How to Make a Major Career Switch

Are you still clueless as to what you want to do for a career? Having regrets about your college major? Not sure where to start? Me neither.

College is one thing, but working a job rather than studying is a totally different dynamic. No matter how many internships or job shadows people do, I know so many people who graduate and are lost. Me included!

My background: I studied hospitality and tourism in school. I loved leaning about service, food, travel, accommodations. Everything. I thought I found my dream major. I interned at a major hotel and even interned at Disney World hotels. It was all awesome. Now I work in law. What?!

When I graduated, I got a job as a hotel manager in South Carolina. It was an exempt position, so basically I worked 80+ hours a week, I never had a weekend off, and would have to work 2nd or 3rd shift some nights. The job was a lot of fun, but it was not sustainable for long.

So I quit my job without another one lined up. I ended up moving and got a job doing marketing an human resources at a large law firm, and I love it. It is quite a switch, and you’re probably wondering how I did it. Here’s my advice:

1. Focus on what you want.

Finding a new job is hard, and finding one in a different field is even harder. Know what you want in a job and stick to it.

2. Know yourself as a brand.

Have you ever taken a marketing class? If you know how to market a product, you can market yourself. Know your strengths and capitalize, but be honest about your weaknesses and how you can spin them positively.

3. Be confident.

This can be easier said than done. I have applied to many jobs outside my field in the past and felt confident right until the interview.  The interviewer most likely will question your experience and credentials. This is where confidence is so necessary! If you don’t appear confident in yourself, why would an employer feel confident in hiring you? Practice confidence every day, and know that you’ve got this.

4. Find similarities between what you have done and what you want to do.

A big part of my degree was event planning. When I applied to my current job, experience event planning was something they were looking for. So I honed in on it during my interview, and set myself apart. Making the connection and capitalizing on it will likely have an employer looking to you as a specialist.

5. Have patience.

By making a career switch, you may not be the obvious candidate but with a lot of hard work and patience, it will pay off!

If you have personal or specific questions on making a career switch, I would love to connect with you. Feel free to email me at

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2 thoughts on “How to Make a Major Career Switch

  1. Done something like that too. From Customer Service/Team Lead guy to writer/blogger. In my case, however, it was because my old job’s office environment was no longer supportive or fun (it became toxic), so I had to move on.

    You can add this piece of advice: If you want it, just take the plunge. You can certainly make preparations, but you shouldn’t be paralyzed and wait until everything is perfect. They never will be. Again, if you want it, just jump. You’ll likely be better off several years from now.
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    1. Great advice! You can prepare all you want, but sometimes you just have to jump and stop being so afraid. Glad you found a new environment that is less toxic….been there and that is not fun!

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