If you’re contemplating a career change, you’ve probably been advised to look at ‘adjacent’ careers that require the same skill set (if you’re a journalist, you can become a nonprofit communications director; if you’re in sales, maybe you could move to marketing). That’s sound advice – but also very limiting.
If you really do think it would be fulfilling to move into a closely related field, that’s terrific, because you can make a strong case for yourself with hiring managers about why you already have the necessary skills to succeed.
But as I learned while writing my book Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future, many professionals needlessly limit their options. When you’re reinventing yourself, it’s likely you have far more transferable skills than you might imagine.