Want to change career paths? Here’s how to do it

Published on: 5 September 2019

Many of us who start their first job believe that it will prepare us for the rest of our career. Stepping off that path, however, may seem like a huge risk.

The good news is that these kinds of turning points can make you a better professional. With a positive approach and an open mind, you can also use your skills and expertise in other fields. Barry Peulen, office manager at Select Hilversum, gives the following advice to help you make that career change, regardless of your profession or level of experience.

Have the right mindset

If there is one thing you need in order to make a successful career change, it’s the right mindset. You need to approach this life-changing decision from your desire to grow and to evolve.

"It is important to know in advance where you want to go and which path you want to pursue,” says Barry. “I often notice that people want to change careers but don’t really know how to do it. Talk about this with your friends and family or with an agency, as we can also help you with this. If you really want something, you have to be 100% invested in it. "

Use your network

The broader your network, the easier it is to find opportunities outside your immediate field of work. Consider who you already know in your personal and professional circles.

"Your network can’t be too large," Barry says. "The added value that we can offer at Select is that we already have a large network that enables us to introduce you to the right employers.”

Choose a company that will help you grow

Think carefully about your dream job and your career path, but don't necessarily think that you have to leave everything behind. You can also look for another job within the same company. If you are transitioning to a different company, however, make a choice that closely matches your dreams and expectations.

"A good match between the company and the employee is very important," says Barry. “Currently, companies often want someone who is ‘plug and play’, but training staff in order to retain employees seems very important to me as well. Companies need a good mix of professionals and talent."