A big career change is a huge step in anyone’s working life, and it can be tough to pull off at the best of times. We’ve all seen the success stories plastered across the news and social media.
Victoria Beckham we mean you, and your successful jump from pop star to fashion designer. While it can be an inspiration, such stories can also be an irritating for how easy high-profile people can make it seem.
Here are six ways to make your transition to that brand new job go really smoothly.
The first stop on your new career journey should be to think why you want to change sectors. You need to be sure that your decision is what you really want and not just a passing fancy. It’s difficult, but it has to be done!
2. Believe in yourself
It might be a massive cliche, but if you don’t have the confidence that you’ll cope with that new dream job, or get your start-up business off the ground, then no one else will. Starting to believe that you can actually make a go of things, and setting realistic (but still ambitious) goals for yourself, are the first steps towards success.
This is something that can be done even before you make the jump to a new career. Think of it as testing the waters a bit. The more people you know in your chosen sector, the more contacts you’ll have and the easier it’ll be come quitting time.
4. Don’t pressure yourself
So many people make a mess of things by convincing themselves this is their one chance to make it big in a new field. That simply isn’t the case. Victoria Beckham worked in multiple industries before becoming one of Britain’s leading fashion designers. Admittedly she struck it lucky in all of them, but still, it’s proof you’re not confined to one job for life.
5. Take it slowly
Most people want to radically reinvent their career instantly, but it’s often more realistic to work towards your new life gradually. Studying a course in the evening, taking holiday to do an internship or learning new skills are all bit-part ways to take a slower approach. Of course, some changes – like opening a restaurant – will require you to just take the plunge.
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6. Hone your CV
If you’re about to suddenly jump between industries, it’s likely you’ve been in a job for a while. It can be tempting to include every job you’ve ever done on your CV, but that can mean it gets a bit dense for an employer to read. It’s vitally important that you produce a tailored CV with only relevant information included. Or it’ll go straight in the rejections pile.