“I really want a career change. But how do I break into a new industry without having work experience in that field?” This is a question I’ve heard countless times in my ten years of working in higher education. Sometimes the question comes from undergraduate students, sometimes from graduate students or alumni, or even from my friends who come to me seeking career advice. Unfortunately, there is never an easy answer to this age-old question. It’s a chicken-and-egg situation: how do I get a job with no work experience, and how do I get work experience with no job?
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