Changing Careers

10 Tips about Consider a Change

1. Assessment of Likes and Dislikes. A lot of people change careers because they dislike their job, their boss, their company. So, identifying the dislikes is often the easier part of this step; however, you will not know what direction to change your career unless you examine your likes. What did you like about the company, what did you like doing at your job.

2. Researching New Careers. Once you've discovered your passion, spend some time researching the types of careers that center around your passions.

3. Transferable Skills. Leverage some of your current skills and experiences to your new career. Some of those skills could be communications skills, leadership and planning.

4. Training and Education. You may find it necessary to update your skills and broaden your knowledge.

5. Networking. One of the real keys to successfully changing careers will be your networking abilities. People in your network may be able to give you job leads, offer you advice and information about a particular company or industry.

6. Gaining Experience. Remember that, in a sense, you are starting your career again from square one.

7. Find a Mentor. Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times.

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.

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.

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.