- October 14, 2022
- Posted by: Ejiro Diemijenyo
- Category: Career
7 STEPS IN MAKING A CAREER CHANGE
Are you thinking about changing your current job, business or career? If yes, then there are a number of things to consider before making that career change.
A lot of people consider changing their careers due to a number of reasons: Money/salary, uncomfortable working environment, discouragement, unsatisfied leadership, stress, unrecognized skills and accomplishment and many others.
Career changes in adulthood are common, but they can be intimidating if you don’t know where to begin and making a career change would surely affect one’s wellbeing and general lifestyle. If you want to make a change but aren’t sure what step to take next, Let’s discuss a few things that you can consider before making a career change:
1. Start by defining what you want your career to look like
When you’re thinking about career change, it can be tempting to start by listing all the jobs that might interest you. But that won’t help you figure out what type of job will best fit your needs and interests. Instead, start by defining what kind of job would make sense for you.
Start by being specific and realistic about what sort of person or organization could offer the kind of work environment that meets your needs best. For example: “I want an office environment where I can work remotely; I don’t like meeting new people so much.” Or: “I want an internship with a company that has great benefits and flexible hours.” These are just some examples—the point here is not to list everything out loud but rather think through them until they become clear in your mind (that takes time!). Once they’re clear in our minds then we should feel comfortable sharing those thoughts with potential employers without any hesitation because they reflect reality—not just someone else’s idea!
2. Consider a new path or skillset
This means that you’ve found yourself in a situation where your current career isn’t working out, but there’s no evidence of any kind of specific plan to move forward. Maybe you’ve been hired by the end of next year and are still wondering what to do with your life after that; maybe you’re trying hard not to get married because everyone says getting married will mean spending less time at work. In either case, it may be that there’s some aspect of your job (or other) life that could use some improvement—and doing so would also improve things for everyone else around them!
3. Research the job market.
To start, look at the job market in your area. The best way to do this is by looking at the jobs available on Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com, which are both free to use if you have an account with either company.
You can also search for similar positions in other cities or states, but it’s important not to get too far away from where you live—you may want to stay close enough so that family and friends won’t be too far away during work hours (and vice versa).
4. Network with people already doing the job
Networking is one of the most important steps in making a career change.
Networking isn’t just about finding a job—it’s also about building relationships with people who can help you advance your career by introducing you to new opportunities, sharing their expertise and advice, or recommending candidates they know who might be good matches for what you’re looking for.
If this sounds like something that would interest you, here’s how to get started:
Find people in your industry who have been there longer than yourself so that they can give advice on how things work now and what changes are coming down the pipeline (or already underway). They’ll likely know more about where top opportunities are going up next than anyone else because they’ve been there before!
5. Choose how to make a return on investment in yourself.
Once you’re sure that the new career is right for you, it’s time to decide how much money and effort you want to put into it. This will help determine whether or not the project is worth your time and energy.
If you want a return on investment in yourself, consider taking a course or learning a new skill. For example, if you have an interest in writing but don’t have formal training or experience as an author, then getting certified by becoming certified at an online writing school is an excellent option for investing in yourself! Investing in yourself also means making efforts toward building up your resume—if there’s no job available at the moment because companies are hiring now due to increased demand during this economic recovery period (like myself), then chances are good that when things start looking better again soon enough we’ll be back where we started from before trying something else instead.”
6. Build a support team
Create a support team. You’ll need people who will help you make the transition from one career to another, and they don’t just have to be your friends or family members—you can find them online, too! For example, there are numerous websites where you can post questions about your job search and get advice from other employees at similar companies. You might also consider joining an online forum for people who are making similar moves in their careers (like our own Career Change Network).
7. Remain flexible and positive, even when it’s hard
The first step to making a career change is to remain flexible and positive, even when it’s hard.
Be willing to learn and adapt: You may have a degree in one field or be perfectly qualified for one job title, but if your skillset doesn’t match what’s needed at the moment, don’t be afraid of trying something new. In fact, learning new things can help you discover hidden talents that can open up doors for advancement down the road—and who knows? Maybe there will even be an opportunity in some other area completely unrelated from where you started!
Don’t get discouraged by setbacks: There will likely be times when after trying something new and failing at it (or coming up short), we feel defeated or like giving up altogether. But this isn’t necessarily true; sometimes failure means learning something new about ourselves or our abilities as well as being able recognize our own strengths better than ever before so that we can apply those newly discovered capabilities more effectively next time around!
Career changes in adulthood are common, but they can be intimidating if you don’t know where to begin
Career changes in adulthood are common, but they can be intimidating if you don’t know where to begin. There’s a lot of information out there about how to make these kinds of changes and most career experts will say the same thing: “It’s not just about money.”
The truth is, your happiness and success will depend on more than just finding a job or earning more money. You need to think about what kind of work environment works best for you—and then create it!
We hope you’ve found this guide helpful in finding your next career. Remember, the best way to find a new job is to have a clear idea of what you want and how you’ll get there. If we can help with any questions about your next steps, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
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