“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
Steve is right, we do spend a large amount of our lives at work and so being happy is pretty important when it comes to our wellbeing. The two work hand in hand – If we enjoy our jobs we’re more likely to excel, job satisfaction is often a key factor of happiness. But as with everything in life, to do something well, it can take time and changing careers is no different.
Conventional career rules
If we take one useful piece of information away from, it’s that we shouldn’t let convention dictate whether or not we want go down a different route. Indeed, in relation to employment, millennials are expecting to stay in jobs less than three years and most undoubtedly will change careers as their idea of a dream job alters. Therefore if on a day-to-day basis you’re uninspired and stuck in a Groundhog Day reality, it might be time for a change. But remember, think of your career change as an expedition, not a day trip.
Before we can make the career change, there’s quite a few hurdles we need to overcome, our mindset being one of them. Changing course isn’t easy and one challenge we typically face is inertia – we want to change, but don’t want to risk the current job security we have. Consequently, we need to mentally prepare by being realistic as well optimistic, particularly if we’re switching sectors. One way in which we can soften the blow is by networking in our desired industry in order to grasp the know how of what employers are looking for.
Make the career change
While it may be a daunting prospect, during the career change process, don’t be afraid to talk about why. It’s important to demonstrate on your application or in your interview why you’re equipped to make this job transition and what the company / industry stands to gain. By focusing on what you can offer rather than what you lack will resonate more with the employer. However, transferrable skills are of huge value and opens up new opportunities to take a career in a new direction, add new skills and widen the choice of industries, locations and roles. In some cases, it may even provide a route to career progression, leveraging transferable skills that are in high demand. It may take two or ten interviews, but whatever the amount, if you’re passionate enough, you’ll get there in the end.
All in all, positivity and drive are key – it can be done. But if you need some help along the way of your career change and fancy a career in the engineering industry talk to us about CV and interview tips, email firstname.lastname@example.org to steer your career in the right direction.