Changing careers can be terrifying. But if you’re bored or unhappy at work, you need to make a change. Fortunately, it can be a rewarding process, and a career you love is well worth all that effort! Here are three things she did to move toward a new career that you can do too.
She took inventory
Start recording what you do best. Make a list of what you enjoy doing and what you do well, two lists that usually overlap. Include your talents that don’t earn any money. Ask other people what you do well. Sometimes friends and family have better insight. List your training, any certifications you have, and your experience. Make sure your lists incorporate any volunteering you’ve done and any unusual classes you’ve taken.
But you need to act. She didn’t wait around! Instead she took action! This doesn’t mean, however, you need to quit your current job. You’re actually more likely to get hired if you’re still employed.
She researched and narrowed the list
Do some research to find jobs and careers that align with your skills and experience. Use the internet to visit job boards, Indeed, LinkedIn, and GlassDoor. Learn more about various career requirements and training programs. Check with local government employment offices to learn about job possibilities in your chosen field.
Try to meet people who work in careers you might be interested in. Ask them what they like about it and how you can be successful in it. What are the most important skills and qualifications? What are the challenges? Are those things you’d enjoy and obstacles you can handle doing day in and day out?
If there’s a union or professional organization, ask them for information as well. These people are great resources for you—not only can they dish out advice, but they might be able to point you in the right direction for job openings.
In addition to the interviews, see if you can shadow with people to find out what those jobs are really like. When you find something you don’t like, cross it off your list of possibilities. Each dead end helps you narrow that list and guides you to that perfect job. Your list will also keep evolving as you collect more information.
She made a plan
Once you narrow your list to three or four possibilities, keep growing those concentrated networks. Connect with new people and seeking out recruiters who specialize in that industry. Look for people and opportunities, not necessarily jobs! Introduce yourself, ask questions, and find out whether they’re hiring. Ask whether you need more training. Remember to keep your current job as long as you can. If keeping your current job isn’t a possibility, consider taking a lower level job in your desired field so you can work your way up. Join a union or professional organization. Polish your resume and start searching.
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Blog written by Erin Greenhalgh