Changing careers is always a difficult transition especially when you have no relevant experience in the new field. But there are many ways to get it.
It can be frustrating when you know exactly what you want to do, but don’t have the appropriate level of work experience. While you have everything else employers want including the right skills, passion, purpose, and determination; you lack what employers want most of all, job-related experience.
But, this isn't the end of the world. If you really want to change careers and don't have enough experience here are some options.
1. Complete an Internship
Even though you may not consider yourself a recent graduate any more, some companies might be able to offer you a part-time internship to get the experience you need and then hopefully get a full-time role. Apart from internships, though, there are also apprenticeships – which are ideal for people starting out in a new career and of course residency programs. Availability of these programs depends on the industry and location, so it’s best to conduct a research first before you make up your mind.
2. Start a Blog
If you are a good writer, there is always the choice of starting your own blog. If it’s writing you want to get into, blogging is usually the best way to show off your skills to employers because this is how they get to see how you write.
But, even if you don't want to be a writer, blogging about your interests or the industry you are interested in can show your commitment to the field which sometimes is far more valuable than work experience.
3. Take on Side Gigs
Whether it’s consulting, freelancing or part-time work, side gigs can help you get the experience you need to in a new field. Instead of rushing into a new job and ending up not knowing what to do, you can experiment with the new role by taking smaller jobs. These can help you get more familiar with how things work and get more work experience.
4. Try it Out
Whether you are sick of your current job and want to try something different or you just want a new challenge, there are many things you can do without starting from the bottom. But, this doesn’t mean that you can also make it to the top in one single go.
If the industry you are targeting is not at all relevant to the one you are currently in, you may find it difficult to get into. As such you may want to start in a lower position and then make your way to the top. Even without having experience in the field, your transferable skills will help you excel in any position as long as you have the drive to succeed.
Starting a new career can be intimidating, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Making sure that you equip yourself with the right skills and experience will help to make your transition to a new field much easier!
Have you ever tried any of these options? Which one helped you out? Let me know in the comments section below…