I think it’s natural to get to this part of the fall and be contemplative about our work lives. Is this it? Is there more out there for us? In this video I talk about alternative careers for SLPs. Maybe there are some options you had never even considered!! Burnout is real.
There are a couple Facebook groups devoted to helping people in professions like SLP, OT, and PT who are looking to get away from the daily grind of treatment. If you are interested in joining those groups, I put links to them in the description of the video: Video: Several Alternative Careers for SLPs
In the video, I discuss both next steps if you are ready to transition out of work in direct speech therapy as well as careers that are out of the field too.
Changing careers can be a daunting task, but it is exciting. It’s a chance to pursue a new passion. If you’re considering making a change, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Also, consider what’s the easiest step you could take: maybe just moving up inside the organizational structure of your current employer.
Do your research. The first step is to do your research and learn as much as you can about a different field that may pique your interest. Talk to people who work in the field in Facebook groups, read industry publications, and attend networking events.
Identify your skills. Once you have a good understanding of a possible option, you need to identify your skills and experience that are transferable. This will help you determine which jobs you’re qualified for and which ones may require additional training.
Network. Networking is essential for any job search, but it’s especially important when you’re changing careers. Attend industry events, connect with people on LinkedIn, and reach out to your personal contacts.
Be prepared to start at the bottom. I think this is the hardest pill to swallow, but you might not have to start all the way on the bottom. You will need to learn the ropes of your new industry and build your new network.
Be patient. It takes time to change careers. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t find your dream job right away. Keep networking, keep learning, and keep applying for jobs.