By Megan Pritchett, Career Advisor
If you’re considering a new career path, here are five important things to do along the way.
Do Your Research. The
importance of doing your research in a career switch can’t be emphasized
enough. Research your new industry extensively, from industry trends to the
lingo commonly used to the thought leaders, associations, and conferences for
your new field.
Reverse Engineer Job
Descriptions. Read as many job descriptions as you can and look at the common
themes. You may be surprised! Look for gaps in your own experience or skillset
and figure out creative ways to address them.
Application. While it may make sense to you why you’re switching careers (more
opportunities, better pay, etc.) it may not always make sense to hiring
managers in your target industry. To them, choosing to interview you might be a
risky move. Maximize your chances of an interview by tailoring every job
application using keywords from the job description. Your career narrative
should be presented in a way that makes sense to someone who has never met you
before. Quality over quantity!
Friends. The only way to get an accurate picture of what a job looks like
from the inside is from someone who has been in that specific role. The way to
do this is through an informational interview, which is an intentional and
professional conversation with someone to learn more about a job, career, or
Be Patient. It often
takes time to switch careers, so it’s important to be realistic and patient
with yourself in the transition.
Megan Pritchett is a career advisor
at the University of Denver through the Career and
Professional Development Office. Students can
make an appointment to meet one-on-one with Megan by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or