Are you feeling a little burned out? Have you been bored in your current job for months, dreaming of bigger and better things? Was there a career that you always wanted to pursue but were too afraid that you didn’t have what it takes?
If any of these scenarios describe the one you’re in, then you are probably thinking that it is time for some change. There are times when enough is enough. Times when you know deep down that you have more to offer than what your current job is utilizing.
Regardless of the reasons that have brought you to this destination, contemplating a career change brings to the table several topics to be discussed. If you want to make a change and do so successfully, then you will benefit from the following tips that serve to help make sure that you are covering all of the necessary bases. Sometimes you are forced into change, and you might not have much control over the time table when deciding what you next move will be. However, for those of you who have the luxury of planning ahead, these tips will be especially helpful.
- Identify the career path that you want to transition to… The first step in making a successful career change is to really get inside of your own head and figure out what career you want to transition to. It will help to be as specific as possible. For example, if you want to be a teacher, you should decide what subject you want to teach, what aged students you want to teach, and what type of setting in which you would like to teach. Understanding exactly what you want to do will help with the other steps needed in the process.
- Identify the skills that you need for your new career… The next step is to research and discover what skills you will need in your new career. For example, let’s consider the world of television. If you decide that you want to be an actor, then there are certain dramatic skills and abilities that you will need to find success in that career. Alternatively, if you’re interested in the world of television as a script writer, then you’ll need to have strong writing skills and the ability to dialogue as well as text. The more skills that you already have, the less you’ll need to learn as you make the transition.
- Determine if you need more education… Some career fields require that you have a very specific level of education under your belt. Although your skill set is important and will most likely still be appreciated as a job candidate, there are some careers that are very black and white when it comes to the presence or absence of education and certifications.
- Determine how long you need to finish your education… Going along with the aforementioned tip, it is important to consider the need for further education and then to consider the length of time it will require. If you are going to succeed in your new line of work, then how long will it take to get you to that ready mark. This will obviously play a factor in how quickly you can be marketable in a new career field. The good news, if you’re looking at a lot more needed education, is that some employers will hire you in the waiting and maybe even cover a portion of the tuition expense. These are all pieces of the puzzle that you need to figure out as you explore this new change.
- Plan for a period of unemployment… The last tip to consider is one that seems obvious but that some folks still forget to consider until it is suddenly upon them. The period of time between careers can sometimes stick around for longer than you might prefer, especially if there is further education to be completed. It is definitely a good idea to save money ahead of time and create a nice padding so that you can stay afloat while you are figuring out the logistics of your career change.
The process of change can sometimes bring a fresh perspective and much needed alterations to all facets of your life, but do not be so naïve to think that there will not also be a few hiccups along the way. It’s important that you keep your head up and stay focused on your goals and career ambitions, even if the path taking you there might look different than what you had anticipated.
And, if it ever gets too overwhelming, remember that there are guys like us who are here to redirect and refocus individuals in order to produce their best work and land their dream job! If you are finding yourself in that boat, then give Platinum Resumes a call at (816) 986-0909 and let us join you in this process.