If you’re thinking about pursuing a
graduate degree in a new field so you can make a career jump, there are a few steps you
can take to help determine if a career change is right for you. Keep reading for tips.
Before making the leap into a new career, you’ll need to make sure
that you can live off of your potential new income. If you’ve already
established yourself in your current field, you may be enjoying lifestyle
standards that a low level position in your new career of choice won’t
support. Do a bit of research on average entry-level salaries for the
new field that you’re considering and if you’re not dissuaded,
a career change may be right for you.
Research What’s in Demand
Of course, you’ll need the necessary skills for your new career field
before you can get anywhere. To get the knowledge you need and also stand
above your competition, find out what abilities are in demand. Investigate
postings for the career position that you want, and learn what skills
they require from candidates. Also, make the most use of the experience
and expertise that you already have by learning how they can apply to
your new career of choice, directly or indirectly.
Get Your Feet Wet
One of the best ways to gain experience when jumping ship is to take on
personal projects that apply to your chosen field. Not only will this
force you to learn more about the industry, but it will help you determine
if the career’s nature will be a good fit for you. Consider interning
or volunteering at a company you’d be interested in working for
so you can network and also gain insight into the business. With a bit
of experience, you’ll be better-prepared to make the decision to
change careers, and have a stronger platform to do it from if you decide
to make the leap.
If you’re considering a new graduate degree for a career change, contact
Seattle University College of Science and Engineering today. Give us a call at (888) 457-5227 to learn more about our graduate
programs in Seattle.