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Afraid of a career change, Try the skill first approach

Many of us are scared of taking or even thinking of this one decision "Career change". Most of us grew up without having the right direction. I believe that we all are unique. Each of us has at least one thing that makes us different from others. It can be empathy, mental strength, Intellectual ability, Sharpness, attention to detail, multi-tasking, communication skill, or problem-solving skill. It takes years of effort to master these areas but the first step toward becoming an expert is to identify one's area of interest. 

                                                              Photo by Quino Al on Unsplash

Without the right direction, we cannot master any skill and become an expert. Unfortunately, our educational system is not designed to help us find our unique talent. Finland follows a very different type of educational system which is now the world's best educational system and the reason is it is designed in such a way that a kid can identify their interests at an early age. 

Most of us try to get a degree and find a job as early as possible. The goal is to make more money. We compromise everything to make more and more money. I have seen many people who are rich in terms of their bank balance but poor in terms of happiness. Many among us struggle in our jobs not knowing what to do next. Many want to change their jobs but they are afraid of taking the first step. In most cases, they don't know what the first step is. Let me share my experience.

I was also confused and frustrated in my first job. Those days I spent more time understanding if I liked what I was doing. Whenever I get the answer "No", I simply Quit. I know it sounds crazy. I hate to stick on to something that I don't like. I prioritize this over anything. Over the last five years, I worked in various industries. 

I used the skill-first approach to get jobs. My first job was in mutual funds, then Investment banking, then Marketing, Advertising, and now digital transformation. I used Skill first approach to clear my interviews. No HR will consider my resume with experience in different industries. 

I started finding Jobs that looked similar and applied. Here it's not about the knowledge but the skill that is required to do the work. I focused on that. They hired me. Try to develop skills. The knowledge we can gain at any age. But developing any skill takes time. Focus on developing skills.

What is the skill-first approach?

If you compare certain jobs like Customer success manager, Marketer, Sales, and HR, all these profiles share one common thing, The ability to manage people. In this approach, the skills an individual acquired over the period is considered more than his/her subject or industry knowledge. Many job seekers as well as employers give more emphasis on subject/Industry knowledge. But what makes an individual reach the heights of their career is the soft skills they possess. No one thinks from this perspective.

I have friends with more than five years of experience in taxation who want to switch their careers to marketing. They possess the skills required for marketing jobs. But they are afraid to start over, lack confidence that no companies will hire them, and the list keeps going.

From my experience, I suggest you focus on developing skills and try to sell them to get a job if you are stuck. Believe me, it works. I am a living example. Most importantly believe in yourself.


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