Just as it's never too late to learn something new, it's also never too late to reinvent your career. Regardless of the industry you're currently in or your age, it's always possible to pivot and reinvent your professional profile. This can allow you to reboot your career, find greater fulfillment in an industry that better suits your interests and passions, and find a job that allows you to grow in a new way.
In short, career reinvention is about resetting your career. Most often, this means moving into a new industry and finding a new career path.
People may pursue career reinvention for a number of reasons. Some common motivations are:
Articulating one's reason for pursuing a career reinvention is one of the most important steps towards a successful career reboot. Knowing why you're seeking to reinvent your career is an important first step towards a successful reinvention.
As already alluded to above, being able to articulate the impetus for your career reinvention is essential to achieving it. Being able to tell a clear, coherent and compelling story about your decision to pursue a new career will be essential as you look for a new job in the area you're looking to move into, network with people in the industry, sort through opportunities to find the best ones for you, and more.
Before you dive into the tactical aspects of your career pivot, take the time to ask yourself why you want to pursue this change. Are you pursuing a lifelong interest that isn't being fulfilled by your current job? Are you looking to bring your experiences to date to a new industry and thereby do good in a new place? Or are you driven by something else entirely? Knowing the answer to this question can help guide not only your exploration of options for your pivot, but also help you better answer interviewers' questions about the motivation behind your career transition.
Even though you're looking to reinvent your career by pivoting, you aren't starting from scratch. You already have a wealth of experience, skills and competencies built up from your career thus far. Knowing your skillset and being able to demonstrate its value in a new industry will be essential as you seek opportunities to pivot your career. With this in mind, taking time to inventory your skills and experiences is an important part of successfully reinventing your career.
Simply knowing the industry you want to be in isn't enough to reinvent your career. You also need to have a reasonably clear sense of the right types of opportunities to pursue in your industry (or potentially industries) of interest. Take some time early on in your career reboot to explore the industry you're interested in breaking into. In particular, take note of:
Once you've mapped out your skills and experiences and identified the right opportunities for yourself, take some time to strategize upon the best way to present yourself as a strong candidate for the opportunities you'd like to apply for.
A few variables you may want to consider are:
Updating both your resume and professional online presence (particularly your LinkedIn profile) to reflect your new focus will help you be more successful in your career pivot. Highlighting the experiences, skills, and competencies you've identified as key to the industry you're looking to pivot into can help you be more successful as an applicant for jobs in that field.
While it may sound trite to say so, mindset is important when you're looking to make a career pivot. Believing that you can achieve a successful career reboot is a major step toward achieving this goal. Remind yourself that you are capable, worthy, and deserving of the new career that you're seeking. This mindset can go a long way toward building up the confidence in yourself that you need to successfully manage a career transition.
It is truly never too late to change your career. This is especially true today, as people are continuing to work into their sixties, seventies and sometimes even beyond. More importantly, however, someone contemplating a potential career pivot should think about it this way: is it ever too late in life to pursue the things that make you happy? As long as you believe that it's never too late to pursue joy and satisfaction in life, it's also never too late to pursue a career pivot that will make you happier and more fulfilled at work.
This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of Fairygodboss.
Lorelei Yang is a New York-based consultant and freelance writer/researcher. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.