Tips for Career Changers

A resident of the Augusta, GA, area, Dr. Joseph Frey has served as a privately practicing clinical psychologist for more than 25 years. In his current practice, Dr. Joseph Frey offers management advisory services to businesses and career development support to individual professionals in and around Augusta, GA.

When considering a career change, you can begin by reflecting on both your passions and your basic values. Career experts suggest that you first determine what you would continue to do even if no one paid you for it, and then consider how you could incorporate that passion into a career. You can talk to people who have entered that career field and find out what it entails, as well as what skills employers look for in candidates for related positions. This will help you to determine how your skills match with market needs.

Experience is a major driving factor in the hiring process. If you are thinking of breaking into a new field, consider entering in a position similar to one you have worked in before. Conversely, consider changing fields within an industry that you know. You may also be able to make up for experience by networking with people you have worked with in other capacities, as many people are more willing to risk inexperience if they know the individual that they would be hiring.

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