Whether you’re changing industries or branching out into self-employment, the process can feel incredibly isolating. We have the control to change our perspective and we do not have to be unsatisfied in our current professional situation. We’re sharing 4 tips for what you need to know when breaking into a new industry. Keep reading to find out!

How to Break into a New Industry

1. Make Connections in Your New Industry

Whether you’re changing industries or branching out into self-employment, the process can feel incredibly isolating. Sometimes, it can seem as though you’re taking a few steps back, especially if you’re moving from a senior position into something more junior.

It’s critical to surround yourself with people who get what you’re about, understand the unique benefits and challenges within your industry, and can connect you with possible clients or other like-minded contacts.

2. Live and Breathe Your Industry (but still maintain that work life balance)

It’s key to immerse yourself fully in your chosen topic, particularly if you’re new to the field. When you’re changing industries, you have a lot to learn, but don’t allow what you don’t know to eclipse what you do (or what you can pick up). Notice what people are into or what’s currently trending. Read relevant blogs and study your competition’s websites and social media accounts.

Here’s why immersion is important: you’ll find the gaps in the marketplace or your desired industry—and you’ll be able to position yourself to fill them. The way to narrow the gap is to start learning, keep learning, and get a sense of what it’s all about.

3. Write Down Your Plan of Action

While dreaming about change is fun, to actually move industries you have to act. Change can often feel overwhelming, but studies show that breaking large projects down into small actionable tasks can be a gamechanger.

Sit down at your desk or kitchen table and actually make a list of your goals. Maybe the first involves networking, while the second involves setting up a website. Maybe you need to take a class or two. Writing down the steps you intend to take makes the process real. If possible, assign target dates to complete these tasks. Start small and be consistent. Changing industries is rarely easy, but having a plan will help you when you’re down on yourself or feel you’ll never succeed.

4. Vibrate High

Surround yourself with positive people, mantras, and energy. This may sound less important than LinkedIn networking or business classes, but taking care of your mental, physical, and spiritual health by exercising regularly, eating well, and making positive lifestyle choices in general gives you the energy to tackle your career shift. By taking care of yourself, you’ll be in the best position possible for when an amazing opportunity strikes—and you’ll seize it.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ve utilized these 4 tips for breaking into a new industry + any new tactics we should know about!

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