Three Tips for Making a Career Change at 30

Katie Dunn By Katie Dunn ● November 30, 2020
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Mak­ing a career change at 30 can feel chal­leng­ing. Once you reach the age of 30, you may feel like you’re in a lifestyle groove or maybe you have sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial oblig­a­tions to manage.
A career change in your thir­ties may feel daunt­ing; how­ev­er, it’s impor­tant to remem­ber you’re at a flex­i­ble stage in your career. This is a time to treat your career like a jun­gle gym and make a leap towards a new oppor­tu­ni­ty. While there are chal­lenges to mak­ing a career change, many are doing so suc­cess­ful­ly with­in their means and at their own pace. Here are three tips for man­ag­ing your career change:

Self-Assess­ment with a Career Apti­tude Test

When mak­ing a career change, it can be help­ful to re-eval­u­ate your­self inter­nal­ly. Per­son­al­i­ties and goals change over time, and your val­ues are like­ly dif­fer­ent now than they were 10 years ago. Tak­ing a career apti­tude test can pro­vide insights and ideas about what types of careers may fit your skill set and dis­po­si­tion. More than the black-and-white details of the jobs you may con­sid­er, a career apti­tude test will help you under­stand the unique, tai­lored types of envi­ron­ments and roles that will help you con­tin­ue to grow as a person. 
"The more detailed and res­o­nant your nar­ra­tive, the more like­ly you are to be suc­cess­ful at mak­ing a career change at 30."

Prop­er­ly Lever­ag­ing Past Experiences

After years of work, your resume and CV may be filled with count­less bul­lets of expe­ri­ences and projects – far too many to express all at once. A help­ful tip is to con­sol­i­date your expe­ri­ences and fil­ter for trans­fer­able or applic­a­ble skills. By demon­strat­ing trans­fer­able skills, you may be able to expe­dite the inter­view process or even sub­sti­tute your skills for for­mal train­ing. The key to lever­ag­ing past expe­ri­ences is to prop­er­ly artic­u­late that you have devel­oped and pos­sess skills such as these:
  • Demon­strat­ed professionalism
  • Pub­lic speaking
  • Prop­er del­e­ga­tion and management 
  • Abil­i­ty to pro­vide and receive con­struc­tive feedback
  • Han­dling complaints
  • Nego­ti­a­tion and persuasion
  • Men­tor­ing less expe­ri­enced colleagues 
  • Time man­age­ment and multitasking
  • Atten­tion to detail 
By demon­strat­ing that your skills from past expe­ri­ence are applic­a­ble in new envi­ron­ments, employ­ers will be more like­ly to trust in your abil­i­ties to learn new skills and adapt to your career change ele­gant­ly. Try to present these trans­fer­able skills suc­cinct­ly, using mul­ti­ple pow­er­ful exam­ples from your past expe­ri­ence. The more detailed and res­o­nant your nar­ra­tive, the more like­ly you are to be suc­cess­ful at mak­ing a career change at 30
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Gath­er Job Infor­ma­tion and Look for Train­ing Opportunities

While simul­ta­ne­ous­ly look­ing inward through self-assess­ment and lever­ag­ing past expe­ri­ences, we rec­om­mend study­ing the exter­nal forces that affect your new career path. Learn­ing about spe­cif­ic job duties, the eco­nom­ic out­look, and con­sid­er­a­tions for your intend­ed role and stan­dard earn­ing rates is a great start. A start­ing point for research is The Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics, which includes rel­e­vant sta­tis­tics and infor­ma­tion. Look for oppor­tu­ni­ties in your com­mu­ni­ty to meet oth­er pro­fes­sion­als, such as Meet­up groups or afford­able train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties in your new field. Net­work­ing and skill build­ing are two crit­i­cal ways to start pur­su­ing your new career and test­ing your abil­i­ty to stay engaged over time. Keep in mind, no job will be per­fect and there may be tasks that won’t exact­ly make you jump for joy — it is impor­tant that you are will­ing and excit­ed to do the job. You should begin reach­ing out and recon­nect­ing with­in your net­work to have dis­cus­sions and extract nuances of jobs that would not oth­er­wise be avail­able by sim­ple Inter­net searching.

Get Start­ed on Mak­ing a Career Change at 30

Putting your­self out there, reflect­ing on your past expe­ri­ences, and learn­ing more about new indus­tries will mit­i­gate much of the uncer­tain­ty around mak­ing a career change at 30. By lever­ag­ing your fine-tuned skills and expe­ri­ences, you will find that you can pro­vide a wealth of val­ue to new roles and become a high­ly sought after appli­cant. If you would like to learn more about tac­tics to mak­ing a suc­cess­ful career change, or if you are think­ing that a career in soft­ware devel­op­ment might be the right one for you, please reach out to us. At Momen­tum, we are com­mit­ted to help­ing you kick­start your career. To learn more about how to make a career change that’s right for you, con­tact us today to sched­ule an infor­ma­tion session.

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