Ask for feedback on your resume — where are the gaps? What additional training would you need? And, what personality traits do you need to be successful?
“It’s the beginning of building your network in your new area. And also, get referrals to other people who would be interesting to talk to,” Mufson said.
Consider shadowing someone in your chosen career or volunteering to get first-hand experience. The job may sound great on paper, but in practice, you’re bored to tears. “There is no substitute for having the actual experience,” Mufson said.
Checklist: Four years before
- Conduct informational interviews
- Get some hands-on experience in the field
Two-to-three years to go
Now is the time to pick up the skills and experience you need to move into the role you want.
This could be formal training, such as the education you’d need to become a nurse or physical therapist, or a less structured series of classes or certificate programme.
Training may not take long, or it might require five years of education or more. But, if you have a full-time job and a family, and your new role requires formal education, this stage will require some financial planning.