What’s worst than looking for a new job? Looking for a different job. Job seekers today are not just looking for a new place to work and do what they already do, but they want a new challenge, sometimes to change careers.
It is common to switch industries like digital marketer turned programmer, Bob Ziroll. His college studies led him to a marketing position in a top Utah firm. After some time, he decided that it was time to change. “I’ve always been one to love solving puzzles and do the things that coders do,” said Ziroll. When he learned about a good nine-week programming bootcamp, Ziroll took the plunge. “That’s when the stars aligned and it was perfect.” Ziroll knew that when switching careers, you need to know what you have to offer, what does he have that companies will find profitable.
Howard Bowen described marketable skills as the ability to be productive in a job, personal qualities that matter most on jobs that determine the ability of the individual to function in the economy. That’s great! You’ve held a job before and that makes you employable already. The skills you have accumulated over the years in your different jobs can serve as a bridge in your careers’ mobility. These include skills in communication, customer service, research, planning and management or leadership skills. Other skills can be found as you learn to communicate the skills you possess.
Breana Gonzales worked a safe job that allowed her to pay the bills. When she ran into an email about the possibilities a career in programming has to offer, she took advantage of the opportunity. “I already had a background in linguistics and learning programming languages seemed like the natural progression of my learning.” From her former job and education, Jones utilized those skill sets and transferred them as she ventured into programming and into her new job as a developer. Brainstorming gets all the skills you know that you have on paper and pinpoint which of them can augment your current situation. For Gonzales, her affinity towards languages paved the way for her understanding programming languages like Python.
LinkedIN is a great asset to anyone that is fielding a new career or looking to make connections. Through recommendations your peers can provide you with helpful observations about your capabilities that you may not have noticed.These experiences may come from a project you had done, or extra training that you received to do better in a certain program. Any activity that may have helped you develop a transferable skill can and will be useful to you in your future career.
Career tests are never anyones favorite, but they do provide a clearer and better understanding of what your functional skills are. While those Facebook tests may have told you that your next job should be an executive for a Fortune 500 company, complete career assessments are better aimed at telling you which skills will be good assets for you in the future. You can then separate the transferable experiences from the more specific work, or content experiences.
You can go your local library and look at career assessment books or the local employment office to that these tests for free. By knowing what you have to offer, you can create a skills package that can be tailored to a job or a career that you have your eye one.
You’re On Your Way
Changing careers can be a fun and exciting experience. Not only do you have the chance to get to know yourself and what you are capable of, but you have the opportunity to develop your strengths to a rewarding new career. Make sure that you continually update your skills as you get more experience in your work. Ask for feedback and develop good relationship and never tire of learning.