While we may not be able to predict the future, I believe we can make ourselves aware of evolving trends, and take charge of adapting ourselves to changes. To quote Leon Megginson quoting Charles Darwin - The species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.
There are many reasons for wanting to make a career pivot. One reason could be the disruption to an industry caused by the global pandemic as I covered in an earlier blog. Another reason may be that you are in an industry that is very mature, stagnating, or fast becoming obsolete.
Here are a few suggestions and tips on how to execute a career pivot.
Understand what drives you and motivates you. Especially at this point in your life and career. We do continuously evolve as people and what motivates you can change.
Be willing to let go of your ego and adopt a growth mindset. Ask yourself what new skills you would like to learn.
You don’t have to start with a clean slate, inventory the skills you already have, that are adaptable. Elizabeth Uviebinene wrote recently, pivoting is as much about honing repackaging the skills you have to a different role.
Meet with others who are in a new area of work, and ask them what they like and don’t like about the role, industry, or culture.
Be willing to volunteer, or offer support part-time as you develop a new network and adapt your skills.
Dawn Graham in her book switchers, asks you to think like a hiring manager. Understand their situation, challenges, and needs. The empathy you have will allow you to market yourself.
Resumes, job boards, and applicant tracking systems were designed with traditional applicants in mind. Career pivoting requires a different approach.
Have you successfully made a career pivot? What additional guidance do you have for those seeking to adapt and change?