How to Pivot Your Career
Careers can be a lot like relationships. At first, everything is perfect. You’re excited, you’re upbeat, and things are going as planned. Then you hit a roadblock. Things slow down, and you start to realize that maybe this career isn’t for you. That’s when it’s time to make a change and pivot your career.
This post is going to walk you through some of the steps you should take if you’ve been considering a new career path. By the end of this article, you’ll have a roadmap for navigating your way to a new and exciting career.
Identify Your Strengths
It’s important to understand what you’re good at before you take the leap toward a new career. Not taking stock of your strengths could lead you back to where you started. That’s why it’s important to be self-aware and recognize your strengths.
For example, author, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and business strategist Jenny Blake says, “Once you know your strengths and what’s working, you can shift very naturally and very methodically right from where you already are instead of stretching too far outside of yourself.”
It’s no secret that being prepared is important. But when you pivot your career, preparation is vital to your professional success. That’s why you’ll want to make sure that you have everything in order before you take that step toward the new you!
Some things you can do now to prepare for the pivot are: research different industries that align with your passion, revamp your resume, and go back to school. Obviously, returning to school will take more planning and effort than writing a resume, but earning a new degree has the potential to open so many doors.
What do you typically do before you make a big purchase? You research the product so that you know everything there is to know about it. The same goes for when you make a shift in your career.
You wouldn’t want to walk into a job interview without any knowledge of the company to which you’re applying or the industry you’re trying to break into. That’s why it’s important to do proper research before you set out on a new career path.
One quick research tip is to use LinkedIn to investigate the industry in which you're interested. You can find a lot of useful information by doing a simple online search within the professional networking platform.
Now it’s time to put your plan into action and pivot! However, this part of the process is sometimes the hardest to do. Jenny Blake states that, “If you have fear, that’s OK. That’s actually a sign that you’re doing something exciting, and you’re making a change. Change tends to incite fear. Look to take small next steps that are within your stretch zone, not your panic zone.”
Whether your pivot leads to a new job, a new business venture, or a new degree, you’re much more likely to succeed if you’ve taken the necessary steps before you take action. Regardless of your path, pivoting to a new career can be an exciting and thrilling experience.
Written by Ben Cummings, Digital Marketing Specialist for Bridgepoint Education.
Hunckler, M. (2017, February 27). Nail Your Career Pivot With This 4-Step Method For Smooth Transitions. Retrieved September 12, 2017, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/matthunckler/2017/02/24/nail-your-career-pivot-with-this-4-step-method-for-smooth-transitions/#c25c95a3ed5e
How To Pivot Into A New Career. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2017, from https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/pivot-into-new-career-jenny-blake-interview-0916