Monday, Apr 22 2019

How to Change IT Tracks Mid-Way Through Your Career

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How to Change IT Tracks Mid Way Through Your Career

 

Many tech professionals would assume that switching to a new IT specialty wouldn’t be overly challenging. After all, they have a base level of technical expertise to draw from, so wouldn’t many of their existing skills be highly transferable?

While that is true to a degree, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some difficulties ahead. Changing IT tracks does take work, particularly if you are shifting into a tech field that is highly different from where your career is today.

However, just because it may pose a challenge doesn’t mean it is impossible. If you want to change IT tracks mid-way through your career, here are some tips to help you pull it off.

Do Some Research

Your first step in making a successful transition is to research your new target IT field or ideal position. This allows you to see which skills and experiences are vital to those roles, giving you a solid understanding of what you need to bring to the table. Plus, it lets you know which jobs you actually have a shot at landing at this point, as you may need to focus on entry-level roles to shift into a new specialty.

It also allows you to learn about any education, training, or certification requirements that fall outside of your current area of expertise. Many IT specialties rely on vastly different core skill sets, so making yourself aware of the difference is a must. That way, if you need to acquire additional skills, training, experience, or education, you are able to pursue that path now, ensuring you have everything you need to make the transition in the near future.

 

Revamp Your Resume

Once you understand and acquire the skills, experiences, and education you need, then it is time to update your resume. Along with highlighting your new capabilities, you also must identify transferable skills that you earned in your current and previous roles and include them.

Reflect on your experience and select achievements that showcase your value based on the requirements of your target role. These may differ dramatically from the accomplishments you listed in the past depending on how much your new career path deviates from your IT career as it stands today.

 

Find the Right Opportunities

When you change IT tracks, you are really asking an employer to give you a chance in a new field. At times, making a switch at your current company may be a more viable option, especially if you have a solid reputation.

Similarly, smaller businesses may be more accepting of a transition or could have jack-of-all-trades positions that could allow you to grow your skills in your new target field while still using the ones you have acquired thus far. If you find a job ad that only lists a few critical must-have skills (and you can bring them to the table) and says that the company is willing to train the right individual, then that could be worth exploring as well.

 

Find a Great Career with the Help of The Armada Group!

Ultimately, it is possible to change IT tracks mid-way through your career, but you may need to put in some effort to make it happen. If you would like to learn more, the team at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak with one of our recruiters today and see how our career transition expertise can benefit you.