Deciding to change your career to do something in the field of media can be a daunting and exciting prospect. People change their careers for a variety of different reasons, and whatever your reason is, it’s not as difficult to change careers as you might think with the right approach, even if your current career is something drastically different from a media-related position. We’ve put together a list of top tips that you might like to take into consideration when deciding to take the leap from your current career in media.
You Don’t Only Get One Chance
When changing careers, many people make the mistake of thinking that they will only have the one chance to make a successful career change to a different field. However, this is not true – if you do not succeed the first time, you can always try again or even change your mind. Many people change career direction several times in their life, so try not to get too bogged down with finding your ‘true calling’.
Take a Gradual Approach
Although some people want to instantly change their career, it’s much more realistic to take a gradual approach to changing your career over time. This may mean making changes to your current job role, taking extra classes in the evening in order to help you gain the qualifications that you need to pursue your chosen media career, shadowing somebody in a media role, or expanding current skills and learning new skills in order to make yourself more attractive to potential employers. This may also mean that you will be able to gradually move into your new media career by a gradual series of jobs rather than start at the bottom with entry level film jobs and entry level pay.
Keep Your Resume to the Point
Although it can be quite tempting to include every little bit of information about your qualifications and previous jobs on your resume, it’s important that you try to keep it to one page or two pages at the very most. This is because employers don’t have the time to look and read through lengthy resumes, especially if there are a large number of applicants for the role. Make sure to keep your resume as relevant to the job that you are applying for as possible, and keep it concise and to the point. The most important thing when writing a resume is to design it in such a way that it will capture the employer’s attention and make them want to learn more about you.
When it comes to pursuing a media career, networking is important. You will want to meet as many people as possible who will be able to put you in the direction of new roles, give recommendations, and teach new skills. You should attempt to attend as many networking events as possible for your chosen field of media, and also use social media such as LinkedIn to help you connect with professionals.