Career Do-Over? Plan And Prepare First!
The view of work and careers keeps evolving, and these days many people find less satisfaction in their job. More and more individuals are realising that they need fulfillment at work - something to look forward to each day that makes it more than simply a way to pay the bills.
In a recent poll conducted on LinkedIn, people were asked, "If you could change your current career path and reinvent yourself, would you?" An astonishing 63 percent said yes. This is clearly a major issue with a lot of people. Yet it's a scary proposition in a tough economy and there are no guarantees. Changing careers can be both stressful and costly. There are things to consider before you decide to try for a career do-over.
Understand that the ideal new career won't just fall into your lap. Think carefully about your dream job and brush up on the skills you will need to make yourself ready. This could include additional education and special training or licensing. Research everything about this career path so you can put your best foot forward when it's time to apply for a job in your new field. Use whatever contacts you have to connect with someone who is already working successfully in this career. If you're lucky, you'll find a mentor. If not, at least you might find someone to invite to lunch and gain some insights into the work that they do, the job market and even their specific company's hiring process. Connecting through mutual acquaintances is often a good way to get an inside adviser who can guide you.
Building a network with those in a field you hope to enter makes good business sense. These people are more likely to hear of job leads in your chosen industry, and can help you navigate the ins and outs of the qualification and hiring process.
Talk it out
If you have a spouse or significant other it is important to discuss your plans. A big change brings uncertainty and both people in the relationship need to prepare for the consequences that are bound to occur: a change in schedules, income and responsibilities. Discussing the possibilities now will help prevent unnecessary stress or tension later that can make the process even more difficult.
Be realistic about the repercussions this change might bring. If your current career situation is really not right for you, careful planning and support through the transition will make all the difference in a successful career switch. Don't make a life-altering decision for purely financial reasons. Money is nice... and necessary, but a job that you are passionate about will give you satisfaction and happiness that money truly cannot buy. Find a career path that plays to your interests, your strengths and your personality.