Summary:

There are a lot of reasons why people decide they want to change their career: your career goals or values may have changed; you may have discovered new interests; you may wish to make more money; or you may be looking to work more flexible hours. These are a few of the most common reasons why people adjust the trajectory of their career path.

7 Tips for Successfully Changing your Career

There are a lot of reasons why people decide they want to change their career: your career goals or values may have changed; you may have discovered new interests; you may wish to make more money; or you may be looking to work more flexible hours. These are a few of the most common reasons why people adjust the trajectory of their career path.

Deciding that you want to change your career can feel terrifying. Before you finalize your decision(s), be sure that you have properly considered your present situation, explored possible new career options, and determined that you have the necessary experience/knowledge to be able to perform well in the jobs that you are considering.

Here are some tips that can help you prepare, before you proceed with making a transition:


1.- Evaluate your current role


Think about how a normal workday plays out for you. What are the situations that you typically face? What elements of your work do you enjoy? Conversely, what are those that you dislike? Are you getting satisfaction from your accomplishments?

While you are pondering these considerations, there are some things you can do at your current job in advance of making a career change.


2.- Analyze your interests and skills.


Think back on your previous jobs, volunteer work that you’ve done, and personal projects that you’ve enjoyed. Do this to identify what activities you enjoyed the most, which ones provided fulfillment, and which you were good at. Knowing this will help you get a clearer idea of what elements need to be part of your next career and what you are desiring and expecting to get from it.


3.- Check out various possible options.


Research what jobs are available in the market right now and decide which ones are a good match for you. You can uncover a wide variety of options just by googling jobs using keywords that are characteristic of the work that you are looking for.


4.- Try it out

Once you identify a career path that might be a better fit for you, look for volunteer and freelance opportunities related to it. Short-term job shadowing can also provide you with an insider’s view of what it is like to work in a specific organization. Too many people jump from one disappointing job to another because they didn’t take sufficient time to understand what they were getting themselves into.


5.- Learn more about it


Do research, and lots of it! Look for information that provides you with more knowledge about your new field, occupation, and potential employer. Consider attending webinars, online courses, demonstration classes, or conventions to learn more about how the marketplace works and what employers are looking for when considering candidates for a job.


6.- New job in the same industry

Pivoting your career does not always mean doing a full 180 degree turn. Sometimes you can find a job that fits you better in the same industry that you are working in. This way, you retain your transferable industry knowledge and related skills, making it easier to find work. 


7.- Expand your current network


Start looking for opportunities to join events related to the field you want to enter. Prepare an elevator pitch, and use it while connecting with classmates and socializing with friends. Let people know what type of position you want, and how your experience will help you to succeed at a new job, even if it looks like you’re making a big leap into new territory.

Look for ways to think of your valuable experience and skill sets as advantages, not  impediments. All experience is meaningful and has value when viewed in the right context. How could the combination of yours possibly give you an advantage in your future career?

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