Changing Careers

The Guide to Pursuing a New Career

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Changing careers can be a stressful time according to Forbes Magazine. Changing a career takes time, patients, energy, trust, and commitment. Here's a plan on how to change your career and remain stress free.

Considering a Change: Exploring Your Options

"Do I want a different job?" "Do I like where I work, but would like a different position?" "Do I want to change careers all together?" Before making a rash decision, ask yourself some questions about considering a career change.

  • Brainstorm Ideas - If you're certain you would like to pursue a different career, brainstorm some ideas. Think about your interests and hobbies. If you want to get away from your current job, try to find something that interests you that doesn't relate or have the same feel as your current job.

  • Developing New Skills: After deciding what career you would like to next pursue, see if you need a new set of skills for this position. If so, then next decide if you would like to go back to school and get these certain set of skills, or if the career you would like to pursue trains new workers.
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Developing a Plan: Mapping Your Moves

After you have thought about it and explored your options, develop a plan on how to change your career. Make a list of careers that interest you and learn more about each. Make sure you are choosing the career that you would like to pursue, not because of the money factor.

  • Job-shadow someone: Request to job-shadow, or follow someone around and decide if you would like to pursue this career.

  • Interviewing: Interviewing people can help in changing your career. Learning in depth about the career and either spark your interest or make you want to choose a different career path.

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Making The Change: Burning No Bridges

When making the change to a new career, remember to never talk bad about your current employer. Also don't tell current employees you are currently looking for a job.

  • Burning No Bridges: When making the career change, make sure to never talk bad about your current employer to other employees or to the new job you are applying for. If the new job you are hoping to pursue falls through, you may need to go back to your previous employer and get your job back.

  • Saying Goodbye: When you've found the job, give proper notice (official written statement that you're leaving) to your current employer.

Beginning the New Journey: Showcasing your Experience

You are now beginning the start of your new career path. Make sure to stand out to your current employer. Do projects to to the best of your abilities. Respect others, and make sure you are always on time for work.

Lastly, make sure you are content with your new career choice. If you decide you aren't happy with the career you have just chosen, you may have to change careers again. Being happy in your career is one of the most important things you can do for yourself.

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