We regularly talk to alumni that are trying to make a transition to a new career path. The challenge is that they are really good at what they do currently. You may be asking why that is a challenge. If they are good at their job, it shouldn't be hard to find a new job. The challenge is that they dislike the work that they excel in. They don't want to do that work anymore, but aren't sure what to switch into or how to go about the transition.
One way to explore career options is by dividing options into a grid comprised of two continuums where the functions and industry range from similar to the current role or different.
This may help you explore options where you can use your industry knowledge in different roles or use your functional knowledge in different industries. Options in quadrant 1 will involve an easier transition because of the similar to both the current function and industry. However, because the alumnus in this discussion dislikes what they are currently doing, this quadrant is not an option.
Options in the two quadrant 2's, would involve a more difficult transition, but the alumnus could either market their functional skills or industry knowledge. Which quadrant is the better one to consider will depend on whether the alumnus dislikes the functional tasks or the industry they are currently in.
Options in quadrants 3 will involve the more difficult transition because it involves different functions and different industries. Time may need to be spent building knowledge, skills and training for these new areas.
As the alumnus decide what to pursue, he will need to consider what he enjoys, where he excels and the market demands.