For a long time, 'wise' career advice has been to specialize in one thing and have one focus in one's career.
For example, you're either a doctor or a magazine editor, but not both. And it made sense at one point. But as technology evolves, the way we work does, too.
Imagine a doctor who's spent nearly a decade to earn their title - only now they write articles, edit, or vet them for accuracy. This is a reality today as medical journals and informational sites need doctors to review their content and ensure they're valid and updated.
Similarly, a person might do their degree in English literature to pick up programming skills and get a job in training AI algorithms.
Now, more than ever, is there a need for people to explore and cross fields. There are many opportunities to grasp and new ways to make a living. And it's worth exploring how to merge different fields to create a new role.
But merging two careers isn't as simple as picking two random fields and forcefully merging them. It requires careful planning, consideration, and a strategic approach.
This post will guide you through the process of merging two different career fields and help you understand how to do so effectively.
How To Merge Two Different Career Fields?
As we cover the ways to merge or combine different fields to create a job, we'll also look at possible roles one can take on.
This means not only seeking existing jobs but also being open to starting a business.
Keep an open mind to possibilities you might not have considered before. You might need to build new skills or make yourself uncomfortable by, perhaps, putting on your entrepreneurial hat or going freelance.
Moving into a new field or combining them isn't easy. And there are many different aspects to consider. Let's dive into some steps you can take to merge two different career fields.
Start where you are
First, begin by assessing your current skills and strengths. Make a list and summarize your work experience.
Do you feel like there's a gap in your skills and need to build them?
Or perhaps you've been doing the same thing for so long that you're bored and need a change.
Doing a current career assessment will showcase opportunities for growth, change, or both.
For example, if you're an artist who has limited yourself to digital art, you might want to explore something physical like tattooing or working with clay. You'll find surprising ways to stand out by mixing your current strengths with a new area you can approach with fresh eyes.
Explore other fields
Never hesitate to try something new, no matter the field or your skill in it.
You should look at UX design, crochet, linguistics, psychology, or anything that interests you.
It's only when you immerse yourself in something that you can pick up enough details to find areas that can overlap with another field or subject.
For example, learning linguistics while programming opens up opportunities in AI or very niche jobs that are also highly paid.
So, be sure to read blogs, listen to podcasts, follow the news, and do free online courses.
Once you find something that interests you, it's time to dive deeper.
For example, if you're a content creator wanting to move into a marketing role. A course on marketing campaigns or psychology is powerful to help understand consumer behavior. You'll learn the art of persuasion, which will help you boost sales, make better content, and grow.
Or, you might be great at home management and want to share this with others. You can do so by learning how to create and edit videos, run online courses, and host webinars.
Remember, there are many online learning platforms like Udemy or Coursera. There are free YouTube videos and also books that will help you develop new skills.
Even graduation-level degrees like MBA or MSc in Data Science can be pursued online on platforms like UpGrad and Simplilearn.
Network & Ask in Communities
One of the best ways to find new opportunities crossing fields is to ask people about what they do.
You'll be surprised at the number of great jobs out there that no one has ever heard of.
For example, if you have a tech degree but don't have time for a full-time job, you could do admin work a few hours a day instead at a tech-based company. Many tech companies would like to hire people for non-tech-related tasks but with some technical background to understand the job and the company.
This doesn't mean you need a degree or need to be in a technical space. The point is to explore through communication and networking.
Join online communities, forums, or groups related to the fields you want to work in. Or just 'lurk' and listen in on communities like Quora, Reddit, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
You'll not only get insights, advice, and job listings but also interact with people who can advise you.
Even with all this research, you aren't necessarily in a place to start working in a new arena.
You still have to build experience in a new field for you to develop reasonable skills in it.
Some ways to go about it are to do internships, freelancing projects, volunteering, or part-time jobs. And this is something to do with solid boundaries: work for free once or twice just to get your foot in the door.
But even as few as six months of experience in the field goes a long way. Your experience will also convince employers that you are genuinely interested and capable of handling a new job.
Examples to consider
Do you need more practical examples of merging careers and fields? Here are some examples to think about.
- Virtually anyone can move to fields like digital marketing, blogging, content writing, and related roles. It's even better when you have a different background, like health, plumbing, or something else. That's when you can write about the other fields with experience to back your content.
- A programmer could shift to teaching or running online courses.
- A customer support executive from a tech company could use their communication skills in sales, public relations, or even human resources.
- A photographer can become an art director, photo editor, or marketer.
- A Yoga teacher or sports enthusiast can start a community learning experience.
There are probably hundreds of other ways to blend two fields together. Or more! What is important is that your open your eyes to new possibilities to find something that works for you.
Create a Strong Personal Brand
This tip is more about leveraging your skills rather than building a new one.
You open yourself to interest from other parties when you build a strong personal brand that reflects your unique blend of skills and interests.
You can do this by creating a personal website, establishing a strong presence on social media platforms, or showcasing your work through an online portfolio.
For example, if you're a software engineer who is passionate about digital art, you can create a website or social media page that showcases your digital art projects. This creates a strong and memorable impression for employers and clients alike.
Let the world know about your diverse skill set, and it will make you stand out in a sea of job seekers. And if you could establish a personal brand, then you won't even need to approach employers; they will come to you with job offers.
Start a Side Project
This is my favorite tip.
Launch a side project that showcases your current experience and skills and incorporates your new ones.
A side project can be as simple as a a blog, YouTube channel, or podcast. Or you can go a step higher and harder and start a business and create your own product.
Today, it's possible to use AI and readymade platforms to launch digital products.
Let's say you're a finance expert, you could package your experience by starting a YouTube channel or offering templates, spreadsheets, or personal coaching. These can be effective side projects that not only bring you more income but also help others grow.
Find Your Own Path in Multiple Arenas
Merging two different career fields opens up a world of new opportunities and experiences.
Rather than limiting yourself to just one domain, explore and expand your skills into different fields to make a fulfilling and dynamic career.
Especially today, when remote work and freelance opportunities make merging multiple career fields feasible.
So don't be afraid to take that leap and merge your passions and skills into a unique and exciting career path!