Change is inevitable. More specifically, career changes are inevitable. Especially in today’s job market, where the median tenure for the average employee is continuing to decrease. Our lifestyle goals and career aspirations are constantly in flux, but changes are scary. It’s easy to stay in a comfortable, unsatisfying position. The harder and braver thing to do is to take a leap of faith and pursue a career that actually excites you.
At General Assembly, it’s our mission to prepare you for this monumental change through skills training, a growing alumni network of over 25,000 alumni, and outcomes support for our full-time students. Take it from these five career-changing alumni: if you have that nagging feeling in your gut that you’re ready for a change at work, it’s time to reinvent yourself. We’re here to help.
Lauren McGoodwin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Career Contessa
Feeling unmotivated by your 9-to-5? Do you live for the weekends and in perpetual fear of Monday morning? Constantly wondering if you’d be better off doing something else? If you answered yes to (let’s face it) all of these questions, I’m officially diagnosing you with a case of the dreaded career rut.
Whether you’re seriously stuck or just battling a summer daze, it’s tough to power through 40+ hours a week when you’re not loving the day-to-day; which is why I’ve created a step-by-step plan to help you get unstuck and move forward with your career.
Many years ago, I had a side gig as a professional resume writer. I wrote thousands of resumes for people in every field, at all levels: from recent college graduates to blue-collar workers to retirees to entrepreneurs to CEOs of enormous companies. But there was one kind of client that I enjoyed working with the most: the career changer, someone who is actively switching professions or has had experience in many fields.
Career changers consistently had the most interesting professional paths—which made for the most interesting resume writing experience. They were driven, passionate, and inquisitive. They could often quickly identify their most transferrable skills, and articulate exactly how they proposed to use those skills in new ways.
In my experience (and the experience of my clients): companies benefit when they actively try to hire career changers—-here’s why: