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Making a mid-career change? (second step)

Published on 01 September 18
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Identify goals you want to achieve

If you want to achieve something, you need to have an idea of what that is going to look like. Going into a new career without knowing where you’re trying to get to is unlikely to get you desired results.

Secondly, knowing what you want to achieve, makes your chances of success much higher. Some may call it, ‘law of attraction’. You shall be able to see the opportunities around you, which shall make you achieve what you want to achieve. People within your network may be able to support you in achieving your goals. All that is possible only when you know what tangible goals you want to achieve.

Potential employers often ask questions to find out your commitment or your interest or your decision making process towards a new role. For example, questions could be, Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now?, Why do you find this role an exciting one for you?, Why do you think you should be considered for this role? You need to be prepared to answer them.

Use internet in your advantage. Research the specialisation you want to work in thoroughly. Check out the IT career insights at MyTechLogy, high demand areas/skills and what capabilities are needed for the new IT role.

Check out the LinkedIn pages of a few companies you’d like to work for, and find a few employees in jobs you’d like to do. See what previous roles they have, and what led them to their current role.

This will help you work out what sort of career path options people generally follow in your desired specialisation. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rules, but this should be a good indication of what your new career path might look like.

Based on your research, identify a few tangible career goals, and check out the time required within MyTechLogy career insights. For example, if you want to move into project management, one of your goals might be to become a team lead within a project within two-three years.

If you need help, you can consult a coach or your mentor. Having a coach/mentor is important for you to look at all the options available, identify tangible goals, to get these goals validated and to find out what resources you can tap into.

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