Sometimes we just lose interest, or we might find something that appeals to us much more. Maybe your corporation is downsizing, the reasons are almost endless as to why you might want a new job and even a new career change.
You should take it slow but, ultimately if a career change is what you’ve decided on, you can devise a plan that will make sure you can lay the groundwork for a successful transition.
Changing careers is a natural progression in life and there are steps you can take to make it much easier and stress free…
- Assess your likes and dislikes: Understanding your dislikes might be the easy part, many people change jobs because they either don’t like their boss, job or even the company. When it comes to identifying your likes, it might be a little more difficult. Until you do, you won’t know what direction you will need to take your career. Discover what interests you, revitalizes you, and what you really enjoy while at work and at home, this will help prompt you in the right direction.
- Research new professions: Once you’ve discovered your focus, research all the career possibilities centered around it.
- What are your interchangeable skills: You need to hone in on all your current skills and experiences that will be relevant to your new career. It might surprise you what a strong set of skills you already have.
- Preparation or education: If you find that you need to update your abilities or familiarity with a particular skill set, take it slow and make sure you really enjoy the subject matter.
- Networking: Contacts within your network can be a huge asset. They can assist you in job leads, introduce you to their colleagues or offer you advice.
- Expand your experience: If you are starting in a new industry, consider getting a part time job or volunteering in that field. This will give you much needed experience and help reinforce your decision.
- Obtain a mentor: Changing careers is a huge decision, a mentor can help you through the times when you are unsure of what you are doing, plus they will have a network of their own to introduce you to.
- Consider your current company: Not all employers can offer you a new job in another field so, more than likely you will need to switch companies. However, don’t overlook your current firm, they just might be able to help you be productive in a new capacity.
- Back to the basics: If it’s been awhile since you’ve been job hunting, refresh yourself on the fundamentals. You will need to spend some time researching companies, your resume, cover letter, interviewing and even salary negotiations.
- Flexibility: keep an open mind on just about everything. Set positive goals for yourself but expect some obstacles and don’t get discouraged. Keep in mind that besides a completely new career, even a lateral move can open new doors for a big career change.
The bottom line is that a new career change can be exhausting and take quite some time depending on how far away from your goal you are.
You might need to go back to school, take a pay cut, become employed in a transition position, volunteer or network all while you are holding down your day job.
Set your expectations accordingly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself and be patient with the timeline and there is no doubt you will get to your dream job!
What is your best tip for changing careers?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy