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Career Switch

Submitted by on Sunday, 18 April 2010No Comment
Career Switch

Did you know that the average number of career changes that people have in a lifetime is around 5-7? Don’t we go to school to specialize in something and we’re bound to it for life? For example if you’ve been in the medical profession, can you really move to accounting? Or if you’ve been in the engineering profession can you really move to medicine? How can you make this switch if we’re bound? The answer to this question is very easy yet the human mind makes it complex. If you ask an academic this question they will tell you that you need to study the new material, understand the profession, prepare for the exams and hope to start you new career. To a certain degree they are right but whew that was long!.

If you ask enthusiast with the positive attitude, its simple, use your existing skills to get started right away and learn as you go- also correct to some degree. Often people fear making career changes because “it’s like starting all over again”. While part of that might be true, understanding that you have existing skills that can help you get started right away is a critical point. For example lets look at a doctor who want to learn more or completely move into the field of accounting. Accounting is numbers based, medicine involves a lot of numbers as well (think of prescribing medication). So math is common among the two. Next you need to be able to document things as an accountant, which is no different than charting things in the medical profession – ah ha another skill. You need to understand GAAPs in accounting, ok now we’ve hit a road block..doctors don’t learn GAAPs. So here is where we turn to the academic perspective and learn the GAAPs. However, you learn as you go and that is the beauty of seasoned professionals with core transferable skills.

There is no doubt that it will take some brush up or new skills development to make a career move, but in the end if you’re happy with what you’re doing its all worth it. Another great avenue that people take is to enroll in a general MBA where you work on real life client problems and span multiple industries. In fact over 50% of the MBA applicants apply to understand alternative career opportunities. Now here is a golden piece of advise that I got from a mentor of mine. You can be an engineer, doctor, chef or mechanic. But if you don’t enjoy it, you will be unhappy for the next 40-50 years or at least until you retire. If you invest the next 3-4 years in training for a new career, it is compensated by enjoying the next 40-50 years of you life. Ask yourself, are you willing to make a small investment in your future for a long-term payback? If you’re answer is yes, then you need to take the initiative and understand how to achieve your future goals by starting today! Good luck.

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