Starting a second career

by frank-stuart
6AUG

If you’re thinking about starting a second career, there are lots of factors to take into account. We’ve compiled a list to get you sorted.

Consider your skills: When exploring options for a second career, think about the core strengths and skills that made you successful in your first career, and research for roles and opportunities where you think you could apply these skills. You should also follow your passion to search for something rewarding your second go-around.

Learn about the industry: If you’ve picked what you think you might want to pursue, learn about the industry. You should research industry news, keywords and roles online. Find out about entry-level roles, how to rise through the ranks and also about the organisations that would hire you. You could subscribe to blog feeds, Twitter feeds, online newsletters and follow Facebook pages.

Join professional group: Whether online or in real life, you can join various professional groups to learn more about your chosen field and start networking. Online you could join LinkedIn or Meetup.com groups. Offline, attend networking events or strike up a conversation with someone you know who works in the field.

Get qualified: If you are looking for a new role, getting a qualification in that field will definitely help you get your dream role. Whether re-skilling or up-skilling, a qualification will help you gain new knowledge, skills and contacts that will make transitioning into another career simpler.

Volunteer, intern or do some work experience: This will help you decide if it’s a career you want to pursue and also put you into contact with people who can help you land the perfect role.

Be enthusiastic: If you’re seeking a second career, be enthusiastic about it. Be proactive, diligent and passionate in your pursuit. Take time and effort to really research what you want to do and display that enthusiasm when you’re job seeking or enrolling in a course. It’s a sure-fire way to keep your motivation going and also get noticed by potential employers.

It might take time: Starting a second career isn’t always going to be easy. Whether you have to get a new qualification, network or search for a new position, the transition isn’t necessarily going to be a smooth one. That said, it will definitely be a rewarding one once you get started! Just be patient and prepared for a longer journey than you might expect.

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