How to Change Careers After 30

If you’re considering a career change in your 30s, you aren’t alone. People change careers an average of three or more times. If you’re in a job that doesn’t challenge you or that you do not enjoy, it’s time to think about your options.

Why Do You Want To Make a Career Change?

People change careers for a lot of reasons. Some common examples include:

  • Your role has changed or is eliminated because of downsizing or restructuring.
  • You are bored and want a position where you can reach your full potential.
  • You want to improve your work/life balance.
  • You seek better compensation/benefits.
  • You want better alignment of your job and personal values/passions.

Think about why you want to change careers to make an informed decision on what you want to pursue. Spend time on self-reflection to ensure that your next step is bringing you closer to achieving your goals.

How To Change Careers After 30

Changing careers won’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of self-reflection, a clear strategy, and skilled networking. Once you identify why you want to make a change, use the following guide to work toward your goals.

Research Your Options

The first step involves research. Identify job opportunities within fields that align with your knowledge, skills, and interests. Check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for more information.

 Search Based on Your Abilities

Your interests alone may not lead to a fulfilling career. It’s important that your natural abilities are suited for that career too. The goal is to find a good fit where you will thrive in a new career.

Consider Going Back To School

If you’ve spent most of your career so far applying a particular set of skills, you may need a new tool kit. An executive MBA program can help you close knowledge and skill gaps without compromising your current position.

Learn more about changing careers with an EMBA.

Conduct Informational Interviews

Informational interviews can provide valuable information on the best ways to transition into a new industry. Ask others how they began their career and for advice. This strategy has the added benefit of expanding your network in that industry.

Get a Mentor and Find Shadow Opportunities

If you don’t already have a mentor, it’s time to start looking for someone who can give you insights on possible next steps. Tap your network — or expand your network — to seek advice and help.

Don’t Settle

Take time to think about the best career fit for you. If you rush the process, you may end up in a different job, but still on the wrong career path.  

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