We see recent graduates testing the water frequently. They graduate with a specific degree and career path in mind – to be a journalist, a white-collar crime analyst, a genetics researcher, and so on. They land an entry-level position and soon realize it's not the career they expected. Related: 5 Tips For Planning A Career Change For recent graduates and individuals just starting a career, making a change in one's career path is not as challenging as it is for those who have established themselves as an experienced professional in their field(s). Many employers understand the drivers of this change. Some even see early professionals make several changes within the first five years of graduation. They realize the positions sought after by most often by entry-level professionals may be considered a learning phase, so employers are not as critical about the change of heart. However, it's a different story for candidates who have established themselves in a particular career. Whether you are someone who has started a career and left to be a stay-at-home parent, were laid off, or have lost the passion behind a particular career path, making a career change has its challenges and employers are more critical. Off the bat, employers will question the interest to change careers mid-way and whether you have thoughtfully processed what a change in career may mean. Often times, there will not be an opportunity for a lateral move and the pay scale may be different. Other questions employers may have will concern whether you have transferable skills from your previous experience.
November 12, 2014