With a new year comes new beginnings. If you’re interested in changing careers in 2015 — but aren’t sure where to start — this post will help.
Are you looking for a fresh start in 2015? Perhaps a career change?
If you know you want to change careers, but aren’t sure what options are available to you, a new chart from LinkedIn may give you some ideas.
LinkedIn mined millions of profiles, noting when people hopped from one industry into another. With this data, they created a career change chart. Using it, you can easily see which careers people from your industry have switched into.
Which career is calling your name?
Here are some examples of careers people transitioned from and into:
- Journalist to Marketing specialist, public relations specialist, author/publisher
- Mechanical engineer to Salesperson, project manager, software developer, civil or product development engineer
- Medical assistant to Clinical research specialist, nurse, administrative employee, salesperson, physician/surgeon, medical administrator
Though some of the results aren’t surprising, one thing did stand out to us: sales is the most common career transition.
Sohan Murthy, author of LinkedIn’s blog about this data, explains: “Because nearly every business requires a sales function, there are many instances of members transitioning into sales from a wide variety of careers. As such, ‘salesperson’ is the largest dot on our graph. The same is true for careers like project managers and marketing specialists.”
No matter what career you want to transition into, be sure to do your research beforehand. These posts from the Brazen archives are a good place to start:
- 10 Warning Signs You Need a Career Change
- How to Change Careers Even If You Think It’s Too Late
- 6 Appealing Skills to Include on Your Resume When You Change Careers
- Looking for Something Different? 7 Top Jobs for Career Changers
- Switching Careers? Why — and How — You Should Start Budgeting Today
Are you interested in changing careers? Do you know what field you’d like to go into?
Susan Shain (@TravlJunkette) is a travel blogger who loves helping people discover adventure through international travel or alternative careers.