Are you attempting a career change? What kind of process do you think it will involve? Use all the title, do you believe it will only take six steps? Read on and I’ll show you. You simply need to take it just a little slow and be consistent on your path.
At one time career change didn’t happen too often. Now it happens frequently. Nowadays, as in the recent past career change is a natural life progression. You will see that in study after study the average person will switch careers many times over their lifetime.
To do this a little more easily just take this six step plan. This will help you get on the right course towards changing your career for ultimate success.
1. Assess what you like and dislike in the entirety.
Many people end up changing careers because they come to dislike their current job, their superior, maybe their company etc. Discovering what you don’t like will be likely the much easier portion of this step.
However, you won’t have good direction in your career change unless you take a hard look at what you like. What is it that you like doing when you’re at work? How about when you’re at home and doing things that you like in your off time? What gets your blood pumping? What do you see as your passion?
At this point you might not have a good grip on the answer. If so, you might consider taking a career assessment. An important part of this process will be to spend some time reevaluating yourself and using this career assessment to get you on the right path.
2. Finding some new interesting careers that you may like.
Let’s say you have a good grip on what your passion is. With that being the case, put some time into finding out what types of careers will fulfill your passion(s). It’s very likely that you might feel a little unsure at this point. That’s okay because this is part of the process of going through a career change.
Exactly how much you do in investigating careers and what you might be most fitted with will depend on how much change you desire.
3. Your transferable skills.
Leveraging could help you in your career change path more quickly. If you can use some of your present skills and experiences inside your new career, that will be a huge benefit to you. There’s nothing like switching it up a little in order to use your years of experience and skills to send you into a new career that is both rewarding and fulfilling for your passion. You don’t have to spend a great deal of time in intensive training or education.
4. Possible Education and Training
Although it may take some time to do, you might see it necessary to increase your education and skillset. This may take a little more time so don’t get too anxious to acquire what you need. Just enjoy the process.
Okay so don’t quit your job just yet. Perhaps the current job you have could benefit from these new skills you need to learn. It might be possible for your current employer to pay for your training. Starting out, simply take one or two courses to get a feel for whether or not you enjoy this subject matter.
If a new degree is required, ensure that the school you’re looking at has the proper accreditation. Find out how well they place their graduates. Also take advantage of the free counseling you can get from college counselors.
5. Continue to Network
A possible tremendous catalyst for you to switch careers quickly and successfully will be your ability to network with people and colleagues. Those that you know might have connections in order to get you job leads, mentor you for proper direction, or provide necessary information about the industry and companies.
You might think you don’t need to network. If that’s the case, you likely need it more than you know. Many of us need to actively engage in networking… It doesn’t come easy for some unless they actively work on making connections with others.
If you ways of networking might include joining professional organizations in your new field or maybe contacting past alumni or colleagues who are currently working in this new field you’re interested in. You also might consider doing informational interviews to help establish some networking avenues.
6. Flexibility Is Key
You will have to be flexible in practically all aspects of your current job and life to help the process. This might include your current job status, geographical location or income salary.
You’ll need to establish some proper goals, while also looking out for possible changes or problems along the way that you did not expect. Don’t let these trip you off your path. Just stay loose, consistent and patient as you steadily make your way towards your new career.