Have you been frustrated with the availability of a specific type of job? Have you discovered that careers in your degree may not be as fulfilling as you dreamed? Are you looking to become even more well-rounded as an individual by dipping your toes into something new? The good news is that there is an answer to all of these things, and that answer may very well be to try applying to jobs you don’t necessarily have the conventional credentials for.
This may sound counterintuitive, but if you look deeper you’ll find that having a career directly related to your degree is less common than not. As a matter of fact, according to this Forbes article, while 62% of college graduates are working a career requiring a degree, only 27% work a job that relates to their major. So never fear, pursuing education is rarely an overall loss, however, the subject isn’t as imperative as the completion of a degree.
Now that we’ve covered the benefits and relevance of expanding your career horizons, you may be wondering how exactly you should go about doing so. In many ways it’s largely the same as seeking any other career. For tips on the general job search check out the OFJS guide to job search steps, this blog post on researching companies, and this blog post on negotiating your salary.
However, there are a few ways in which it’s different to be seeking something outside of your prior experience. For instance, you may need to reframe the jobs you’ve done in the past to present your most relevant experience to the job you’re currently interviewing for. Networking is also vital. If you ask around you’ll find that many people are in jobs they got into because of someone they connected with. A final tip is to pick up a side hobby which generates passive income. This will show that you are self-motivated and generates relevant experience.
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