One challenge for most people who want to switch careers is skill compatibility. The New York Times uses an interactive chart to show how the same set of skills can overlap in different industries. Two jobs have more skills in common than it might seem, and knowing how to make that case is key.
Justin Cornett’s story had been a 21st-century economic nightmare. He worked for 13 years on drilling rigs at a crude oil company near his home in Dorton, Ky. Then it halted production, and he was laid off. At 33, with two children and a mortgage, he couldn’t find a stable new job of the kind he had trained for, because all the oil and coal mining companies in the area were shutting down.