Three Ways to Reinvent Yourself for a Major Career Change

August 15, 2016

businessman-1492563_960_720According to Job Service North Dakota reports, oil employment has dropped from 63,000 jobs in 2014 to just 48,000 jobs in 2015. Many North Dakotans are struggling to make a career change when they have no experience in the field(s) that they hope to enter.

At Dale Carnegie Training of North Dakota and NW Minnesota, we are dedicated to helping people reach their professional and personal potential. Here are three steps to reinventing yourself successfully.

  1. Connect and conquer. Every conversation you have with professionals within and outside of your field are opportunities to learn and leave a lasting impression. You don’t have to attend a formal networking event to connect with other people. By practicing Dale Carnegie’s 4th Human Relations principle, ‘Become genuinely interested in other people,’ you will establish relationships with more people and become comfortable asking questions about where they work and what they do. When a person works in the industry you are targeting, or is employed in a role you think you may really enjoy, ask open-ended questions and actively listen to the answers. When you’re ready, share your career interests and ask to connect with the person on LinkedIn or other social networking sites. That particular connection could potentially benefit you in your job search later on.
  2. Be patient and prioritize. Changing careers takes time. The mere exercise of evaluating which fields and roles you are most interested in may take months. To stay focused, develop and prioritize a task list. You can’t join a professional trade group in one of your top targeted industries until you have honed in on which industries and fields you are most passionate about. You may have to earn credentials by enrolling in an MBA program, for example, if the job postings most salient to you mandate a graduate degree.

Fox News West Dakota recently reported that while oil jobs fall, the health care sector is growing. More hospitals and clinics are being constructed to care for the aging population. If you think you might enjoy a role as a nurse, hospital administrator, physical therapist, etc., first find out more about the roles before actually enrolling in a program. Dale Carnegie said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Prioritizing tasks and being patient are two key ingredients to reinventing yourself.

  1. Take chances. To reinvent yourself, you must be willing to experiment. Try new roles, projects and even volunteer for worthy causes you are most passionate about. Dale Carnegie said, “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” Keep in mind that it’s inevitable to fail a few times, and learning that you don’t enjoy a particular industry or role isn’t failing—it’s winning wisdom! The more you know, the better you’ll successfully grow into the new you.
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