The right career can have a major impact on your mental outlook. People who enjoy job satisfaction are typically happier and they don’t mind going to work each day. Unfortunately, most people in their twenties have yet to stumble upon that perfect opportunity.
Are you satisfied in your current career? Are you frustrated with career choice? There are two ways to approach this situation. You can either complain and accept a career that you don’t enjoy, or you can take steps to break into a new career. Don’t stick with a position or field that doesn’t fulfill your goals.
Ready to move on with your life? Here are three ways to break into a new career in your twenties.
1. Go back to school.
Whether you’ve already completed a degree program or never attended higher education, take your frustration and put this energy toward improving your life. If you already have a degree under your belt, you may only need a few additional courses to break into a new career. Determine your real interest, and then speak with a counselor at your local college and learn your options. Don’t stress about finances. There are several financial aid programs available to assist with tuition, such as student loans from Sallie Mae.
If school (as a student) doesn’t sound interesting – flip the coin, and head back and teach.
2. Apply for an unpaid internship.
Getting hired in a new field with no experience is tough. However, an internship or volunteer work under your belt can open the door to new opportunities. And since you’re providing your services for free, companies may be willing to offer on-the-job training. This is an excellent way to break into a desired field. Depending on how well you perform on the job, the company may offer you full-time employment. But even if you’re not offered a permanent position, you can take your skills and apply for work elsewhere.
3. Make improvements to your resume.
A cookie cutter resume won’t help you break into a new career. It is important that you customize your resume and cover letter to each employer. Both documents should include information relevant to the position. This can be tricky if you have never held a particular position before, but there are ways to overcome this hurdle. Think of all the duties and assignments you’ve managed in the past. Even if you’re applying for a completely new type of job, past assignments might serve as experience for your new career.
Let’s say you’re applying for a position as a staff writer with the local newspaper, but you’ve only worked as an administrative assistant. You might think, “I don’t have any writing experience.” However, did you create memos and business letters? Did you provide copy for the company’s website? Maybe you helped write the company’s newsletters. Include this experience on your resume and you’ve got your foot in the door.
Throughout all your efforts, be patient. Moving into a new career takes time. Some people are fortunate and quickly break into a new field. Understand, however, that this experience is the exception. Stay positive, improve your skills and get hands-on experience. These factors coupled with a strong work ethic and sparking personality can help you tear down barriers and break into a new career.
Anna Hicks is an online writer who focuses her writing on personal finance, business, and sometimes career. Anna’s normal writing topics include finance applications in business or even things as simple as family finance. You can read more writing by Anna at her personal finance website, paidtwice.com
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