Thinking About Changing Careers? Here’s Some Advice For Making A Professional Transition


Thinking About Changing Careers? Here’s Some Advice For Making A Professional Transition

Do you truly love what you do? If your answer is no, it may be time to make a career transition. Changing careers means taking a big professional risk, but you’ll be risking it all on one very important thing: your happiness. If you have the grit to see yourself through a major life change that involves competing with experienced professionals that are younger than you, skeptical employers that don’t take you seriously, and (for some) the expense and effort of re-schooling, then we have some advice for you: do it. Don’t let anything stand in your way when it comes to meeting your professional goals, but be sure that you are mentally prepared for what’s ahead.

Whether you’re looking to transition from Front Office to Sales, from hotel operations to a corporate position, or even thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, has some advice on how to handle the change:

1. Be Sure

Embarking on a new career path is a major decision, so be sure that the path you’re turning onto is one that can sustain your interest, stimulate you intellectually, and support the lifestyle you have made for yourself. You may want to see a career or life coach to get an independent assessment of your plans and some objective advice.

2. Cross-train before you cross over

Thinking of transitioning from Revenue Management to Housekeeping? Sales to F&B? Ask your HR Director or GM for the opportunity to cross-train so that you can really get a feel for the job and if it’s a fit for you.

3. Pick the right time in your life

Be sure that you are making a professional transition at a time when your personal life is stable. If you are thinking of starting a family, or if you have recently moved to a new city, away from a network of friends and family, a professional change could bring chaos. While we normally advise stepping outside of your comfort zone, in this case it’s a good idea to have a personal comfort zone to rely on while your professional life goes through change.

4. Educate yourself-slowly

If your new career path involves going back to school, consider asking your current employer to contribute to the cost. If your current role could benefit from the new skill you are looking to pick up, your company might consider it. Either way, take your time. Take just a course or two while you are still working with your current employer to make sure you really love whatever it is you are learning.

5. Network like your life depends on it

Your new life does depend on it! If you want to break into a new industry, the best way is to find someone who can show you the ropes and make introductions. The best way to find that person? Networking events. Not sure where to start? Read our advice on how to start a conversation at a networking event.

6. Find a mentor

As mentioned above, a visit to a life coach or career coach can be invaluable when considering a career change. Once you have decided to go for it, make sure you have someone around who can see you through the journey. It could be someone already in the industry, or it could be a someone who has successfully made a career change themselves.