3 Things to Start Doing Now to Move to a Creative Career
So you’re stuck in the day job and desperate for a creative career change. The best bits of your day are your lunch breaks, which you sneakily spend poring over the Arts Jobs website and day-dreaming.
Let’s make those dreams a reality, my lovely!
Start taking steps now and let’s discover the creative opportunities that are out there for you.
Learn About Your Dream Career
Presuming you know the direction you’re headed (you’ll find my blog post on how to work out what job you’d love to do when you’re stuck in one you hate here) your first step is to learn all you can about the career you want to move into; talk to folk who actually do it, learn what their days are like and check you really want to do that job.“When you dream of a creative career, learn all about the industry you want to move into; talk to folk who actually do it, learn what their days are like and check you *really* want that job.” - Moira Fuller, Craftiosity Click To Tweet
Look through your connections, and connections of friends to have a friendly chat – be clear you’re not asking for a job, but interested in their industry and looking for advice on what’s needed to successfully step into it.
If you’re struggling for connections, look online for interviews, careers advice from folk in that industry or speak to the receptionists for your dream companies. Yes, you may speak to a dragon who knocks you back, but in all likelihood they’ll receive a few calls like this and be able to signpost you in the right direction.
(Be ready to speak to their HR person if you get a lovely receptionist; have your questions ready, deep breath! Big smile in your voice!)
Skill Up In The Day Job
Once you’ve got an idea of what you need to get into your ideal job, check what skills and experience you’re missing and look at how you can get those in your current job.
If you dream of a design job but need experience of working with Adobe inDesign and to really tight deadlines, would your current boss support some shadowing in your marketing department for your personal development (even on your own time), and can you ask to be put on projects that will stretch you?
Start Doing The Work!
Whatever you want to do, start creating the work! The results may not be brilliant to begin, and that’s totally fine, but start, learn, develop, grow.
Create a body of work, share it online through a website or blog – keep developing and growing. It may feel like no-one’s listening when you start, but by creating a body of work you’re developing your skills, and showing you’re serious and consistent.‘Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway’ - Earl Nightingale Click To Tweet
Look for groups you can be a part of, online in your country and offline in your area; start to get to know the folk who work in and around your new industry.
While it may take a while for you to move into your dream job, you’ll find out about opportunities to collaborate and get your name out there – and no doubt make some new like-minded and inspiring friends.
Your career development is in your hands. So, over to you, what can you do in the next week to take steps in the right direction? Let’s go!
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