In today’s fast-paced working environment it’s becoming increasingly common to change careers, both through necessity and the desire to seek something more rewarding.
That’s why we started SPICED Academy in the first place: we saw that there was an increasing need for lifelong learning whereby people could quickly get new skills to enable them to follow new career paths.
But even with the help of an educational institute like SPICED, however, career changes are never easy. The first step is perhaps the most difficult: accepting that your current path is not for you, and deciding to change it. After that, there are a few core skills that will help you make a success of your efforts to forge a new path in your professional life.
The ability to start from scratch
This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s obvious for a good reason:it’s very important.
From moving house to more transformative changes such as divorce, life offers many instances that require us to start anew and build up everything from scratch. Taking what you learned from some of these experiences can help you a great deal professionally as you seek to adapt to a new climate.
On top of that, regardless of your previous work experience, you will have most likely had some experience with building something from the ground up and, indeed, starting your career from the ground up.
So think about big projects you’ve worked on from the beginning and apply your same strategies to the new tasks you’ll have in your new career: assess what needs to be done, prioritize things, and most importantly use your determination and creativity to push ahead.
Grit and the willingness to get your hands dirty
No need to actually get your hands dirty in most professional fields these days, but figuratively speaking a new career path will definitely call for some old-fashioned determination.
Many of those changing career-paths find that they need to take on a little extra work, put in longer hours or simply be willing to do work that was once “beneath” them. That may mean taking calls, updating spreadsheets or any number of menial tasks, but if you excel at this and keep your vision clearly in focus, before you know it you’ll have your foot in the door and have made your mark on the company.
A passion for learning
If you don’t love learning new things making a career change will be something of a struggle. Your decision to shift gears professionally will most likely have been spurred by an interest in a different field (or at least the desire to change fields) and you will, therefore, be required to pick up some new skills.
Learning is one of the most valuable things in life, and you can view this as an opportunity to re-energize yourself. If you’re passionate about your new career path, you’ll no doubt find that it doesn’t feel like work much at all.