Career Change: Plan Your Switch Well

Does the economy have you thinking of a new career? One of five workers plans to change careers this year, despite the competitive labor market.

Some of that competition comes from workers older than age 60 who are postponing retirement because they can't afford it, need the health insurance and other benefits, or just love working.

No matter what your age, if you're looking at a new career, plan your switch well:

  • Give yourself from six months to two years to turn your career around or get back in the work force. It's best to plan while you're still employed or have other income.
  • If you haven't decided your vocation yet, ask yourself what you'd do if money weren't an issue. This will open your mind to possibilities you can't think of when you only consider what you already have been doing.
  • Visit to find out what industries or fields are projected to add the most new jobs, and which will be most in demand.
  • Look to the nonprofit sector. Large nonprofit organizations are rebounding. Have you developed skills in a for-profit position that could transfer, such as project management, stretching scarce dollars, and flexibility? Nonprofits will value your experience.
  • Volunteer. It's the best way to test your interest and get a foot in the door.
  • Get help revamping your résumé, and take advantage of other helpful resources, such as education and training at Careeronestop.
  • Look for ways to build crossover credentials. For example, could you take continuing education classes on your current job that transfer to the field you hope to enter.

Whatever your career plans, make sure you get the education you need to enhance your job prospects and increase your earning power. Contact Harvard University Credit Union today so we can help you achieve your dream. For more information, stop by any of our branch locations, email us or call us at (617) 495-4460.


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