How to Change Careers Without Formal Credentials

By Carlos Portocarrero

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A lot of people work in one field but secretly wish they were in another.

The accountant that dreams of being a writer. The engineer that wishes he was a carpenter.

We all have these feelings. Most of us, however, suppress them.

  • It’s too hard
  • It’s too late
  • I can’t do it
  • I don’t have the money
  • My head is in the clouds

It’s because of those kinds of excuses that we stay in the jobs we’re in. It’s the reason why we stop growing as we get older. It’s the reason why we get more and more unhappy as time goes on.

And when we do meet someone who has done it, who has managed to put the work in and take a leap of faith and—surprise, surprise—show us it can indeed be done, we feel like losers. It’s that strange combination of envy and jealousy that can either motivate us or bury us even deeper into our daily rituals of normality.

Sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it?

Fear not! This post is a positive one—I want to share a post that has the potential to get you off your ass and into action.

Most of us think that starting a new career or learning something new takes years and thousands of dollars. It doesn’t have to.

Check out Michael Ellsberg’s fantastic (and now infamous) 8 Steps to Getting What You Want Without Formal Credentials.

In it, he shows a way to get around the whole credential problem. He shows you the importance of the informal job market.

He shows you a way out.

So if you’re ready to take that leap and commit to finding a way into a career that has more meaning and depth, make sure to check out the post.

It could change your life.


2 Responses to “How to Change Careers Without Formal Credentials”

  • Lucy Glib Says:

    I was recently wrestling with two job offers, both with very similar compensation packages. One was more ‘familiar’ work that I knew I could easily hit the ground running. The other contained some unfamiliar challenges, and that is what I ended up going with. The risk is greater (I could fail at something new) but the reward is greater as well (better for my resume, more career and financial upside).

    • Carlos Says:

      It sounds so obvious when you see it in words…but when you’re making this kind of decision it is NOT easy. I commend you for making the “right” choice. I’m sure it wasn’t easy

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