A new year can bring many opportunities to start over or try something new. Beginning a new path can feel intimidating, especially in 2021. However, this year is as great a year as any. Making a job change can pivot your career into a field more desirable with better pay. Our hiring experts created a list of tips that can help your career change in 2021 be as smooth as possible.

Assess Your Situation

When planning how to make a career change in 2021, start with the why. What pushed you to start thinking about other fields? It’s important to first assess where you’re at in your career to determine where you want to head. Evaluate your current job satisfaction by determining what parts of your role or company you like and dislike.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you happy with the content of your work?
  • Are you happy with the company culture?
  • Are you interested in the industry?
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Look ahead for growth in your career. If you don’t see the opportunities for growth and change that you prefer, it would be worth your time to look into other paths rather than getting stuck at a dead-end further down the line.

Determine your Skillset and Interests

After you figure out the why when making a job change, it’s time to determine the what.

Examine the skillset that you developed over the years. In addition, examine it for where it lapses. If you find any skills you have yet to master that yield as useful or impressive, take the time to learn them. Review your past projects to help you determine what interested you most.

A career change in 2021 feels daunting mostly because you spent years acquiring a particular skillset. A new field typically requires a new or altogether different skillset.

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After finding one or a couple of new careers that interest you, find any common skills your old and new roles may share. Your new role will need some type of experience that can benefit them as a company. Furthermore, find commonalities around the roles’ skillsets and use them as a bridge for a new career.

Connect and Ask for Help

Conversations are key with a midlife career change. Talk to people in your desired industry and role.

A midlife career change can be intimidating, so ask people for guidance. Never feel scared to ask for an introduction. Making connections with those in your desired field can spark inspiration, creativity, and lend you important insight on exactly what you need.

Whether it’s a specific degree, certification, skill set, or a portfolio of work, connections in your desired industry will help you get on the right track.

Don’t Wait – Start Today!

As we said, there is no better time than the present. Change is scary and the fear of the unknown may hinder you from making that push. However, you will never know unless you try. Establish a game plan for your future, then start. Take it day by day and you will continually be one step closer to reaching your goal.

With the right planning, and maybe with a little help from IT Resources, you are sure to excel.