So you’ve decided to leave your job – congratulations! Doing work you don’t like isn’t fun but it is a great way to clarify what you do like. Capitalizing on the experience, insights, and contacts developed over the last year can turn a boring job into a stepping stone to something better.
Consider the experience you’ve gained. You don’t want to sit in front of a computer all day, what else have you learned? Would you be happier in a more creative role? Are your days behind a desk are over? Do you like the corporate setting or should you explore community organizations? What do you miss from your education/past experiences? Inventory your likes, dislikes, and needs – what have you learned about the way you’d like to work and the kind of work you’d like to do?
Look at those around you, both in and out of the workplace. Who catches your interest (or envy)? What new roles have you been exposed to over the course of this year? Pull together themes that arise. Perhaps the roles that catch your attention all involve working creatively, or with the public, or perhaps they’re all in a particular industry.
Compare what you’ve learned about the kind of work you would like with the areas you find interesting. Talk to people in roles, companies or industries that interest you. Ask how they got there, what experience or education is needed, and what advice they have for someone looking to enter the field.
While some roles may require further training, it is entirely possible to enter a new field by developing related experience and capitalizing on the education you already have. Your computer science degree prepared you well for roles outside of the IT industry. Instead of focusing on your technical skills, emphasize transferable skills such as project management and analytical skills that will help you apply your education to other functions.
If you require specific experience, consider volunteering. If you require specific training consider part time courses, sometimes having relevant education in progress on your resume is enough to get you an interview.
Talk to existing contacts and develop new ones. Emphasize transferrable skills on your resume to help you move into new roles. Consider contract or entry-level positions to get your foot in the door. Most importantly, stay motivated. Small steps can help you make big changes.
Best of luck to you.