In today’s competitive job market we all have been told “be an expert in what you do” and don’t ruin your career with patchwork. Patchwork in the sense of doing too much or having worked to many different jobs and industries. The common opinion with companies, recruiters, HR and other folks involved in hiring is, you can’t be good in all of it. They claim they need experts. The result of such practices you can find in the quote below.
“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have”.
The above quote from Steve Jobs hits the nail on the head. It is something I have seen in my 35 year long professional career. If you work on a problem in the corporate world, you get cold feet because of the solutions that are presented. There is no creativity and there is no connecting the dots. Everyone automatically assumes the entire world understands what they want.
Today’s business world is fast paced and has never been so interconnect. If you are not able to connect dots to people, your customers, life and other industries and opportunities you will get stuck quickly. The more skills and different experiences you have, the better you will perform, no matter what industry you chose for your career.
The key is to develop the stomach to take the first step into changing careers. Make your point and always keep your already acquired skills handy. Every skill is transferable, in every industry. Think of what you do in your current job and think about what you would like to do. Connect the dots between them, add the fact that interest and passion is the best motivation to learn something new and you have a case.
When you eye a career change, seek help from people that have done it. Use that help to build your case. Don’t let those that are sitting in the same job for 25 or more years ruin your plans and dreams. As the business dynamics stand today, you will not sit tight in the same job for the same length. Whether you like it, or not.
Have a look at the infographic about career changes.