It is common for experienced hires to switch careers after some years spent in a particular role/firm/industry. But for entry level roles, we have University graduates who desperately seek to work in the industry-of-their-degrees (IODs). The challenge with that is ‘many graduates chasing too few jobs’. Hence, survival instincts kick in. The need to just find ‘a job’ something to pay the bills. What many finds is that some of these vacancies are not in the IODs. Therefore, they might not be well equipped to perform well in that role.
Many of our working uncles/aunts discovered this trend early enough and advised their younger ones to do courses they perceive (based on current vacancies) to be relevant in the future. But such advice doesn’t apply to those who have obtained a degree already. The only option left is to port. That is, position themselves for roles outside what they’ve been trained for (aka IODs). Seeing that this is the case some of us have been applying strategies to stay relevant and present ourselves the best person for certain roles. While some others are reluctant.