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Making a mid-career change? (third step)

Published on 05 September 18

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Plan to manage gaps in your capabilities & skills

If you’re moving into an entirely new area, you are probably going to have gaps in your capabilities and skillset.

If you are making a huge drastic change into an area you have no experience in, you may have to do some significant planning and training.

If you’re making a less drastic change, then a short course or certification or some internship/freelance/volunteering in your chosen area may be all you need.

To start with you need to have a ‘plan’. You need to know the capabilities/skills needed for your desired role and the gaps currently you have. You need to look at areas where your current capabilities and skills overlap with those you will need in your new role. MyTechLogy insights list down the overlapped capabilities between the two IT roles and you can look at them as well. MyTechLogy also assists IT professionals in predicting the demand of IT skills which can be very useful for you to look at while you are managing the skillset gaps.

Knowing where your capabilities and skills cross over will be vital when it comes to applying and preparing for job interviews as well. For example, ability to manage ‘stake holders’ is common for Business Analyst and Project Manager role.

For new capabilities/skills, you need to find out the relevant courses and to have a plan to complete the desired courses. For example, if you are moving from networking to cyber security role, you have to learn skills required for cyber security role.

Taking positive steps to manage the gaps in your capabilities and skills will show potential employers that you are serious about the career change and enthusiastic about the desired role.

An IT career coach who is an IT expert in your desired area can also be of immense value. He/she can validate your plan of managing your gaps effectively, guide you based on the dynamics of a specific work location and can help you in preparation for desired new role.

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