You are ready to make a change in your career, but you are currently at a fork in the road. Do you stay within the same role in a new company, or are you ready for substantial change? Depending on the answer, you may have to go back to school to learn a new skill set. However, before taking on the financial burden, do research.
Call a hiring manager who has experience hiring for positions like the one you are interested in, ask what qualifications they are looking for and what would set someone apart from the pack in their pile of applications. Call someone who is in the current position you are seeking, ask what credentials they had at the time of hire. How they landed their job? What organizations they are involved in? What is their education level?
From these conversations decide if going back to school is for you and necessary to land your dream job, or if you could perhaps pick up these skills by volunteering or by taking a similar position that you are more qualified for. Write your plan on paper, develop a timeline, develop a budget and then go for it!
When looking for a new job, many people begin the process by reflecting on their career path, what they have done to get to where they are. Each person prioritizes past accomplishments differently. Many are proud of their education, whether it is the level completed or the institution that they attended. Others are proud of the work they have done, perhaps a project that they managed that achieved success and publicity, or taking a starter company to great heights. What many people overlook are their accomplishments outside of their specific career area.
Many employers and hiring managers find value in a job applicant who is active within the community they live in. Whether it is serving on a non-profit board, a member of a church organization, regular blood donations, or volunteering at the humane society, let that shine on your resume. These involvements will show the hiring decision maker that you have passion and drive for not only work, but for your life and your community. Your involvements can speak volumes about your work ethic and character, so let them!