You know you are going to get asked why you're changing careers, so have the right answer up your sleeve. "You should have a pre-scripted answer that comes out in the interview seamlessly,” Gareiss says. Orisich also stresses the importance of interview prep -- and she speaks from firsthand career-shifting experience. Before becoming a career coach, she worked in corporate America for 13 years. “I always recognized my ability to get offers for jobs that I technically didn’t qualify for, particularly with respect to not having a four-year degree,” she says. “But if I had an innate understanding of what was required to get the job done and could convey that to the interviewer, I could win them over.” Go ahead, channel your inner Tom Cruise (circa Jerry Maguire).
Don’t head back to school…
If you’re trying to give up your job in finance to become a neurologist, you’re destined for the classroom. (Sorry, dude.) But if you’re not chasing a STEM career, consider your skills fluid. “The majority of people that I work with don’t find themselves needing to go back to school or even take additional classes,” Osirich says. It's all about what you can bring to the table beyond your written resume. Heathfield agrees: “Education, social sciences, psychology, communications, marketing, sales -- those skills move back and forth.” Amazing! You can finally put that liberal arts degree to good use. Suck it, dad.