If you’re looking to boost your CV and further develop your career, or are looking to find alternative work you may want to consider moving to a new sector. We asked our Woking Branch Director Daniel Redmayne for his advice on applying for work in a new sector to advance or adapt your career.
Changing sectors is a great way to get out of your comfort zone, learn new skills and boost your CV. You may be feeling like you need a new challenge and a fresh start, or you might want to improve your CV by gaining new experiences in a different industry. You might even be working towards a long-term goal to work in a particular sector. Whatever the reason, there are many things to consider.
The benefits of moving to a new sector
There are some real short-term benefits to moving into a new industry. A change of sector can reinvigorate your career and provide you with new challenges and experiences. You’ll have an opportunity to add your own experience, offering a new way of looking at things and a fresh approach.
Long-term, a change of sector can add a key milestone to your career. Changing sectors shows adaptability – proving to prospective employers that there’s little risk of you not being able to acclimatise to a new role.
Getting ready to make the move
It’s important that you consider what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing. Be proactive and talk to people and network. Research is vital, you do not want to end up in an unfulfilling role, regretting your decision. Take advantage of online networking platforms like LinkedIn, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Transferable skills and changing sector
Transferable skills are abilities that are useful across different aspects of work and life. They are skills that can be applied to most roles and especially important when moving into a new sector.
It’s important to consider what your transferable skills are when thinking about a sector change. Employers will often look for candidates who demonstrate a solid set of transferable skills.
Identify and give examples of what your key skills are – these examples will help to convince your prospective employers that you are right for the job.