3 Steps to Change Careers and Land That New Job


COVID-19 has caused major changes to the job landscape, and many Singaporeans find themselves unhappy in their work. It may be a good time to lean into your transferable skills and see where they can be applied elsewhere—be it a new role, a different company, or even a change in industries.

Changing industries can be daunting to even think about, but you do not have to make any big decisions just yet. Here are steps you can take to make the change. 

Step 1: Get a feel of where you want to go. 

Take the time to reflect and get to know yourself better. What do you see yourself doing in the long run? Exploring what you are passionate about will help you figure out where you want to go next. 

Finding your reason behind the work that you do will help narrow your choices down. Whether it is something lofty, such as to be a positive change in the world, or something more practical, such as earn more than your current salary, your reason will be a guide towards the right career change. 

Work that is right for you can bring you a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. If you feel like the new job you are considering will give you these, you might be in the right direction. The next step then is to consider the more practical and technical aspects of changing industries such as seeing which of your skills you can take with you. 

Step 2: Gather your transferable skills. 

Transferable skills are skills that are applied across a wide range of roles. These will be the skills you already possess and can apply to new work as you shift industries. Some of these include interpersonal skills, organizational skills, and analytical skills. 

Find your strengths and see how they can help you excel in a different work environment. If you have excellent people skills, for example, a role where you handle clients or customers would be fitting. If you work well under pressure, sales may be the field for you. 

Having competence in the skills necessary for your next dream role will give you a boost in the hiring process. Also, knowing you can do a job well can give you the confidence and motivation to push forward!

Step 3: Look for ways you can explore. 

Not ready to take big leaps? No need to worry. There are many ways you can explore and gradually introduce yourself to new industries. See if you are the right fit for the job before committing.

Gain more insight through online classes or introductory short courses. For a peek into the skills you will need to develop, sign up for workshops, or short-term training. If you know someone in the industry you are eyeing, ask if you can tail them for a day. Do you know where you want to go? Find companies that offer internships or volunteer positions to get a feel for your possible future role.  

Remember, it is okay to ask for help if you need it. If you are still feeling unsure, scheduling an appointment with a career or recruitment consultant is always an option. They have in-depth insights into the job landscape, the industries you are interested in, and the types of opportunities available to you. They can also give you advice on what to expect once you know where you are going next. 

It is never too late to go after your goals and discover work that matters to you! Begin your search for #JobsThatMatter on JobStreet. You can also start transitioning into a new career by updating your resume. And, if you are immediately available for employment, add #WorkNow to your profile to let employers know. For more expert career advice on changing careers and industries, visit the Career Resources Hub.

As a steadfast partner to employers and candidates, JobStreet has launched the campaign #TogetherAhead, with a specially set up COVID-19 Jobs and Resources Hub to offer guidance to both businesses and individuals through this crucial time.

#TogetherAhead, we rise above our challenges.

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