2. Can I adapt the way I work and excel in response to changes in my field?
While technological change and shifts in international labor supply-and-demand dynamics can be highly disruptive to the market, sometimes these forces open up new career opportunities as well.
When robotics disrupted factory jobs in the U.S., those who learned to operate the robots found new opportunities for growth. Similarly, if your industry is seeing an influx of AI-based tools that do the work humans have historically done, there will be opportunities for those who prove adept at operating and getting the best results from AI. It may be that with a few relevant professional development courses, you could prepare yourself for the change ahead rather than pivot away from it.
3. What are my transferable skills?
In most information jobs, the set of skills required day to day can be highly transferable between industries and jobs.
Where it used to be relevant to list all the software solutions you knew how to use, most employers now view specific software skills as learnable. Instead, ability to manage projects, collaborate, adapt to new technologies, lead teams and secure deals are all skills that transfer readily from one career to another.
As you consider a new career path, spend some time previewing job listings that interest you, paying close attention to the required skills they mention. You may be surprised at how many of the boxes you already check and how few are beyond your grasp.
4. How long term might the new career be?
Are you planning to work 10 more years? 20 or more? Having a sense of both the longevity of the change and the growth opportunities it presents in that time frame will be important to making an informed decision.
If your ambition is to continue a growth path into executive roles, you’ll want to think seriously about how long you will need to work in the field to qualify for those opportunities. At the same time, if your time horizon is shorter and your goal is to downshift for more work-life balance, a big change could help facilitate that.
5. Do I need more education?
Whether you’re making a career change or looking for a leg up in your current field, a return to school can give you the boost you need to meet your goals. Going for that master’s degree or a certificate in a relevant skill set not only can add to your bona fides for the next position, but also give you a fresh perspective and breathe new life into a tired work routine. If a relevant degree or certificate is a prerequisite for the job change you want, it’s a good idea to get that process started sooner rather than later.
Preparing for your next move at University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix offers a variety of ways individuals can enhance their skill set for the modern workplace. Depending on your educational goals, you might want to consider any of the following flexible, online options.
Online certificates: Upskilling doesn’t always require a degree. Many online certificates at UOPX can be completed in under nine months while enhancing skills in business, healthcare, IT and education.
Bachelor’s degrees: Gain a broad understanding of the world while honing your chosen skill set for your next career move.
Master’s degrees: In addition to enhancing your management and leadership know-how, master’s degrees at UOPX focus on career-focused skills.
Doctoral degrees: Prepare for leadership while contributing research that can make a positive impact in your community and beyond.
Career resources at UOPX
If switching careers is in your foreseeable future, you’ll need more than an updated resumé. Explore a variety of career resources at UOPX, including:
- Career Services for Life: Available to UOPX students and graduates, this offering comprises complimentary career coaching, including guidance on how to build a personal brand and write a resumé.
- Free career resources: Browse a range of downloadable guides and templates to help you optimize your LinkedIn® profile, get ready for a job interview and write a resumé and cover letter.
- Career With Confidence™ newsletter: Get career insights every week via UOPX’s LinkedIn newsletter.
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