Currently, I am working as a Workforce Analyst in a BPO located in Quezon City. Prior to entering this industry, I spent almost 13 years working in printing and publishing, including two years abroad in the same field.
Despite my years of experience, there came a time when I no longer found satisfaction in my job, and I began contemplating a career change. I believe that this is a common feeling that most individuals experience, and sometimes we need to take a leap of faith and start anew.
After completing my two-year contract overseas, I finally decided to switch to a white-collar job from my previous blue-collar role. However, I know that switching careers can be daunting, especially if you are unsure where or how to begin. Here are a few tips to help you navigate this process:
Self-Assessment: The first step to switching careers is to evaluate your skills, interests, values, and passions. What did you enjoy about your previous career? What would you like to change in your new career? Reflecting on these questions can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the things you’re passionate about.
Research: Once you’ve identified the career you’re interested in pursuing, research the job market, required qualifications, salary range, and growth opportunities. There are many resources available online, including industry associations, job boards, and LinkedIn. Additionally, informational interviews can help you learn more about the field from people who work in it.
Education and Training: Depending on the career you’re pursuing, you may need additional education, training, or certification. Look for programs or courses that can help you gain the necessary skills and qualifications. Online courses, boot camps, and vocational schools can all be excellent options for career changers.
Networking: Networking is crucial when changing careers. Attend industry events, join professional organizations, and connect with people in your desired field on LinkedIn. You can also reach out to people you know who work in your desired field and ask for advice and guidance.
Volunteering and Internships: Consider volunteering or taking on an internship to gain hands-on experience in your new field. This can help you build your resume and network while exploring different career options.
Financial Planning: Switching careers can have financial implications, including the cost of education or training, potential income changes, and any other financial obligations. Be sure to consider the financial impact of your decision and plan accordingly.
Be Patient: Switching careers takes time and patience. It may take several months or even years to successfully transition to your new career. Be prepared to face challenges and setbacks along the way.
Switching careers can be a challenging process, but with the right mindset, preparation, and resources, it can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career change. Take the time to assess your skills and interests, research your new career, network with people in the industry, and be patient as you work towards your goal.