Whether you are looking to make a slight shift in your career direction or want to effect a more dramatic career change, there are many things to consider.*
It’s unusual to make a direct lateral or upward move when you switch careers. (In other words, mid-level attorneys rarely immediately become mid-level screenwriters.) It’s more likely that your first job in a new career will be a lower step onto a different ladder.
This investment may be the proverbial one step back to take two steps forward, or it may be an actual investment in training or education that will position you to make your desired career change. Either way, this investment will clearly demonstrate to potential employers that you are committed to this new direction and they will be more inclined to take you seriously.