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Learning Center Experience
By Hannah Hamilton
Changing careers can be scary because it involves a lot of
risk. There’s no financial security or guarantee you’ll find a more fulfilling
position; the knowledge that you made the right choice to leave your old job
only comes later.
It can also be scary because there’s an abundance of
frightening myths floating around. We talked to experts to help dispel five of
these, so you can focus on finding your next job.
Ageism is the most prominent fear among workers 50 and older
looking to brave the job pool again. They fear they’ll be rejected for a
position because they’ll be pigeonholed as rigid, uncompromising and behind the
times. But that isn’t true, says Leto Papadopoulos, director of training and development at King &
matters is how relevant you are,” he explains. “Some people stay in the same
job for many years and do not gain new knowledge or keep up with new
technology. These are the major inhibitors that are sometimes linked to age,
though they are also found in younger generations.”
because you’re leaving a job doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. Your
degree, your knowledge and your experience reflect your work ethic and value as
an employee even if you’re planning to switch fields or industries.
of making a full-blown change, consider getting your feet wet first,” says
career coach Michelle Riklan. “Can you volunteer part-time doing something new?
Turn a hobby into a small business?” Starting small can lead to big
necessarily have to get another degree to get another career. You have an
arsenal of tools at your disposal in the form of skills such as clear
communication, tech savviness and time management.
deliver results with these skills because, chances are, you’ve done it before,
says workplace consultant Steve Langerud. “Employers are seeking skills that deliver
results. They are less likely to care about your past jobs or career than job
Rather than pursuing a whole degree, it can sometimes be helpful to
focus on individual classes or certificates to close specific skill gaps.
Being a good fit for a company doesn’t necessarily mean holding a
position in the company or industry for many years.
candidate comes from the same industry, the chance is high that his/her ideas
are limited to exactly that industry,” says InnoGames Lead Recruitment Manager
Christoph Hillermann. He explains that a new perspective could be just what a
recruiter is hoping for.
into another career, especially one vastly different from the last one, tends
to make people think they’ll be required start at the bottom of the totem pole.
But that may not be the case.
so sure that
is accurate because I believe that prior professional experiences can carry
over into new endeavors,” says career consultant Kimberly Patterson. Soft
skills such as leadership abilities and communication skills are valuable and
Break the myths and choose a new career today.
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