If you ever feel the need to change your career path, remember that it's never too late.
80% of workers in their 20's and 64% in their 30's want to change their fields. Better pay, better work-life balance, overall happiness and satisfaction, and fulfilling passions are often cited as reasons behind wanting to switch fields.
An important thing to remember is that it does not matter how many years you've already spent in a particular field. If you don't like it, switch. It's a sunk cost fallacy where we tend to stick to the same field because of our years in it. We are also scared of the unknown - of starting from scratch.
However, if you are ready for making that switch, here are 6 things that you should consider -
Assess your finances - Making a career switch may mean not having to earn the same amount of money that you used to, for quite some time. Your finances need to be able to support for you a few months covering all your essential expenses.
Brush up your skills - The career path you wish to change into may require a new set of skills. Opt for courses or coaching where experts in the field can help you out. Having the necessary skills will make you feel confident and will help you transition smoothly.
Start networking - It's not always what you know but whom you know. Such is the power of networking that it can help you connect and develop relationships with professionals that may help you in landing more job opportunities.
Undertake personal projects - Use the new skills that you've acquired for your own personal projects. Build a portfolio, start a blog, and showcase your personal projects on your resume, to interviewers as well as recruiters.
Take an internship - Internships are not just for college graduates. Don't be afraid of taking an internship if you have no relevant experience in the new field. You don't have to work for free, an internship is to help you get some valuable experience. It may also turn into a full-time role.
Start freelancing - You don't have to necessarily find a full-time job in your new career field. You may also be better off as a freelancer depending on the field. You may also be able to turn your freelancing stint into a full-time business down the line.
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