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My best career transition advice

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Do projects for companies
Published
Mar 1, 2022 11:45 PM
Last updated
Sep 25, 2022 5:35 AM
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Career & Life

ASU W.P. Carey asked me for a short quote for some career transition resources. It was published here.

Other than professional practices like medicine and law, which legally require a certain credential, you can transition fairly easily into any career path.

The quickest way is to start learning on your own. You need 2 things to get your next job:

  • The ability to create value for companies (up-skilling yourself)
  • The ability to prove it (portfolio projects & networking)

The most effective way I’ve found to both up-skill yourself AND transition into your new career at the same time, is to:

  1. Pick a company you’d love to work for
  2. Teach yourself a new skill by completing a project for them, without even asking
  3. Find a company leader’s email, using a free online email finder tool
  4. Email them your project & offer to do more if they like it
  5. Repeat until hired

Everything you need is available for free on the Internet; just get curious, dedicate at least 30 minutes per day, and give yourself permission to fail fast & learn quickly.

Do real projects for exciting companies.

That’s the one-liner. (And that‘s what I’d like Sidedoor.to to become one day.)

Thanks for reading.

Originally published @March 1, 2022

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