The lessons to be learned by these examples are:
1. Think outside the box regarding the types of jobs where your current skills and experience will have value.
2. Consider setting your sights on the job, rather than a specific department. While IT certainly provides great opportunities for technical professionals, so do software vendors, consulting firms, and other business models that provide technical services.
3. If at all possible, try to change professions without changing companies. This approach will allow you to maintain your current salary level while gaining experience and marketability toward your new career direction.
4. Sometimes the best way to reach your desired professional goal is by taking an intermediate step, such as the audit example, that helps you gain the skills needed to move you closer to your ultimate destination.
5. Be careful when switching jobs or professions. There is the potential that your new role may bring with it some undesirable attributes, such as extensive travel, as described in the consulting example.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to build your professional brand.
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