3 Ways to Reinvent Your Career

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You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Take a second to picture your dream career. What does it look like?

If it differs from your current role, it’s not too late to make a change from one department or industry to another. While it may be intimidating at first, there’s great reward that comes with following your passions and reinventing your career—no matter what stage, level or title currently describes you.  

If you’re looking for ways to reinvent your career, follow along for advice to pave a new pathway.

1. Identify personal and professional skills.

As you consider switching to a new career, take time to assess yourself. What skills have you acquired in your personal and professional life to date? Make a list of both your soft and hard skills.

Soft skills often define how you work with others and your personal attributes. Examples include:

  • Collaborative
  • Motivated
  • Persuasive

Meanwhile, hard skills are those professional skills that are required for a specific profession. Examples include:

  • Administrative
  • Technological
  • Analytical

Identifying these skills will help you explore possible careers paths that match your interests.

Not sure which career fits you best? Take the Career Survey to find a career(s) closest to your personal strengths and skills.

2. Find a mentor.

In today’s interconnected world, it’s easier than ever to network. Find a mentor, either online or in-person, to connect you with resources and opportunities to advance your knowledge in industries of interest. 

A mentor can provide invaluable guidance to you as you explore different career paths. Ask questions, seek advice and look for ways to build your resume.

Since your mentor knows what skills are needed to succeed in your chosen field, he or she can point you in the right direction when it comes to furthering your education. For example, a mentor may be able to recommend a certification in your field to make yourself more attractive to potential employers.

Additionally, mentors can introduce you to other working professionals. This is extremely beneficial when applying for internships and jobs that expand your expertise.

3. Consider a career in insurance.

Did you know that by 2020, the insurance industry is projected to have nearly 400,000 available positions, with 29,000 of those in Ohio?

If you’re looking to make a career change, insurance may be right for you. With more than 245 insurance companies calling Ohio home, career options in this field are limitless, especially for those with past experience and skills sets. From accounting clerk and claims adjuster to maintenance technician and customer service representative, the insurance industry offers job stability to career changers. Take a look at example professions in the insurance industry:

  • Administration
  • Claims
  • Finance
  • HR & Training
  • Law & Regulation
  • Operations
  • Sales & Products
  • Technology
  • Underwriting & Analysis

Did we mention jobs in insurance are rewarding? You can take pride in helping others during stressful situations by addressing their worries, answering their questions and solving their problems.

If you have questions about a possible career change to insurance, we’d like to put you in touch with a successful professional who’s willing to share their experiences with you. Simply visit the Ask a Pro page and fill out the necessary information. We’ll match you with a working insurance professional who can answer your questions. It’s that easy!


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