Five Tips to Help You through a Career Change

Even in poor economic times, making a career change is possible with the right preparation and dedication. After all, who wants to be stuck in a job with little chance or advancement or that just doesn’t make you happy at the end of the day? For many, a career change can be a risk well worth taking. Here are some tips to help make the transition a little easier for those hoping to go in a new career direction.

 

  1. Have a plan. Just jumping into a career change might sound exciting but it also might cost you your financial security. If you need to go back to school or get additional training this can complicate things further. Be patient and make sure you lay out everything you need to do in order to make your career change as successful as possible.
  2. Analyze your decision carefully. Before you decide to abandon one career for another, make sure that your decision is being informed by the right factors. Are you just changing to make more money? Do you really hate your career or just your current position? There are many factors that can lead to job unhappiness that don’t require a total overhaul, so reflect on your situation to make sure you’re making the right choice.
  3. Make new connections. Having a strong network can greatly increase your success in finding a position in a new career. Do what you can before you make the switch to meet and build relationships with those already working with companies or in careers like those you want to get into.
  4. Learn all you can. Make sure you know what your new career will actually entail before you make the switch. Read about it in books and on the internet, attend conferences and more importantly, talk to those who are currently doing this kind of work to see what they have to say about it. Each career has its pros and cons so just make sure you’re aware of what they are before you leave your present position.
  5. Consider taking baby steps. For some, it may be possible to do freelance, part time or side work while still at a current job in order to make the transition easier into a new career. This can be an ideal way to get a feel for what you’ll be doing, and you’ll get practice you can put on your resume to boot.

 

Making a career change can be hard, but it can also be immensely rewarding if you do it right. No matter what you choose to do, make sure you’re choosing wisely and getting all the information you can before you do anything.