Did you go into a specific career and then decide you didn’t like it even though you had the education and experience? Then a different career might be better for you.    

First Career: 

My client earned a B.S. and a Masters in Criminal Justice. His first job was as a Deputy Probation Officer. But he eventually decided he did not like working with people already in the legal system because of their significant problems. 

Second Career: 

He decided to become a tax accountant and went back to school for a Master’s in Taxation. He needed to apply for an Entry-Level Tax Accountant job. But we had to figure out the transferable skills which were not immediately apparent. We had to somehow connect the two professions. He also needed to find a way to talk about his intended transition in an interview.  

Tax and legal transferable skills

  • Case Documentation
  • Courtroom Representation
  • Case Load Administration  
  • Conflict Resolution    
  • Interviews / Investigations   
  • Regulation / Legal Compliance  
  • Analysis / Reporting
  • Staff Mentoring / Supervision  

We were surprised at how many skills were the same for both types of jobs. We also knew that an interviewer would understand that he was in a career transition because of his education.  

You might have already decided that you want another career. But you must know how to talk about the transferable skills in an interview and on your resume, particularly if they are not obvious. You can start by looking at the keywords in job postings as one way to identify the relevant skills.  

I am on my fifth career, so I know it is possible to change course. Visit my website for more information and to schedule a no-charge consultation with me.