If you’ve been feeling uneasy and unhappy about your job, chances are you need a fresh start. Career change is tough and it’s normal if you feel worried or apprehensive about it. What is important to know is that changing your job doesn’t mean you have failed and that your new job has to be a deserved punishment.
On the contrary, see it as a chance for a new beginning of a successful and fulfilling career. However, you shouldn’t rush into it but rather get prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Here are several factors to consider if you’re thinking of making a career change.
Watch for the signs
There are several different signs you should watch for that indicate you need a career change. It could be that you feel anxious as the weekend draws to an end or you’re deeply sad and miserable every Monday morning and ecstatic every Friday afternoon. Moreover, if you feel exhausted because you’re working yourself to death, you need a change.
If you ignore these signs and persevere in a job that makes you unhappy, you may be actually sabotaging your own success.
Re-evaluate your motives
Be sure you know what your true motives are for making a career change as it will point you in the right direction and prevent you from ending up in another boring or unsatisfactory position.
Think about your job and decide whether you love it but hate the industry or the industry is thriving and you love what you do but the working environment is toxic and you can’t be productive or make career advancement.
In either case, it’s time for a change. Whether you change your profession entirely or just the company you work for, it is a necessary move and it’s highly likely that it will be beneficial for you. In a new setting where the atmosphere is healthy and there’s room for progress, you might find yourself in a better position with a higher salary in a short period of time
Upgrade your skills
An essential part of any successful career change is upgrading your skills. Many jobs today require you have high technological knowledge so you’ll probably need to focus on your tech skills and upcoming industries. Getting a new certificate can help you stay more competitive.
Start by making a list of your strong and weak points and see what you can improve and what is transferrable. Prioritize them according to what your research indicates. While you’re at it, in the meantime, you might put your existing qualities to use and potentially earn some money that you can invest in your additional trainings. For instance, if you’ve always been very meticulous in your studies and organised with your learning materials, you might consider selling your study notes that you created while completing the study courses. If they’re your original and cover all the wanted topics, you could.
Create your network
One thing that can greatly improve your chances of getting a job you crave for is creating your network that is, connecting with the people who already work in the industry of your interest and can offer precious advice. These people can help you find your ground and start climbing the corporate ladder.
Changing career can be very stressful so you’ll want all the support you can get, from your family, colleagues, mentors, career coaches, sponsors and your supportive partner. Anyone who can help you feel better, listen to you and even challenge your beliefs will also help you go through the process easier and work through your anxieties and confusion.
Keep a positive mindset
Keeping a positive mindset has a significant impact on your success because if you don’t believe you can succeed, the chances are you won’t. If you don’t believe in yourself, others won’t either. But, if you’ve managed to get as far as you have, you can absolutely take on another challenge and having confidence about that will help you land a new job.
Use your experience, knowledge and skills you’ve perfected so far but be humble enough to ask for help and guidance if you ever find yourself in an unfamiliar situation. Being ready and willing to tackle the issue the best you can certainly impress your potential employers and increase your chances to score the job.
A career change is never easy as it involves a lot of risks and often means you’ll have to start from the bottom once again and probably in a completely new field. You’ll probably have to give up a lot and re-evaluate your priorities but, if you’re certain the change is good, with a lot of effort and hard work, you can make the transition successfully and live your life to the fullest!
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