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This is a continuation from our how to change your careers: last blog
Career change should not be a day-trip for you, but, an expedition.
How to Change Your Careers
Imagine yourself climbing the base camp of Mount Everest, in this case, there is a possibility of you doing it yourself, however it is extremely probable that you would wish to go with a support team, peers and a guide. This will make the journey faster, safer, and a lot of fun.
- Act on it, do not figure it out
Below are several things which I did.
I registered myself in a part-time course, which I loved, however I quickly realized that it was not for me.
One of my friend worked in PR, and I trailed along this friend for half a day. One of my friend worked as an investment banker, I shadowed him as well, but soon realized that although I found both the jobs fascinating, and neither of them appealed me.
However, notice what I was doing.
In the end, I found myself in the offices of a start-up, and, it was then and there that I knew that I had got something which was absolutely for me.
Had I just gone through a job ad or the website of the organization, I might not have got connected with them, like I have. However, the connection got real, as I met the team, saw the environment and experienced the place’s energy.
In short, action leads to clarity.
- Look for people, not for jobs
It is true that Google, résumés / CVs, recruitment consultants and Job sites have some uses in your career change, however, they are not the place from where you should start.
Instead of this, focus on making a connection with people.
A résumé or CV just cannot present the whole you, however, the power of being in front of people is something that can be seen.
As I am an introvert, I don’t vivaciously work in a room at a networking event. However, having phone calls or meeting people one-on-one, is something that I can do.
And, this is what I did, and I did exactly this with individuals in whose jobs roles I had some interest.
It was not easy, it took time. As I explained above, there were times when I didn’t know where to start with, however, in the end it led me to a role that previously I had no idea about.
Also, with this method, I escaped the cruel filtering which takes place with job applications.
I was not 'qualified' to work in the social start-up that I liked. However, I had a lot of passion as well as a readiness to learn, which nobody could see on my on my résumé or CV.
In this company, I didn't landed the job by a formal application. However, I got the job, as I built relations with people who were in the organization. In the starting, I did certain pro-bono work, which resulted in consultancy work, and after this, I got an interview for a full-time job.
Also, just so that you know, the interview for that role was the worst interview of my whole life. I so badly wanted that job that my brain just stopped, I somehow answered the questions, and was sure that I had blown it. Terrible. And that would exactly had been the case, had that been my first contact with the team. However, as it was not, and owing to the relationships’ strengths that I had built, I got the job.
Keep in mind - people first, jobs second.
It is not easy to make a big career change, had it been, everyone would be changing their careers.