If you don’t have a certain skill and are looking to get into a certain field, it becomes an immediate obstacle to getting your foot into that industry. It’s something that holds a lot of people back from realizing their dreams. Today, there are more opportunities than ever, to get the needed training and you don’t necessarily need to go to college to get it.
By some measures, ten thousand baby boomers are retiring each day. What this means for those still in the workforce is companies are left with a gap in resources. These resources need to be filled. In the past, if you didn’t have the skills to fill that gap, you were stuck, because there were plenty of people that could step up with the right skills. But, with the mass exodus of one large group of people, companies are less stringent about strict college requirements. If they aren’t now, they soon will be.
It’s a matter of common sense and economics. If you have a shortage of skills, you are going to be more lenient in who you find. This means that you can train yourself and approach companies to present your new skills. You won’t need a degree nor will you need much experience.
You may have to start out at a lower salary while they are training you. But, when you get the needed training and some experience under your belt, you will be in a better position to negotiate. It is possible the company training you will require you to stay for a predetermined amount of time. You will need to decide if this is acceptable to you. Remember, it’s about getting your foot in the door.
As far as where to find the training, believe it or not, you can start with YouTube. They have many training videos that can give you some beginning advice and instruction. When you go through some training, then you can step up your efforts and look for more advanced instruction. At this point, it’s a good idea to get on some mailing lists related to the field you are trying to break into. Involve yourself in forums as this is a good way to get familiar with the influential people in your field. Consider starting a blog related to this new field so you can add credibility to your efforts. Maintaining a blog shows you are serious about committing to the field.