For many people, life can sometimes get monotonous and your daily routine can be mind-numbing. This is especially true when it comes to you career and/or work life. Changing your career can break this monotony and provide a whole new set of opportunities for success. Gone – and thankfully so – are the days when people would work the same job in the same company for years. The rapid advancement of technology has catered the emergence of the digital age, and switching careers has become more accessible. Many individuals are taking full advantage of this development to expand their career prospects. Read on to find out the best ways to go about switching careers.
- WHY DO YOU WANT TO SWITCH?
The first and most important step when you are looking to switch careers is to ask yourself what your motivation is. Are you unhappy with various aspects of your current position? Are you burned out? Have you come to the realisation that the career path you’ve chosen isn’t working out as well as you thought it would? Is your employer the issue? Or do you have moral and ethical concerns about the work you’re doing?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you most probably need a career change and these are valid enough reasons.
- REASSESS YOUR INTERESTS AND SKILLS
Sometimes we go in to various careers without really knowing what our interests and skills are due to necessity and convenience. This then results in a lack of motivation and overall dissatisfaction in our careers.
Begin by listing down all the things you’re interested in; don’t leave anything out. Be it planning parties, working with children, working out, dealing with numbers etc. Next, make a list of all the things you’re good at; what skills do you have? Finally, compare the two lists and then zone in on the areas where both your interests and skills align.
- MARKET RESEARCH
Once you pinpoint a job market you’d like to get into, carry out some research. Find out the job prospects in the particular field as well as the entry barriers. Reach out and build networks with people in that field who will help you gain valuable information about the field you are looking to get into. Don’t forget to find out the earning potential and average compensation for the different positions in the industry. It would also be useful to consider the current and predicted trends in the market and how you can properly prepare.
- GAIN EXPERIENCE
Depending on what your new career path is, you may have to start from scratch. This therefore means that you need to gain some level of experience in order to compete in that job market. You can do this by seeking out internships in your desired field as well as volunteering. You can also shadow experts in that particular field to gain in-depth knowledge about the industry and it’s tools. Consider freelance work in your free time or even working for free in exchange for work experience that will help build your resume.
- APPLY FOR THE JOBS YOU WANT
The final step on your career changing journey is to begin applying for jobs. Once you’ve gained sufficient knowledge and a decent level of experience of the field you wish to enter, begin to apply for the jobs. Bear in mind that prospective employers will be looking to find out why you’ve decided to make a shift. Be prepared to answer these question in an open and honest manner.
Remember, human beings have the capacity to be multifaceted. We have the ability to learn and quickly adapt to the various seasons of life. There is no need to feel stuck in one career when there are so many options and opportunities for you to grow. So take the leap of faith and put in the hours and persistence in switching careers and success will follow.
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