When most people embark on a new career, they’re in their early twenties and fresh out of some type of higher education. If they’ve been to university, they’ll likely already have some experience in their field. Even if not, chances are they’ve spent years working towards this goal.
But what happens if you’re in your forties and decide you need a career change? Far from being fresh for the picking, you’ll be a dab hand in an entirely different field. And that can be a daunting and even damaging reality.
The sad fact is that embarking on a new career in later life isn’t easy. But that’s not to say it’s impossible. Far from it, in fact. Many people take the plunge and never look back.
If you’re looking over the cliff face right now, you’ve come to the right place. I spoke, not so long ago, about the things you shouldn’t do when changing careers. But, today, I’m going to look at what you SHOULD do to get your foot in the new job door.
Get training before you apply
If you’re opting for a complete turnaround, there’s a chance that your current job doesn’t do much to recommend you. Aside from showing your ability to fulfill a role, your experience could be useless. The sad fact is, the job market is saturated. Skilled roles often require some experience or training.
As you don’t have experience behind you here, it’s important to focus on the latter. There are training courses and even online classes for most things nowadays. By paying for these before you apply, you have a much better chance at selection. What’s more, such courses can give you a taste for the job. As such, they’re a good idea all around.