Whether you’re looking to change careers entirely or you just want to expand on your current job role, figuring out ways to innovate your career path is hard. Instead of looking through your list of skills to find what you can do to change paths, the Harvard Business Review suggests you take a look at your experiences.
If you tend to tie your experiences directly to a job or career, you might forget about the ways you can apply those experiences to other fields. When you’re looking for a new job, or even an entirely new career, it’s easy to pigeonhole yourself based on a skill set, but as the Harvard Business Review points out you can instead “turn the volume up” on experiences to find ways to innovate:
Visualize each of your experiences and skills in life as an instrument controlled on a sound mixing board. What if this experience were “louder” and this skill were “quieter”? What kinds of old experiences from divergent things could be used in new ways to change the overall “sound” of you?
The idea is that when you’re looking to change jobs you put a lot of emphasis on your skills and you end up narrowing your options. Instead, add value to your experiences to help you possibly see new places to go or careers to start.
Reinvent Your Career by Writing Your Own Narrative [Harvard Business Review]