How to Change Careers even if you have No relevant Experience

Steff Holloway

30 September, 2017

Career change can be a daunting task for many individuals. And when you have no relevant experience in the field you’re changing your career to, it can feel like you’re stuck at the base camp without a map, trying to climb the Everest. That’s how intimidating career change without a relevant experience is. It may also seem like an impossible task to undertake. You may feel completely lost, and the whole idea of career change may seem like a bad idea to begin with. Despite how difficult and overwhelming career changing without a relevant experience is, you can accomplish it through a few simple ways.

Here are the Ways in which you Can Change your Career if you have No relevant Experience

Start from education – When you began your professional journey, what was the first thing you did? The only answer to this question is – get educated. No matter what kind of job you’re doing, training for the job is always required. If you are changing careers to a completely new field, it’s like starting a new career. Which means that you have to start from scratch – that is, get educated about the field you are willing to work at.  When you have no experience, education is your only companion. This is not to say that education can become an alternative, for nothing can take away the value of true hands-on experience, but education can provide a good starting point for your new career.

Use your previous job well- Just because you are moving to a new career in which you have no experience doesn’t mean you have no experience in life. Use the skills and experience you learned in your previous job to your advantage. All in all, it is the experience in doing work – any kind of work, that is important at the end of the day. Each work has more-or-less the same challenges; Working under pressure, handling deadlines, managing the dearth of time, working as a team, etc. Use all the professional qualities you acquired in your previous job to your advantage. You can add any work experience to your arsenal. It is only going to help you.

Don’t hesitate to start from scratch – Let’s get one thing straight – the fact that you are doing a career shift in an industry you have no real experience in, there is going to be a pay cut. Apart from the pay cut, everything you do in the new career is to be done from scratch. You will have to start building networks from scratch, as the contacts you might have made in your previous industry will no longer be useful in your new industry. All in all, you will have to acquire all the professional knowledge about your new career from scratch. When you quit your old job, you are not going to get a new career tailor-made for you. Even in your new career, you will have to work your way up, and it is always going to be like this. Whether it’s the third time, fourth and so forth. After enough career shifts, you will get used to starting from scratch and acquiring knowledge from a fresh start point. In fact, the process of starting from scratch is the reason why so many people prefer portfolio careers. The process in itself becomes joyous after a point.

Do some volunteer work – Volunteer work is the best way to get some hands on experience of the new field in which you are going to venture. It will give you a taste of the new world, and help you decide whether it is the right fit for you or not. Apart from that, it will also add as valuable experience when you go out to look for an actual job in the new field. Working as a volunteer or an intern is basically about getting a taste of the new industry. It is a crucial step as it will prevent you from making a wrong career shift if you recognize early enough that the new career is not the right fit for you.

Reach out to the experienced ones – Before embarking on the new career journey, you are going to need a little heads up from someone who has spent years working in that industry. Reach out to these people through your contacts; be it your friends, family, previous colleagues, etc. You can even randomly hit them up on social media. You’d be surprised to see how receptive and helping people are towards the ones who show the willingness to work in their industry. Tell them about your strengths and weaknesses, and enquire whether you are a good fit for this career or not. If you are, tell them about the relevant skills you have acquired so far, and are they good enough? The experienced professional in the new career will give you several valuable pieces of advice that will definitely help you in landing the new job effectively.


Making a career change can be a confusing and lost road. Use the above-mentioned tips to navigate your way through an efficient career shift, and nail your new career!