Since you have taken an extended leave from the workforce, you may be thinking of changing careers. The reality is you have changed since you were last in a full-time position, and maybe your dreams have changed about your career choice.
But how will you change careers? Is it even possible to start over after an extended absence from the work force?
Yes! You can change careers at this point. It’s never too late, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t require hard work, determination, and probably some late nights.
What are you passionate about?
After having some real life work experience along with real-life experience, you probably know a little bit more about yourself. You’re aware of your natural gifting and skills. Not only that you know the work that you don’t like, and you’re not willing to keep putting in hours doing something you don’t love… that’s just not you.
How do you change career paths?
Now that you know what kind of jobs you are interested in, you can use these tips to help you change your career path.
THREE STEPS TO YOUR CAREER PIVOT
1 Analyze your current skills
Think about the skills you have acquired through your career and any volunteer experiences you have had with relatable experience. Many skills such as leadership, management, analytics, and communication are used in a variety of different jobs.
You may also want to take a free career quiz to give you an idea of the type of careers that are best for you. Another online quiz that could be beneficial to you is the 16 Personalities Quiz that uses Myers Briggs to help you find a job that fits your personality.
2 Professional Development
If you are looking to move into a different field or a related field to your previous job, then online professional development opportunities are at your finger tips. You don’t have to spend a bunch of money to earn a certificate, although in some cases that maybe a path you want to take.
You can find relatively inexpensive courses covering a variety of topics ranging from writing courses, online marketing, photography, social media, website design, and many more.
Here are some online companies that offer courses ranging from free to $100 or more for online courses:
If your new career path is related in any way to your current job, see if your employer will pay for you to pursue professional development.
3 Re-write your resume
Now that you have analyzed your skills that will benefit you in your new career direction and chosen a course or 2 to help you grow professionally; it’s time to re-write your resume. Your resume should be tailored to reflect the type of job you are seeking in a career change.
You will want to add all of your relevant work experience to the resume and highlight skills that you have that will transfer to the new career path you desire to pursue. You can also include professional development courses you have taken to show that you are a life-long learner and committed to improving your skills towards this career path.
Use these tips and your MomSource Advisor as resources to get started!
by Ashleigh Allman
What other tools and resources have helped you navigate your career pivot?