Changing You're Career Path
Change You're Career
Step 2: Researching New Careers
Once you've discovered or rediscovered your passion, spend some time researching the types of careers that center around your passions. Don't worry if you're feeling a bit unsure or insecure it's a natural part of the career change process. How much research you do also partly depends on how much of a change you're making; for example, changing from a teacher to a corporate trainer versus switching from a nurse to a Web designer
Step 3: Transferable Skills
Leverage some of your current skills and experiences to your new career. There are many skills such as communications, leadership, planning, and others that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your new career
Step 4: Training and Education
You may find it necessary to update your skills and broaden your knowledge. Take it slowly. If the skill you need to learn is one you could use in your current job, see if your current employer would be willing to pick up the tab.
Step 5: Networking
One of the real keys to successfully changing careers will be your networking . People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network abillities
Step 6: Gaining Experience
Remember that, in a sense, you are starting your career again from square one. Obtaining a part-time job or volunteering in your new career field not only can solidify your decision, but give you much needed experience in your new career.
Step 7: Find a Mentor
Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through the rough patches. Your mentor may also be able to help you by taking advantage of his or her network. A mentor doesn't have to be a highly placed individual, though the more powerful the mentor, the more success you may have in using that power to your advantage.
Step 8: Changing In or Out
Some people change careers, but never change employers. Unfortunately, only the very progressive employers recognize that once happy employees can be happy and productive again - in a different capacity.
Step 9: Job-Hunting Basics
If it's been a while since you've had to use your job-hunting tools and skills, now is the time for a refresher course.Consider spending some time with one or more of our tutorials. Key tools include:
- guide to researching compainies
- resume resources
- cover letter resources
- interviewing resources
- salary negotiation
Step 10: Be Flexible
You'll need to be flexible about nearly everything - from your employment status to relocation and salary. Set positive goals for yourself, but expect setbacks and change - and don't let these things get you down. Besides totally new careers, you might also consider a lateral move that could serve as a springboard for a bigger career change. You might also consider starting your own business or consulting as other avenues.