The Complete Guide to a Mid-Career Switch in Singapore

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Discover key considerations and tips for a successful mid-career switch, empowering you to transition to a new role with confidence.

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Get prepared with relevant tips for your mid-career switch!

Embarking on a mid career switch can be a very daunting but exciting journey. With Singapore’s rapidly evolving job market and with the AI-revolution on the horizon, more professionals are considering a change in their careers to pursue new passions or explore emerging opportunities and industries.

If you find yourself considering a fresh start or seeking a better sense of fulfilment in your career, this guide will help you take note of the key considerations that come with a career change, as well as how you can best ready yourself for the switch.

Assess Your Current Situation

Take a look at your current situation before making an informed decision. PHOTO: Pexels
Take a look at your current situation before making an informed decision. PHOTO: Pexels

Before committing to the leap into a new career, it’s important you take stock of your current situation and have a better understanding of where you stand; and if the career switch is in your best interest. Here are some tips to help you get started:

1. Self-Reflect

Reflect on your professional journey thus far. Consider the aspects of your current career and if it brings you satisfaction and fulfilment. Why do you feel the need for a career switch at this point of time and will it align with your own personal values? Here are some key points to take note of:

  • Identify Career Satisfaction – What aspects of your current work bring you satisfaction and why? Is it due to the sense of accomplishment you derive from completing challenging projects? or is it because you make a positive impact on others?
  • Examine Career Dissatisfaction – Reflect on the parts of your current career that leave you feeling unfulfilled or dissatisfied. Is it due to limited creativity and autonomy, or lack of growth opportunities? Or perhaps, it’s due to poor work-life balance?

2. Evaluate Your Skills and Strengths

Naturally, you’d want the transition to this new career to be as smooth as possible. Identify your unique skills, strengths, and areas of expertise. Consider both the technical and soft skills you currently apply to your current field and determine if its transferable to different industries.

3. Explore Your Interests

Once you have fully committed to the idea of a career switch, you ought to choose something that brings you greater fulfilment and joy. Whether that being helping others, or doing something that you truly believe in; Think about the activities that excite you and bring you gratification.

4. Seek Feedback

Confirmation bias can often lead to skewed decisions, and it’s best to ask for opinions from trusted friends, family and professionals who can provide an objective insight. They can give you a clear idea of your strengths, and the viability of the field you plan on switching to. This helps you identify blind spots that you would otherwise miss.

If you have a family that relies on you financially, it is best to discuss the financial implications of this mid-career switch with them as it could potentially lead to changes in your lifestyles.

Research the New Career Path

Researching your potential new career can bring powerful insights.
Researching your potential new career can bring powerful insights. PHOTO: Pexels

To better reinforce the viability of your mid career switch, you should do a little bit of research into the various industries and job sectors that you are considering. Here are some notes you can take note of:

  • The AI Revolution is Coming – As much as people would like to believe that AI would create more jobs than it destroys, the reality is that in the short-term, companies like IBM have actively cut jobs that can potentially be replaced by Artificial Intelligence.
  • Impending Recession – According to HSBC, The U.S. will enter a downturn in the fourth quarter, followed by a year of contraction and a European recession in 2024. This would naturally affect the job security and availability of various industries.

You should also utilize various resources and platforms to research new career options.

Utilizing Online Job Portals

Online job portals like LinkedIn, Indeed, and MyCareersFuture can help you get insights into the skills and qualifications you require for your intended role. Often, hiring managers will list out the responsibilities and requirements for the positions within the job listing. Take note of these requirements, and start attaining those relevant qualifications and know-how. Here is an example:

Moloco’s Job Listing Screenshot

Build a Professional Network

Networking can unlock hidden opportunities. PHOTO: Ahrefs
Networking can unlock hidden opportunities. PHOTO: Ahrefs

The power of networking cannot be underestimated. It is especially crucial during a mid-career switch because it helps you gain access to the ‘hidden job market’. There are plenty of job opportunities that are never advertised publicly and are instead filled through referrals or recommendations. Here are some ways you can start building your professional network:

1. Attend Networking Events and Conferences

Actively participate in the networking events related to your target industry. These include conferences, seminars, workshops, or any meetups in general. These are key opportunities to connect with industry experts and potential employers. Take this opportunity to ask thoughtful questions and engage in meaningful conversations to leave a lasting impression. Don’t forget to connect with them on LinkedIn!

2. Utilize Online Platforms

Joining industry-specific groups on platforms such an LinkedIn, Facebook or Slack will allow you to engage in discussions, share ideas, and connect with other professionals. You can also participate in various webinars, virtual conferences and perhaps even online forums to expand your connections and showcase your know-how.

3. Connect With Alumni and Peers

Reach out to your alumni network who are working in your target industry. You can do this by attending alumni events or connecting with them on LinkedIn. Having something in common in sure to help you build a better connection with them, and you can use this opportunity to either learn more about the industry, or ease its barriers of entry.

Financial Implications

Mid-career switches often lead to an inevitable pay-cut, which may put many off the decision. As mentioned before, it is best to discuss with those whose lifestyles depend on your income. One good tip is to always have 6 months to a year of savings in your bank account.

Government Assistance

If you are above 40 and looking for a switch in careers, you can embark on industry-relevant attachment programme lasting up to six months with approved host organisations to gain industry-relevant experience, develop new skills and boost their employability with SGUnited’s Mid-Career Pathways Programme for Mature Mid-career Individuals.

Final Thoughts

Remember that making a mid-career switch requires courage, perseverance, and a growth mindset. It’s normal to encounter challenges and uncertainties along the way, but with the right mindset and a solid plan, you can overcome any obstacles that come your way.

Stay resilient and maintain a positive mindset throughout your mid-career switch. Embrace the growth and learning opportunities that come with change, and remember that every step you take brings you closer to a more fulfilling and rewarding career.

If you need help acing that interview for the new job, be sure to check out our tips on 13 Job Interview Questions and Answers as well as our Ultimate Job Search Guide for Singapore in 2023.

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