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“How do I prepare to move into a new industry?”
Posted By wisen On December 9, 2013 @ 11:02 am In Dear Owen:,Winter 2013 | No Comments
To answer “Ready for a New Challenge’s” question, Vanderbilt Business turned to the Owen community out in the field and here on campus. Here’s their advice.
Research, research, research followed closely by network, network, network. I made the switch from engineering to human capital by understanding my future industry and what I could offer from my past. I was fortunate enough to find an internship at a technical company that allowed me to bridge the gap between engineering and HR in a very concrete way. Then I was able to sell those skills for a full-time position. When you’re at Owen, there are a ton of resources at your fingertips and I tried to use as many as possible along the way. Now I hope I can help others!
Switching careers or industries starts with identifying the “six degrees of separation” between you and the opportunity you’re seeking. It’s important that a candidate identify the relevant skills, experiences and qualities needed to break into the sought-after industry, and more important, how their previous experiences, education and background transfer to a value-add in that industry. Once you can begin to identify what it takes to break into that industry and how your current profile sets you up to do so, you can begin to connect the dots and tackle those degrees of separation. In some instances, it’s merely selling your transferable skills and networking; in some cases, it involves seeking out completely new opportunities and experiences as a steppingstone. Either way, it’s important to understand where you are, where you want to go, and develop a road map for how to get there.
Over the years, Debbie helped a lot of Owen alumni transition to new jobs and careers. She says that this question is one she heard frequently—maybe even the most—from Owen alumni. Here’s her advice and answer:
Dear Ready for a New Challenge:
I heard this question, or something similar, many times during my coaching sessions with alums. If you have effectively managed your professional growth and your career path, it is possible to find yourself currently in a role or field where you find great satisfaction and success. Opportunities for additional professional growth can be found in applying or transferring your skills and competencies to a new industry. The advice that Anne Marie and Danielle provided is spot on: Research, network and connect the dots. I would add to this great advice these tactics:
You already are ahead of the game by asking what you must do for a transition. Good luck!
Debbie Clapper, Owen
Have a burning career or management question? Wish you could get advice from an Owen professor or experienced fellow alum? Now you can. Vanderbilt Business has launched a new advice feature, “Dear Owen.” Send a question via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use social media. We’ll also post a request for questions on Facebook and LinkedIn several times a year. Post your questions and we’ll provide answers in a future issue of the magazine.
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