My interview with Successfully Unemployed’s Alan Sherwood about career transitions.
In addition to his radio show, Alan owns and operates two small successful businesses: a consulting firm that specializes in capital and endowment campaigns, planned giving programs, executive search and career coaching; and a real estate investing and property management firm. He is the author of the book, “Successfully Unemployed,” that teaches the suddenly unemployed how to turn what appears to be a tragedy into a personal and professional triumph.
During the radio show we covered a wide range of topics, from job goals to career transition to turning your passion into a profitable business. Click on the following link to download the podcast. Below are some of the questions I fielded and links to more information on the topics. Enjoy!
How do you figure out your dream career?
What we desired in our twenties may no longer hold true a decade or more later. As our lives change, so do our career plans. It’s important to do a little soul-searching to reevaluate your career goals at any stage of your life and modify your long-term strategy for success.
How can people best leverage their skills into a new career?
Do your research. Join relevant professional organizations and attend trade shows to start building your new professional network. Subscribe to publications and set up Google News Alerts to learn the industry jargon. The more you learn, the easier it will be to identify how your skill set is applicable in your target line of work.
How do you turn a hobby into a paid career?
If you want to turn your hobby into a paycheck, you first need to learn the business side of your extracurricular activity. Seek out a mentor in the same industry to show you the ropes and help you fill in any skill gaps. Look for what’s missing in the industry. You’re already a customer – what have you caught yourself wishing for?
What are some tips for older career changers?
Consider an encore career. It’s an appealing option for job seekers at retirement age who want to continue working while making a lifestyle change. In fact, a 2011 research study concluded that nearly 9 million Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 are in encore careers.
Is networking really that important?
Yes! Employee referrals are a very valuable tool in the job search, especially when you're looking to transition to a different career. They can help you bypass the gatekeepers and open doors that would otherwise be closed. Network as much as possible with people in your chosen line of work to identify people who will advocate on your behalf.
Career transitions can be very tricky, but they’re not impossible. Sometimes it's necessary to take a step down or sideways to move forward. However, the ultimate rewards are worth it when you're in a career that you truly love!
Amanda Augustine is the Job Search Expert for TheLadders. She provides job search and career guidance for professionals looking to make their next career move. Have a question for Amanda? Submit your question here for a chance to have it answered in her weekly column, and be sure to follow @JobSearchAmanda on Twitter and “Like” her on Facebook for up-to-the-minute job-search advice.