Is one of your goals in 2018 a new career? Maybe you have decided that a career switch would serve your life goals better, or you are returning to the job market after a long absence. Changing careers is not as easy as it should be, especially in the late 30s going forward. There are new skills to teach, new industry players to contend with, and most scary of all is that you are starting from the bottom all over again. However, a new career is possible with the right strategy.
Careful Industry Analysis
The easiest way to get a new job is by offering a skill that fills a need, at the right time. This means that you have to position yourself to make a move when the opportunity presents itself. The only way to do this is by analyzing the industry you want to work in. Do you want to work in the sports industry? Which games interest you the most, and which events are the most popular and in great demand? What are the needs in those events? If you are interested in football, for example, you could offer better talent scouting. Which teams do you think need new players? Which junior leagues are doing the best? These are the questions that could help you in this analysis.
Develop Niche Skills
Presenting unique value makes you marketable. Niche skills are those that set you apart from everyone else. If you have analyzed your choice industry well, you can identify the needs in the industry that are not being met easily, and develop skills to help you fill the gap.
In the football example, maybe there are very good players in some countries, but there are few players coming through because many talent scouts cannot negotiate in the local language. You can go ahead and learn the basics of the language, which would help you interact with football managers and good talent from that country. This way, you become the go-to expert in this field.
Develop Self-Marketing Skills
The truth is that these days, there are very few niche skills that are not saturated. This means that you have to work extra hard to rise above the competition. One proven method is networking. Follow industry players and opinion makers in your chosen industry. This can help you develop contacts in the field, which can help you learn about opportunities before the competition does.
Getting into a new career is all about being in the right place and the right time. Knowing the right people can make it happen faster.