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Making a Mid-Career Change? (First step)

Published on 30 August 18
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Making a mid-career change can be difficult in terms of uncertainty that comes with quitting or losing a job and in convincing potential employers that you are the right person to work in a field in which you have little or no experience in.

It may not be easy for most but there are steps you can take to smooth the transition and improve your chances of getting that exciting new job. Changing your career path is completely achievable.

Firstly, you need to decide why and what direction you want to move in and identify some roles & companies you would like to work for.

Be clear why you are changing career

This is one of the questions you will get asked for sure by potential employers. You need to know the answer. Simply saying ‘because I disliked the environment or my manager or my old job’ isn’t going to help.

Spend some time thinking about your reasons for changing career, and specifically why you have chosen this particular new career path.

Instead of focusing on the negatives of your old job, focus on the positives of both new and old careers.

Come up with a good set of reasons for making the switch, and be prepared with a logical and clear answer that is convincing enough.

For example: ‘I learnt a lot working in a logistics company for 2 decades. I realised when my company sent me to formulate the partnerships with e-commerce players that I really loved how technology is enabling the customer success, so I decided to pursue career in the tech companies which require logistics industry knowledge.’

If you need help, you can consult a coach or your mentor. Having a coach/mentor is important for you to get a detailed assessment, look at all the options available, avoid any blind spots, get market insights or trends, get validation of your plans, formulate the goals and to be accountable for it.



Making a Mid-Career Change? (First step) - Image 1

Making a mid-career change can be difficult in terms of uncertainty that comes with quitting or losing a job and in convincing potential employers that you are the right person to work in a field in which you have little or no experience in.

It may not be easy for most but there are steps you can take to smooth the transition and improve your chances of getting that exciting new job. Changing your career path is completely achievable.

Firstly, you need to decide why and what direction you want to move in and identify some roles & companies you would like to work for.

Be clear why you are changing career

This is one of the questions you will get asked for sure by potential employers. You need to know the answer. Simply saying ‘because I disliked the environment or my manager or my old job’ isn’t going to help.

Spend some time thinking about your reasons for changing career, and specifically why you have chosen this particular new career path.

Instead of focusing on the negatives of your old job, focus on the positives of both new and old careers.

Come up with a good set of reasons for making the switch, and be prepared with a logical and clear answer that is convincing enough.

For example: ‘I learnt a lot working in a logistics company for 2 decades. I realised when my company sent me to formulate the partnerships with e-commerce players that I really loved how technology is enabling the customer success, so I decided to pursue career in the tech companies which require logistics industry knowledge.’

If you need help, you can consult a coach or your mentor. Having a coach/mentor is important for you to get a detailed assessment, look at all the options available, avoid any blind spots, get market insights or trends, get validation of your plans, formulate the goals and to be accountable for it.

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