Are you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of working in a floundering industry? If you’ve thought about changing industries, think about joining thousands of other workers who have been moving from industries that are struggling—such as manufacturing—into businesses that are thriving, like healthcare.
Healthcare is still growing because aging boomers use lots of healthcare services. A study of over three-hundred metropolitan areas showed that a healthcare provider, such as a hospital, was among the ten largest employers.
The same survey also showed that education is another good long-term bet. Baby Boomers are now going to college. This opens jobs for college and university teachers, school education administrators, counselors, and special education teachers among many others.
But education as a mushrooming industry has a caveat. You’re taking a short-term risk by deciding to try the education field that’s often hurt by tight state and local budgets caused by a weak economy. This crisis has led to layoffs at many schools across the nation.
Last month alone, 70 public school administration employees in Dayton Ohio received pink slips. Schools needed to make up for reduced enrollment. And there were recent layoffs in Chicago of over a thousand school administrators and teachers.
Although changing industries can prove to be a good career move, it’s not an easy sell. In order to change jobs, you need to do three things:
First, determine if the skills you’re using now can be transferred into the industry you’re thinking about entering. Then you’ll be able to sell yourself at interviews by showing how the skills you’ve been using are a good match for the new kind of job you’re pitching for.
Second, set goals for the industry and job you want. I’ve outlined some easy steps you can take for setting goals and achieving them in a previous post on Your Career Service titled: “Setting Goals For Your Job Search,” This post shows you four easy steps for setting goals and reaching them.
And third, make sure you do plenty of networking before applying to a company in another industry. The information obtained through the networking process will enable you to not only to identify the industry and job you’re after, but will also give you a leg up when it comes to showing a job interviewer that you’re a great fit for the job.
RANDY PLACE is a job finding coach and author of “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach: How to Find a Job and Manage Your Career While Coping With The Hassles of It all.”
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