Transferrable Skills are the key to TRANSITION.
It is amazing how many people I talk to that want to make a career shift, but feel handcuffed because they are doing ‘X’ and would like to pursue ‘Y’.
I myself have been collateral damage and have had to deal directly (and survived) what I now refer to as ‘career disruption’. It can be an overwhelming experience to, either by choice or forced circumstances make a major shift in your career path.
Just remember, it is a path, a road, a journey and no matter what, you are driving. There is nothing wrong with making a decision to change the course and find an alternative route. Sometimes it’s a blessing. Do not get stuck on the ‘I don’t know’ part of the shift and redirect your GPS. Too often, we worry about making a pivot because of the training, the skills we have, the educational credentials that we worked so hard to gain that, at the time, we ask, how can we possibly redirect all of that into a new arena? In our heads we feel all of that back-story defines us and to a degree it does. However, with very rare exception ALL skills are transferrable.
That is the core foundation of a successful career change. All that you have accomplished is a force to be reckoned with. It’s meaningful. It’s the substance of who you are and what you can do.
You are going to create a new narrative about yourself. You make it a GREAT story. You let your voice be heard and you make potential hiring managers, talent acquisition experts and Human Resource Directors aware of all that you have done, can do and will do. That is your new baseline. The experience you have is the value of who you are and what you can do for someone. At the end of the day, it’s all about the added value you can bring to another organization.
When it comes to what you have achieved and your accomplishments, say it loud and be proud. If presented well, they will listen.