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What if Career Switching is a necessary Skill…?

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Some prophecies announced that the 2020’s will be different – and they are right. With COVID, lockdowns and economic changes, the future of work is looking different. How exactly? We don’t know yet. Many professionals have been given a nudge to rethink their careers: some because they want to, some because they ‘must’. 

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey

Moreover, we also know that jobs are changing very quickly: 40% of the current job-roles did not even exist 20 years ago. The emergence of new job careers will increase over the next few years. One thing for sure: learning how to switch careers is a valuable investment. When you already have 5 to 35 years of experience under your belt, rethinking may not be easy. Do you know your passions? How could they lead your work? How can we consider valuable experiences and use them for a career-switch? 

Career switching – how to analyse and reuse current skills for a future career

Let’s assume you have some idea about your passions. Now the question is how to analyse your experiences and make them valuable. Over 10 years of experience? That is a lot! When analysing your current and past roles, we suggest focussing on subject matter knowledge, subject matter competences, project competences and transferable skills. How ….!

Career switching – Subject knowledge & competence

At first, Subject knowledge: just make a list of all your areas of knowledge. For example, when you have been a communication specialist at an insurance company list the means, the topics you wrote about, the tools, maybe public relations or change management strategies etc. and rank them: to  identify the  extent to which  you know them. 

Secondly, subject matter competences: make a list of all competences you have in a relevant area. For example: as a communication officer you have introduced a strategic communication plan; you have been working with tools such as Canva, social media campaigns; or you have specific interview skills, video and photography skills, content writing skills, etc.. 

Career switching – Transferable Competences

At MacArthur Institute we talk about transferable skills in two ways. First, think in terms of a Transferable Cycle Competence. The higher you get in an organisation, the more you get into a cycle: from a strategy towards developing an approach then execution and monitoring the change and finally operating and maintaining the status quo. What has been your professional cycle? Mind you: when you have done one or several of these professional cycles this competence is transferable. 

Secondly, Transferable Personal Skills are those personal behaviour and interaction skills. For example: communicative competences, agility and problem solving skills result in orientation and collaboration skills. 

If you haven’t thought about these two areas of transferable skills: know that they are underestimated and can be a big help in achieving a career switch.

“No one can discover you until you do. Exploit your talents, skills and strengths and make the world sit up and take notice.” – Rob Liano

Want to know more? Give us a ring at 1300 019 303 (outside Australia +61 3 9108 4235) or send us an email: info@macarthurinstitute.org

About MacArthur Institute

At MacArthur Institute we help experienced professionals with 5 to 35 years of working (or voluntary) experience to prove their level of knowledge and skill and then be approved of achieving an associate degree, a bachelor or masters level. We work with career switchers to improve their lives.