Finding yourself at a career crossroad is more common than one would think. You’ve gained 10+ years of experience in a particular profession and one day you wake up and realize that you’ve been doing what you “should” do and not what you “want” to do. While I am often asked to provide advice in this are, I usually defer as I feel this is not only a personal preference, but I think that there are many factors that can come into play in determining whether or not a change is feasible.If your career/job change is going mean a financial impact, how does this affect your family? Getting the support of your significant other is important in the effort to struggle through the tough times you’ve got ahead. Are you already working on developing the skill set you will need for the next position? Sign up for training and buy used books that will help you to develop the qualifications necessary to do the job.
When asked for advice in this area, I usually indicate that it is personal choice. I have always been a proponent of going after the dream, but one also has to consider the collateral consequences, along with their personal temperament.
When ready to make the shift, a resume has to be drafted accordingly. Remember, most of your background and experience will be in a different area than you’re targeting, so the standard resume just won’t do. Your resume will need to focus the reader on the new skill set and training.
Changing careers can make for an exciting (or scary) time. If you’ve got the guts, support of loved ones, and prepared accordingly, you should be fine.