There are many reasons to change careers in your thirties. The first is necessity. Family changes, divorce, economic reasons can all make it necessary for you to explore new career options. The second is opportunity. Many people in their thirties are sending their children off to school and are ready to reenter the work force. If you are in your thirties and pursuing a new career, you already know that the process is complex and scary. This is true if the choice to pursue a new career is own that you have freely made, or if life circumstance has forced you to make that decision. Here’s the good news. You can successfully launch a new career at this stage in your life. You just need to take the following steps.
6 Steps For Starting a New Career in Your Thirties
1. Getting to Know Yourself
Before you can start, you have to look inward. Why do you want or need a career change? Are there specific job related reasons? For example, are you frustrated with your current boss? Is your current workplace toxic and dominated by drama creators? In that case, you may be looking for job, and not a new career. However, if you are truly ready to pursue a new career, it’s time to determine exactly what you are looking for. There’s nothing like introspection to get that job done. Here are some things you can do to understand your career needs better:
- Create a list of hard and soft skills you have that would make you an asset in any position.
- Create a list of untapped and undeveloped skills and talents that you have.
- Ask yourself what your ideal job opportunity would be.
- Consider what would make you give up on a job opportunity, and what would make you pursue a job opportunity.
2. Going on the Search for a New Job
The purpose of the above exercise is for you to ultimately identify the careers you would like to pursue. Once that is done, you can begin your job search. The first step you probably want to take before hitting the pavement is to either create or update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your new interests and goals. You should also update your profile to include the skills and talents that you have identified in step one. If you have friends, relatives, and acquaintances with contacts or experience in the career fields that interest you, don’t be shy. Let them know that you are interested in a career change. You may not get a lead on your dream job, but you may get to drink coffee with an old friend and learn a lot about your target industry.
3. Put Your Doubts in Check
Inevitably, at some point in your search for a new position, you will begin to second guess your decisions to pursue a new job, and you will begin to doubt your own talents and abilities. Don’t let those feelings stop you from pursuing a new career. Instead, write down your doubts in order to get them out of your head. Then continue looking for that job of your dreams. You can do this.
4. Consider Some New Training
If you want to move quickly into a new career, going for a whole new degree may be out of the question for now. However, you may benefit from boosting your skill set with a bit of training. Consider taking a look at your local community college to see if they have a class or two that could benefit you. Remember to look at the continuing education offerings as well. You may not get college credit for these, but you will usually receive a certificate of completion.
5. Build a Great Resume
It’s time to create a resume that gets the attention that you want. You may feel tempted to simply add a few things to your old resume and call it a day. This isn’t a good idea. After all, wasn’t your old resume designed to get you into the career you are trying to leave? Instead, create a new resume with a focus on getting a job in your new field. Besides, your old resume probably contains some things that you should no longer put on your resume.
6. Don’t Forget to be a Great Interviewee
Rehearse and prepare yourself for interviews. Anticipate questions that you will be asked and determine ahead of time how you will answer them. For one thing, you are almost definitely going to be asked why you are changing careers. Finally, be sure to research the companies that could be hiring you. You want to be able to ask them some questions as well.