overnight, but I believe if you knock on enough doors, one is bound to open, provided you have done your homework in the first place.

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