9 Tips for Getting a Job in a Field You Don't Have a Degree in ...


Finding yourself without a job after graduating college may have left you looking frantically for tips for getting a job anywhere you can, even in a field you have no experience in. I know the feeling girls! I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition Science and Dietetics after initially being very interested in health, even though my lifelong dream career and talent has been writing. I minored in journalism but changed routes last minute, which probably wasn’t the smartest thing, but I’m grateful to have a background and interest in two areas I’m passionate about. I also found that getting a degree in one field doesn’t mean you have to base your career in it if you can’t find a job in the field. I spent three years searching for a local job in nutrition and came up empty. I found the only options out there were mainly government based jobs that were underpaid positions for the amount of work I’d put myself in through school. I also found that the jobs didn’t match my personality at all. This left me looking for jobs in areas I had no experience in, until I could finally find a job in a field I was passionate about, which was of course, writing! If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, then I’ve got some great tips for getting a job in a field you have no experience in. I worked various odds and ends job in areas I had no expertise in for three years, even in the midst of a hard economy. No, they weren’t my dream job that I have now, but they did pay the bills for the time being. Check out these tips and let me know if you have any!

1. Networking

One of the best tips for getting a job you’ll ever receive from anyone is what the power of networking can do for your career search. I’m sure many of you have heard the saying, “It’s all in who you know”, and there is great truth behind that statement. It can be challenging to get a job in a field without experience, especially if we're a stranger to the company, and to the people who work there. Start your job search with the people you know. Where do they work? Is there somewhere they work that interests you? Or, does someone you know have a connection with another person at a place you're interested in working? Make connections and make everyone you know aware that you’re looking for a job. Then, tell them directly face to face if you’re applying at the company and have them put in a good word for you.

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