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Pivoting and Changing Careers in a Shifting Economy

It’s common to take stock at milestones to re-evaluate career goals, and decide if the current path is still right for you. Today, massive shifts in the workforce has prompted many to look ahead at their careers and reassess their wants and needs out of their work. If you find yourself in this situation, here is how to pivot and change careers. 

Determine your growth goals  
Individuals with in-demand skills can re-evaluate traditional corporate pathways in favor of managing their own careers on their own terms. That is, how do your interests align with the organization’s goals and how can a new role meet shared objectives while deepening and broadening your skills and capabilities? Think of your career from your personal standpoint, as a journey to deepen and broaden your skills and capabilities. Make a list of what you truly want to get out of work, which may include managing a team, acquiring new digital skills, or transition to a new field where you find meaningful work for your abilities and goals. 

List your transferable skills 
Because of the rapid shift in economic demands, some sectors can’t add talent fast enough to keep up. For workers who find themselves searching for jobs, making the leap is possible into new areas where previous skills apply. Here are transferable skills to highlight on your resume and consider when searching and applying for new roles in fast-growing fields like logistics or customer service.

Develop next steps through upskilling   
We know that versatile soft skills will pay off in the long run, even or especially while the future of work feels uncertain. The ability to project manage, relate to colleagues, speak in public and other human skills will be consistently relevant over time even amid changes. If you have time to bolster your education, you can spend time nurturing and developing these soft skills. Currently, ManpowerGroup is offering 60 days of free access to Percipio for online learning. 

In short, the ability to constantly learn new skills for changing roles will be the skill of the future. The future is improving for employability, as long as workers continue to learn, adapt and grow. With an eye to the future, workers can increase their employability and find new ways to succeed.