After you’ve finished your education and made a decision about your career path, it’s time to find a job. We find something for ourselves. Sometimes it is more in line with our expectations, sometimes less – nevertheless we try to perform our duties in the best and most diligent manner. Often, after some time, it turns out that the job is no longer satisfactory, and we begin to feel that it’s time for a change. We do not fully find ourselves in our profession, and we start to think about changing the profession and developing new skills.
There are different reasons why you decided to re-industry. Sometimes the activity that we decided to do was not something we were completely satisfied with from the very beginning. Sometimes it is only after some time that there is a lack of joy in the duties performed and a feeling of lack of fulfillment at work. And in other cases, we enjoy work, but there is a need to expand our competences and try something new in our professional life. Regardless of the rationale, the decision to change the industry is very important and results in a different path for our career.
What stands in the way of changing the industry?
Displacement is often assessed as difficult – that is why it happens that people who, for various reasons, consider changing their profession, give up trying to change their qualifications. The reasons vary – the most common concerns are the time-consuming and costly nature of this project. Some may also have no idea how to change the industry and worry that even after changing jobs, they will have problems finding a new job due to the lack of professional experience.
As a person who has retrained after graduation and is now supplementing his qualifications with a new passion – programming, I know that these concerns are not justified. You can effectively change the industry and show future employers that our competences can be as valuable as the experience of specialists working in the profession for some time.
Job satisfaction is extremely important. It protects us against professional burnout and gives us a sense of meaning in our duties. In a situation where the thought of retraining becomes intense and frequent, it is worth giving yourself a chance to grow in another industry and take steps to change our profession.
Why really people change the industry?
First, you should analyze the situation and the reasons why you want to change the industry.
The first reason why we may want to change our qualifications is education, which turned out to be inadequate to market needs. Many years pass from starting education to entering the labor market. During this time, the profiles of the positions filled and the required qualifications change. After graduating from school, you may find that your job search will be long and ineffective. Prolonged unemployment causes frustration, so in this case a change of business becomes a solution to change the situation. It is then worth considering whether there is any profession that coincides to some extent with ours? Or maybe we will be able to retrain to a related and I know better known path? If we have studied management, you can consider the development in the area of human resources management – and further on human resources and payroll, accounting and training. After administration – we can consider the economic, banking or accounting industry – there are many options for development and room for change, contrary to appearances!
Another compelling reason to retrain is no possibility of development in the current position and fatigue with the duties performed. It happens that after many years of work, we become aware of the lack of opportunities and prospects for a promotion, a raise or learning new things. Staying in one place for a long time can cause great dissatisfaction and growing indifference to the duties performed. It may also be the case that despite the promotion option the job gives us less and less satisfaction, and we feel bored with the tasks performed. At some point, the growing aversion to the profession becomes so acute that we will see changing the industry as a necessity. In such a situation, it is worth considering how our competences are shaped in the context of the profession we have performed so far. Are we very good at this job, but the lack of professional development opportunities or competences has put our enthusiasm down? Or maybe this stopping in one place made us realize that perhaps this is not exactly what we want to do? This will allow us to decide whether we should take care of the development of our competences, but in relation to another profession, or maybe think about development in other, more interesting areas for us.
It may also happen that we acquire new interests, a new passion that will absorb us so much that we want to implement it into our professional life. In such a situation, there is no need to fight with yourself – if something interested us, it is definitely worth following our dreams and introducing our passion to work – if we are satisfied with the current job, you do not have to give it up, you can connect everything together and draw on later, great pleasure and joy in the duties performed. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. If the passion is so strong that we want to turn it into a job, the only thing left to do is to answer the question – how to do it right?
How to design your job change process?
We thought about our professional situation, and we know that we want to change the branch – we know what direction we are interested in, we are ready to learn and determined to change. What can we do to get a new profession?
Taking up self-study is a good solution in a situation where we do not want to invest large financial resources in training, and we really care about changed. With this method of re-branching, a lot of self-denial and good time organization are necessary. For self-study, the most sensible option is to learn new things without quitting your job. In the new path we have taken, the notion of basics is possible after working hours. There is a fundamental difference between self-study and the decision to be taught by someone else. In case of problems, we will have to solve them ourselves, so some things can sometimes take longer. It is worth taking this into account when planning the time at which we would like to acquire new competences. On the web you can find a lot of free training, video tutorials, forums, recommended books that help you learn effectively. You should take care of systematic, frequent learning, preferably every day, to get used to the new subject as soon as possible.
Courses, studies, training
Taking lessons is a good solution when we have additional funds for learning, and the presence of another person – a trainer, instructor, teacher – effectively motivates us to further development. In the case of such solutions, we will not avoid our own learning, but in case of any problems, we can count on support of specialists in a given field. If we can afford to resign from work, we can undertake full-time education, which shortens the study time, but we can also easily decide on evening or weekend studies, which can be reconciled with work. In addition, we can obtain a formal confirmation of our competences – in the case of the most time-consuming studies, it will be an academic title, while after courses and training, you usually receive various types of certificates, which you can later include in your CV when looking for a new job. Some courses offer even more opportunities – programming schools that have signed contracts with certain companies are growing stronger and stronger. Thanks to this, you can be guaranteed employment immediately after completing the course. What’s more – the costs of paying several months of study can be fully amortized from the salary of this employer.
Acquiring knowledge in practice
We can go on an apprenticeship, internship – it is an option that allows you to learn a new profession in practice, directly in the environment in which we ultimately want to find ourselves. However, it may turn out that in such a case we will have to offer the employer a lot of hourly availability. This way of gaining knowledge may therefore require you to quit your job. One must therefore be prepared for such an option, bearing in mind the adopted lower remuneration rates for internship and apprenticeship positions. However, this method allows for quick and effective learning, during which someone introduces us step by step into the secrets of a new job. Thanks to this, by carrying out everyday tasks in a given position, we can gain new competences in practice.
For my part, I used the second and third options – after studying in a niche field, I did an internship in IT recruitment and this is how I changed the industry. Currently, being infected with a passion for programming, I develop my qualifications in this area during a programming course. However, I am not considering leaving my current profession. In the future, I want to develop my competences and combine both classes, because I feel that it will give me the most satisfaction. I got the internship thanks to my communication skills and willingness to develop, which is why it is so important to be aware of your strengths and use them skillfully when looking for a new job. Currently, I spend a lot of time on self-study, so in my opinion, each of the options presented is an interesting, demanding, but also satisfying way.
Knowledge gained – what next?
When looking for the first job in a new job, we must take into account what competences of employees may be expected by employees and emphasize these owned by us. It’s always a good idea to adapt your CV to the profile of the company to which you apply, and write a cover letter or email from yourself, not from a ready-made template available on the web. Then we can draw the attention of the potential employer and convince him to give us a chance. After using this option, if we manage to attract the company’s attention and get an internship or apprenticeship, we have the best chance of staying in a given company on an independent position and further development in the industry we have chosen. When looking for a new job, it is worth creating a network of industry contacts. A good way to reach contacts in a given field is to join groups on LinkedIn or GoldenLine. In such places, we can find both similar learners with whom you can exchange information, and experienced experts who will be happy to help and share knowledge. I heartily recommend this type of support – you can quickly learn many things from a new area.
Remember that the process of changing your career path takes some time, and the most important thing in it is a sense of the meaning of our decision and determination in pursuing a goal . If you have the opportunity to acquire new competences at the same time and not quit your job – it is worth considering. This way, you will minimize the stress of reclassification at a time when you are not financially stable. Of course, if we decide to quit our job and focus entirely on science, it also has its advantages – spending a few months of your working life to learn new competences proves your strong motivation to work in a given industry and confirms your willingness to develop further. The transformation carried out after a careful analysis of your motives and expectations will bring us an improvement in comfort in our professional life and will allow us to enjoy our daily work again.