In the 1990s the job landscape was a very different place, and it was common for workers to take a job for life. Now however, things have changed considerably.
No longer is the career goal as simple as securing a long-term permanent and pensionable job. Younger generations are much more willing to explore new options, change the course of their career more than once and try new things – even if they don’t work out.
People’s priorities have shifted, and today’s career goals are as much about job satisfaction, learning new skills, enjoying a new challenge and great opportunities like flexible work and travel as it is about pay and pension.
But while pivoting careers is more commonplace, the decision to change careers can still be a difficult one, and once the decision is made, it can be even harder to make it a reality. So, what is the best way to pivot into a new career you ask? Here is our advice:
BOOST YOUR CV
While education isn’t everything, having some sort of certificate that is specific to your new career can help on your CV. If you have the time, it is worthwhile to take part in an online or part-time course in the field in which you are interested.
When starting out on a new career path with little to no relevant experience, much of your CV will be dedicated to your education. As you move up the career ladder, your CV should show more of the experience you have gained, with a brief summary of your education.
Online diplomas are less expensive than conventional college courses and can be done in your own time, allowing you to work or travel as you gain the relevant skills for your dream job.
If you are someone who is keen to pivot into a new career or industry sector, it can difficult to get a foot in the door. Experience is something that we see our clients looking for more and more as they search for the right candidate, and it can really help applicants stand out from the crowd.
There are plenty of amazing companies around Ireland that want to nurture talent and have amazing internship programmes that teach invaluable skills to those who take part in them. Never underestimate what this kind of experience can do both for your CV and your approach to work in the future, it’s also a great way to meet contacts in your new career sector and can help you create a network of support. If you choose your internship wisely, it can be the start of a great new career journey.
Networking with individuals in your desired new career sector is key if you want to get a foot in the door. Go to conferences, connect on LinkedIn or meet people for coffee – the more support you have when pivoting careers, the better. And you never know when that connection can come in handy.
People like helping others so don’t be afraid to extend an invite for coffee and ask for advice on how best to get into your chosen career. Those working in the industry will be best placed to guide you and they may even be aware of an opening or internship that you can apply for.
Volunteering during your free time can build up your CV and demonstrate experience in the sector you wish to enter.
Approaching potential employers with relevant experience will help make you a more attractive proposition to employers. You might have to work harder to juggle your current job and the career you want to pivot into, but this approach could pay off in the long run.
If a person has managed to build up a CV with skills and experience that strongly demonstrate a strong work ethic, determination and enthusiasm, it’s a great way to secure an interview. Even if the work is part-time.
SOFT SKILLS & CV
If you haven’t worked in a certain industry sector or career before, that’s okay so long as you can highlight skills on your CV that are relevant to your newly chosen career path.
Have you strong communication skills? Are you a team player? Employers value these things no matter what your work background is. If job pivoters can demonstrate a strong work ethic, determination and enthusiasm, it’s a great way to secure an interview, even if it’s not from working in a similar role or career.