I am in the middle of making a complete career change. Currently, I am an aerospace engineer.
Last year I wrapped up my MBA and have since been researching and networking in order to figuring out the role and then job that I want to transition into. My main area of interest is in market research.
One of the hardest things about making a career change like this is getting enough experience or exposure in a field in order for a company to hire me. Does anybody have any suggestions about how to gain this experience?
One thing that I came up with is to shadow somebody that does this. For instance, I am trying to set up a situation with a friend of mine in market research where I help him every other Friday for a period of time. I told him upfront I want to make sure to add enough value to offset the slow down that I cause for him.
I think that if we can get this figured out it will be a great way for me to get my hands a little dirty.
Let’s say I shadow him for a few months and gain a good amount of exposure to the area of market research. How would I communicate that to any possible employer? Is there any way to put it on a resume? Should it fall into an interview conversation?
What are your thoughts?