How to make a Career Change

By Jackie Lopez

Looking for career advice when making a career change? There are a few things that you need to look at seriously before embarking on a career change.

You need to start with a self-assessment of what you would really enjoy doing. Something you would do even if you never got paid.

  • First, take an honest inventory or your skills, abilities, education, and experiences. You are going to need to be able to articulate those into transferable skills in your new career.
  • Second, determine what is going to be important to a hiring manager in your new career.
  • Third, when making a career change, you need to learn as much as you can about the new career, such as work-life balance, salary expectations, industry outlook for the position and what skills are required for a successful transition.

Career changes are not easy and changing your career at 40 is much more difficult. The decision should not be a rash decision. It can be a life changing event for you and your family. Take time to talk with people who are in that career and make sure you have done all your homework. Ask yourself these questions to help you decide if this change is right for you.

  • If your skills are not transferable, are you willing to spend money on education, certifications or licenses and then start at the bottom and work your way back up?
  • Are you prepared to take a step back in salary since you will be starting out as “Entry Level”?

If your answers are all yes, then go for it. Working in a career that you love turns into a passion for what you do.