SWITCHING CAREERS, BUILD EXPERTISE
If you are not happy in your current line of work, why not switch your line of work / your career? Millions of people take the plunge for varied reasons, why not you? The switch to a new field may be just the thing to perk you up and bring back the long lost sheen in your life. The only issue is how to make a smooth transition to a preferred line of work, after years of being in a particular profession. In this blog, we shall look at this issue in detail.
Here are some ways of building your expertise in your line of work:
Study – Go back to academics and get the degree/diploma needed to re-skill yourself in tune with the demands of the profession and industry. This is the best way to gain the theoretical knowledge of the industry in question. You could study full time, part-time if still working or online courses.
Cajole experts to share – Get people in the chosen industry to share their knowledge, tips, and advice with you. Since they are already swimming in the ocean so to say, they would be the best people to share their vast knowledge base with you. Try and locate such people and spend time with them.
Be the keen intern – If you do manage to get a foothold in the new industry as an intern or a junior, make the most of the tenure. Be like a sponge! Observe the professionals in action. Ask the seniors if you can attend important meetings, join them in conferences and customer visits, follow them as they solve problems. Focused observation yields more learning as compared to discussions and so on.
Seek experiences – In your new workplace, ask for opportunities to try your hand in various roles and situations, even if for a limited period of time. This will give you first-hand experience of different facets of the new career, on your way to becoming the ace in the company.
Seek knowledge – Become smart and devise techniques to get the experts/seniors to share their knowledge with you. In this matter, two questions worth asking them are: “Why?” and “Can you give me an example?” It's foolproof and always comes to your help.
These are some ways you can settle into your new chosen line of field and make it a success, for yourself personally and your new employers.