Ten Steps to a Successful Career Change
Interested in a step-by-step guide to changing your career? Everyone’s career path is different and it may take time to find your way. With major changes happening across America, this might be the perfect time to tailor-make a new career for yourself that follows your true passions. This bad economy is simply muck on a national basis. Microsoft started in the last recession – look at it now. Try these steps if you desire to make a change.
Figure out what is most important to you. Some important factors in job selection include income, the level of supervision, location, use of talents, and use of education and skills. Rank these items in order of value.
Consider the list of values. Could it be that your priorities were out of order when you choose your current job? If you can determine why you are not happy with your current job, you can be sure to avoid it in your next career move.
Brainstorm slight adjustments that you can make without completely changing the industry that you are in. Perhaps you would prefer to work in a different area of the company or in the same position but with a new employer.
Write down fields that you are interested in, should you decide that a complete change in occupation is appropriate. Record anything that comes to mind regardless of obstacles such as educational requirements and income.
Think about the items you wrote down and what skills, training, education and experience are needed for those jobs. How much time would it take to gain the experience you need? Are there any skills or experiences that your current job has provided for you that can help with a transition to another career? How can you improve upon you related skills?
Prepare a plan of action. If you need to go back to school, put together a strategy. Plan to train, research, update your resume, and apply to positions. Set a reasonable timeline for these things.
Stop by a career center for assistance. They can offer you skill tests, personality tests, and counseling. Discussing your ideas with someone can really help you to bring your thoughts into focus and bring clarity to your goals and desires.
Take advantage of what your career counselor has to offer. They can help you identify you best career choice, and advise you on how to be successful at landing a job in that field. Try meeting with a few different individuals until you find the right fit.
Keep learning all that you can about your perspective career. Research, go to job fairs, subscribe to newsletters, and meet people in that field. One of the best ways to learn about a career is from someone who has been doing it for years. Absorb any information you can find.
Network! Family, friends, coworkers, and associates might just know someone in the field that you are looking into. It is a small world, so don’t rule out any connections you may have. Don’t forget about connections online. Talk to people about your interest, because you never know who can help.
Following these steps can increase the chances that you will make a successful career switch and find a path that more closely aligns with your passions. Begin today!
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