Changing your Career

Tips for avoiding a disaster

Are you considering a new career?

When considering make a career change, take time to evaluate yourself, your wants and your needs. The U.S. News website, suggests that this is a step you should not, under any circumstances, skip.

Take time to figure out what exactly your next move is. Compile a list of your strengths, your skills, your interests, and your wants and needs. Use this to try to match yourself to a career you think is best suited for you, this list will help you identify yourself with possibly multiple careers.

But also, figure out why it is you wish to change careers in the first place. Maybe the workplace is too large, or you felt uncomfortable in your work environment. Maybe you're working way too many hours, or maybe you just want to move on to bigger and better things. But if there is a reason, use this to compare to your possible new career choices, it may eliminate some for you.

Plan it out

If you find a possible career choice, do not jump into it right away. Ask for help, maybe find someone who has been in the field you're interested in. Ask them questions on what it was like, and other questions to help give you an idea on what this will be like.

Research the company as well, know your facts before hand. Don't make assumptions this company is the greatest, perhaps they've had law suits with their employees? Maybe even been under investigation for some form of scandal, not all companies are innocent. But also use this research to find out what company life is like, and the way they do things there.

Be prepared, this new career may need you to have more education or training. If one of the skills you need, is one you could acquire in your current job. It suggested it's not a bad idea to ask your employer if they can provide you with the training, they might even pay for it. If you need more education, you may or may not have to pay for it. So be financially prepared for that in case.

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You're prepared, now make the change.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR JOB ON BAD TERMS! Starting your new career, you could need a reference from that employer. With that being said, make sure to take the following seriously.

Give your employer appropriate notice : The appropriate amount to announce you're leaving, is usual between two - four weeks.

Negotiate : Take into account your unused vacation time, and things of that nature you could get paid for.

Don't lose steam at work : Be sure to not get lazy just because you're leaving, this may give your last employer a bad last image of you. Which is bad if your new employer calls on behalf of you.

Make sure you're prepared, now that you're heading on to your new career. Be prepared you are ready for everything your new job requires.

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The new journey!

Be ready to learn! Be sure to take notes on what you're learning from your employer the first day. Do not be afraid to ask questions, it actually may seem to your employer you're interested more if you ask questions.

Get used to the culture of the new environment, it may be a good idea to get to know your future colleagues. They can be a good source of information on what it is you should expect there.

Be sure to still make a good first impression, show up early. Dress nicely, according to the company, if you have a uniform keep it nice and clean! As said before, listen inattentively to someone who is explaining something to you. You will not get everything down your first, but it's good to not take too long to perform.

Get feedback on how you're doing so far, and things you can improve on. Try to solve as many problems as you can by yourself or with help of another employee on your level.

Remember that switching to a new career isn't a smooth process, it will be rocky. You will make mistakes, seeing as how it's not what you're used to. So don't give up at the first problem, but keep in mind not all career changes work out. So keep an open mind and good luck!

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