Changing Careers


How does a career change happen? Maybe you begin to loose interest in your career. Maybe you find something that interests you more. Maybe the company is downsizing. Here is ways to help your career change.

Considering a Change: Exploring Your Options

Step one: You need to find your likes and dislikes. A lot of people want to change a career because they dislike their job or their company. Finding the dislikes in the job you are currently in; but, you also need to find the likes you like in your company.

Step two: Researching New Careers. Once you have found the careers for your passion you need to start researching careers within that. How much research you do also partly depends on how much of a change you're making.

Step three: Transferable Skills. You will have advantages and experiences for your new career. There are many skills that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your need career.

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Developing a Plan: Mapping Your Moves

Step four: Training and Education. You make need to update your skill and your knowledge. 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 help. Take a course or two to ensure you really like the subject.

Step five: Networking. One of the keys to successfully changing careers will be the 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, and introduce you to others so that you can expand your network. You can widen your network through joining professional organization in your new field.

Step six: Gaining Experience. Obtaining a part-time job or volunteering in your new career field not only can solidify you decision, but give you much needed experience in your new career.

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Making the Change: No Burning Bridges

Step seven: Find A Mentor. Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through rough patches. They also may be able to help you by taking advantage of his or her network.

Step eight: Changing in or out. Some people change careers, but never change employers. Only the very progressive employers recognize that once happy employees can be happy again in a different capacity.

Step nine: Job Hunting Basics. If it has been a while since you've had to use your job-hunting tools and skills, you need to make time for a refresher course.

Step ten: 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.

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"The 10-Step Plan to Career Change." The 10-Step Plan to Career Change. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2014.