I recently caught up with an old friend of mine who I hadn’t seen for a few years. When I had first met Penny, she was a very successful physiotherapist with an established practice and regular clientele. Over dinner I happened to ask her how her business was going and she told me that a year ago she had sold her practice and she was now working for a leading telecommunications company as their Communications Manager.
Not quite the response I had been expecting.
Penny went on to explain she had not felt challenged for quite some time, and whilst she had been “totally fed up with being a physio”, she had not been prepared to throw it all away and start from scratch. She knew that she possessed several skills and competencies that could certainly be transferred from the health sector to the corporate world, which is where she ultimately wanted to be.
Your transferable skills can determine not only how realistic a particular career change could be for you, but also how easy it will be for you to sell yourself to a prospective employer in your newly chosen field.