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Changing careers? Here’s what you need to know for that mid-career leap

How to change careers: Old wooden door, blue colour, in the box. Transition to a different climate.

Have you grown tired of the 9 to 5 grind? Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Maybe it’s time to pursue the career of your dreams!

Switching careers may have become a reality for most millennials, but facing a career change at 40, when you’re already established in your career, doesn’t seem so easy. If you find your current job dissatisfying, maybe you need a midlife career change to jump start excitement for your career again! Ready to take the leap? Let Adecco guide you on how to change careers with this helpful resource.

Avoid these mistakes when making a career change

Mistakes when making a career change: Silhouetted businessman walking up the stairs towards success

Switching careers is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. After all, change of any kind in your professional journey is challenging, especially when starting from zero. Don’t get caught making these three mistakes when changing careers.

1. Assuming being unhappy at work means you need to change careers

Don’t jump to the conclusion that your unhappiness is caused by your job title. There are many factors — including work hours, tasks, compensation and office relationships — that can leave you looking for a new career. Identify the root of your unhappiness to determine if you truly need to change careers or if quitting your current job for a position with a new organization would make you happy.

2. Switching careers without doing your homework

Take the time to thoroughly research your new desired career. Does the field require educational prerequisites? What is the salary range for entry level positions? Is the position in high demand? These are all questions you should be able to answer before committing to changing positions and/or fields.

3. Making your decision based on compensation

Don’t rely on compensation to make you happy in your new career. Ensure the compensation covers your daily expenses, things you love to do and allows you to save for your future, then find a position that truly engages and motivates you every day.

Make your move

So, you’ve decided to pull the trigger and find an opportunity that truly excites you, but you’re not sure where to start? We’ve got the best tips to make your career switch today!

Think about your interests and values

Ensure that your new career will satisfy you by examining and prioritizing your work values. Reflect on the types of tasks you enjoy, when and where you like to work, how you like to work and what drives you to perform to the best of your abilities.

Consider these new career ideas

How to change careers: man looking at office buildings

Making the decision to switch careers is only half the battle. After that, you have to find the career that will excite or inspire you while also supporting your professional goals and financial needs. Take a look at a few of the best jobs for career changers looking to make a move.

  • Recruiter – If you’re looking to help people, recruitment may be for you. Not only are you constantly meeting new candidates, you are creating lasting relationships with clients. Cherish that feeling of landing a dream job? You can make that happen for candidates every day!
  • Web Developer – Looking to pair your mathematical background with a flair of the creative? A career in web development may be your answer. Find your next career as part of an organization’s design team or freelance to make your own hours and dictate your wage. Gain a web developer’s skill set with online courses in coding and graphic design.
  • Market Research Analyst – Stay ahead of industry trends as a market research analyst. In a consumer driven world, it’s essential for companies to understand which products or services people want and at what cost. You’ll gather and analyze data, then watch as your research drives businesses to succeed.
  • Consultant – If you’re considered an expert in your field, become your own boss and transition into a career in consulting. Not only will you be helping businesses solve problems, you’ll have full control over your working hours and pay rates.
  • Salesperson – A career in sales is a simple way to pair flexible work with the things or services you love. Plus, you’ll earn income that’s a direct result of your performance, meaning the harder you work, the more money you stand to earn.

Close the skills gap

You’ve accumulated both soft and hard skills over your working years that will assist in your transition to a new career but there are bound to be some gaps. Make a list of your transferable skills and the skills that you will need to acquire for success in your new career. Close any skills gaps through online courses, which make it easier than ever to learn on your own time and fill holes in your resume.

Update your resume

Revise your resume to ensure your best foot is forward for your new career. Pick a resume format that highlights your skills, achievements and qualifications. And don’t forget to refresh your professional brand and update your online networking profiles such as LinkedIn!

Consult your professional network

Reaching out to your professional network can help facilitate your transition into your next career. With minimal (if any) experience, your network can vouch for your work ethic and professionalism and may be aware of opportunities or organizations to get your foot in the door.

Rely on Adecco’s professional recruitment network

If you’re looking to branch out into a new field or position, test the waters with temp positions from Adecco. Our recruitment professionals will help you spruce up that resume, our online courses will close your skills gap and you’ll learn firsthand the roles and responsibilities of your newly chosen career. Ready to get started? Contact your local Adecco branch to register for free today!

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