October 21, 2022

Thinking of making a career change? Here are 4 tips for success.

By Anita DeCianni-Brown, collegewide career development coordinator

You’ve probably heard the term, “The Great Resignation” at some point this year. That’s because many people are looking to change careers due to low-paying jobs, lack of advancement opportunities, not loving what they do, or feeling excited about another path. Sound like you? 

Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re a seasoned professional, it’s never too early or too late to find a career that fits your goals and interests. A career change can be a life-changing decision, so you want to make sure you do it right.

Here are four tips for successfully changing your career path.

    1. Do your research and prep work.

Research the job, skill, and education requirements of your desired career path. O*Net is a great online resource for this type of research. You can learn information about prospective employers and their job opportunities and requirements. If you find you need a specific certificate or degree, SUNY Empire State has more than 100 online degree and certificate programs. Our programs are flexible and affordable, so you can earn your degree while you work and live your busy life. Learn more about SUNY Empire’s degree programs and advanced certificates.

    2. Take what you’ve learned and apply it to your new career.

Many employers value professional experience regardless of what field you’re in. Skills you’ve gained in one role often can transfer to another role. Make sure you take the time to prepare a solid application that includes metrics on your previous work experience. You may be more qualified than you think. Don’t hide what you already know.

    3. Network, network, network!

You’ll want to make as many connections as you can within the industry you’re planning to move into. LinkedIn is a great networking tool. Start with people and colleagues you know, tap into their connections, and speak with them about their jobs. Join professional organizations and attend their networking events. As a SUNY Empire student, you’ll also gain free access to our career services resources, mentors, faculty, staff, and alumni.

    4. Be persistent.

If you don’t get your dream job right away, that’s okay. Take feedback from recruiters and industry professionals to advance your skills and knowledge.

It’s never too late to go after your dreams. If you’re a SUNY Empire student or alum looking for a career change and would like more guidance on a plan, email me at anita.brown@esc.edu. At SUNY Empire, we believe dreams are within reach — and we’re here to help you reach them.