Career Advice

4 Tips for Changing Careers After Age 30

Valued Careers July 26, 2019

Growing up, the expectation is set that you can be anything you want to be – but that you also must know what that is by the time you graduate high school. How many teenagers truly know what will make them happy in a lifelong career?

It may be intimidating to find yourself wanting to completely change careers after the age of thirty. Yet, it is possible to successfully change your career trajectory, no matter your age. Just read these tips.

1. Research job requirements

When looking into a new job field, you want to get an idea of what skills are required. Set up job alerts and peruse job postings to be better-informed of what those jobs truly entail. Then, make sure any direct and soft skills in those job descriptions are on your resume.

2. Keep Learning

Education doesn’t have to stop when you finish your schooling.

If you need to learn more in the field you are trying to switch into, read up on blogs, journals, or find some free or paid classes to take to get up-to-speed in that industry. You should never stop learning, and the internet makes it even easier to learn about practically anything.

3. Network

In-person networking events and even online channels such as LinkedIn are great for meeting peers and networking to talk to people who work in the jobs that you want to work in.

4. Practice, Practice, Practice

Apply for the jobs you want! Even if you think you may be slightly underqualified, applying makes you have to practice writing cover letters, editing your resume, and maybe even getting some interviews. Even if you don’t get the job immediately, you’ll get to know what to improve on so that you eventually can.

In Conclusion

Research, learn, network, and practice! It’ll take a bit of effort to get your foot in the door for a new industry, but if you are willing to put in the work, you will reap the benefits and get the job you truly want.