Different career options you have!
Starting a new career can mean a lot of things, quite literally.
It can mean multiple careers.
Because the world's no longer glued to the office, or a single workplace, the opportunities are there for people to do much more.
Because training is now so much more flexible, its possible to get multiple qualifications and degrees. Skill sets are much wider, allowing multiple opportunities.
For your new career, that's very good news.
Skills are movable. Your training in one area has applications in others. An accountant or tradesman, for example, can work across a range of industries. Degrees have many roles now, and many employers use them as benchmarks for capabilities in other areas. Google, for instance, requires a degree, but doesn't necessarily require a degree related to a specific position.
The main reason for this is that employers now are looking for skill sets and fits which don't have to work to the old qualification regime. If you have a degree in something, it represents added value.
Another reason is that the qualification doesn't really prove much on its own. You may be an accountant, so are millions of others. What can you do to prove you're a really great accountant?
Because if you can't prove that, you're a statistic. You can join the dots, and do what everybody else does. So what?
Careers aren't made by being a photocopy of everyone else. People don't pay you much to be part of the furniture. How much are you prepared to pay for a chair?
As a matter of fact, being anonymously average is a real career killer. You don't get opportunities because nobody can tell the difference between you and anyone else.
It's not some sort of myth that you should follow your talents. It's your best shot at actually achieving something.
OK, you might land on your backside with a certain regularity in the process, but you can do that as a face in the crowd playing safe, too.
It's no longer considered that degrees and qualifications are a sort of set in stone foundation for a career. Experience, talents and the ability of people to bring a range of skills into play, are finally getting appreciation.
Meaning if you're good, people want to know.
In your new career, that means that you can show your clients quality work, clear across your skill set.
You may be a great codewriter, but have real talents in graphics, animation, or table tennis, and you can do business in all those areas. You may be a clothing retailer with a flair for designing buildings.
For your new career, don't just think outside the box.
Don't get in the box in the first place. It might be a coffin.
If you have real assets in the form of your skills, experience and talents, don't let them decay while you chase cash in just one area, and neglect them.
In the old days, it was a painstaking process of developing a so-called hobby, getting some commercial success, and then finally breaking the chains.
Now, you can do the average office-type job with one hand, and several others with the other.
It's really a matter of knowing how to develop your potentials effectively.
As we've said before, you need to be viable, to make a new career. That doesn't mean you can't have a few more options growing in the background.
You'll notice that many very successful business people aren't just one trick wonders. They operate across a range of industries, situations, and sometimes do business literally deal by deal. One day they're in finance, then they're in computers, etc.
Professionals, including scientists, don't necessarily specialize in areas, they operate across areas, where the overlaps with their own business operations are. Their work is a component of other work.
There's a word we haven't used yet: KNOWLEDGE. This is the real base of skills and careers. It can work in so many ways that to say there are multiple options is actually a bit of an understatement. It can be a career.
You're a business consultant. Your client is a recruitment agency, which wants to greatly increase returns.
You have other clients. They hire people. You're the network. You can work with the agency to sharpen up their returns, but you can also hook up your clients with the agency, solving problems on both sides.
You've done your research, and discovered that the recruitment agency stands to make much better returns if it develops a top line professional recruitment sector. You know there's a need, employers and industries are screaming for these people, and as a business consultant, you can't help knowing who needs what.
Got a phone?
You're in business.
In fact, you may find you have more business than you can handle, in this case.
This is where your knowledge kicks in:
- Who else in this scenario had that information?
- Could the parties have done that by themselves?
- Who benefits?
- Did the agency do itself a favor by hiring a consultant who knew how to do these things?
- See any limit to the possibilities?
You're an industrial designer. Your client, a clothing manufacturer, has a production process out of the Stone Age, and wants much more efficiency in production, and reduced costs. They need it to be competitive, and to get bigger clients.
They also don't believe in cheap labor, because that just puts them in the same league as their competitors. They want to be better, not just doing the same thing. They don't get a competitive advantage, doing it like that.
You see the problem, and you know how to fix it. You don't produce an assembly line of pieces, being painstakingly put together by outworkers.
Instead, you throw the whole existing idea out, and come up with an automated production line. If machines can make cars, they can probably make shirts.
It works. Your client doubles production, with a relatively small outlay. You find yourself sitting on a pretty valuable set of patents, while you're at it. Suddenly everyone wants to know.
- Your knowledge and your skills have produced something new and valuable.
- You were given a problem, and knew how to solve it.
- You had the client who gave you the opportunity. You didn't go looking for it, but it came and found you. Your skill set, which is very broad, cast a very wide net.
People underestimate their own knowledge, regularly.
They can see what's wrong, and have an idea of what's needed to fix problems. It's a matter of putting themselves in a position to do that work, and use that knowledge and those ideas.
See where a new career can go?
A business consultant is a sort of broad based business network, by definition. Another very wide frame of references, across a career, creating other roles for the career itself. Literally careers developed from a career.
The example above has hit the jackpot, in several ways. Consultancy, networking, and new business.
An industrial designer is a broad based person, trained in manufacturing, as well as design, and learns problem solving the way other people learn the alphabet. It's part of the work, how to make things, and often how to make the machinery to make things.
In this case, a despecialized career, industrial design, which is extremely broad spectrum, has now created a career as an intellectual property owner, and provided further opportunities for development.
Add a bit of knowledge, experience, some ideas, and a few opportunities, and look what happens.
Neither of these examples was outside their skill sets. It was the general knowledge and ideas that created the career developments.
So have you.
All you need to do is see how to apply what you know.
Think about it.
Your own skills, ideas and talents don't simply relate to what you were taught. You don't get a qualification, and just mentally die, and stop learning and thinking, or you shouldn't.
They're a result of what's called extended logic, development of knowledge and ideas, beyond their original information.
Now- Do you see any options for your new careers?