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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Preparing to Change Career Fields

Updated: May 27, 2020

A new year ostensively awakens an inner call to grow in a new direction. If that growth is toward a new career or related professional development, the valuable assistance of a career services professional cannot be denied. ~ David M. Reile, Ph.D.

FOCUS ON: Getting Started Changing Careers

The idea that 80% of people want to change jobs is pretty stunning. It is important to help clients understand the many issues that come along with changing a career. Doing so can help them make an informed decision towards a fulfilling future, instead of acting out of temporary frustration. To help them conceptualize some of the details, consider reviewing the Biggest Mistakes Career Changers Make.

JOB SEARCHING: Tailoring Resumes for Career Changers

Helping a client prepare for a career change will inevitably involve conversations around why the possibility is an appealing option. Of course, the conversations should also include a discussion of how to start taking practical steps towards a new career. Once a client has decided that a change needs to take place, start exploring how a resume can play a valuable role in the process. Read more at:


If your client frequently talks about wanting to change careers, and yet seems stuck, it may be useful to consider using a decision-making model. Helping your client identify not only if this is the time for change, but also what a positive change may look like, can be a significant step forward. This Psychology Today article, which outlines the use of a specific decision-making model, can provide a framework for helping clients consider a career change.

ENCORE CAREERS: Second Career Ideas for Retirees

According to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, 74% of workers are planning to get a new job after retiring. While the rationale for that decision may vary, from financial need to a desire to stay active, many people find retirement a time to investigate new options or reawaken long-dormant interests. From blogging to bartending, and from education to executive coaching, this list offers possibilities for a wide range of jobs that may appeal to retirees:

TOP TEN: Quick Tips for Career Changers

Once the decision to change careers has been made, it can be hard to slow down long enough to consider all of the practical steps to take. In truth, the realities of researching, planning, and setting goals can easily fall by the wayside when someone is excited about a new opportunity. Clients who fall into that category may benefit from the following, which focuses on providing a quick overview of 10 top points to consider to help achieve success:


Clients starting to think about a shift career may benefit from also considering the sector in which they currently work. Would looking into a different sector – government, for-profit, non-profit, or education – provide the backdrop for a satisfying change? In the following post in her blog, “Career Paths Unlimited,” Sally Power looks at some ways to examine whether a shift in job sector may be a good change for your restless client:

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