We all normally choose our career when we are very young. After years have passed, we often find something we like more, or we realize it’s time to switch to a job which would actually make us happy. That’s when we start considering a change of career. This is completely normal. If it happens to you, you should know what to do because that isn’t an easy decision to make.
Get all the information
Of course, a change like this doesn’t happen overnight, and you should do your research before you decide. Discover if the branch you are interested in is growing, whether they have job openings, how much it pays and how hard it will be to find a job. Another important thing to consider is, do you need any additional education, classes, or anything similar for the job? And although this seems quite normal, do your research about what that career entails, because you want to be sure what the job positions you can apply for are.
Use previous knowledge
When choosing a different career, we often don’t go the opposite way but rather choose something similar to our previous profession, or even something in the same field. This is the time to use all your previous knowledge and expertise. Even if you do need some extra training or specialization, study notes could help, and they are a great way to keep all the information in one place. Build on what you already know and use your experience to advance efficiently and quickly. And of course, don’t forget to list all of that when applying for a job.
Have a plan
After doing the necessary research, you should make a plan on how you are going to start. And also what your expectations are. The first step is, of course, to acquire the skills. The second is to earn a little experience which you can do through volunteering or internships. Next, make sure you know the right people and get as much information from them as possible. If you can, talk to someone who is already in that field, so they can answer all your questions. After the preparation phase, you can start looking for concrete jobs. But be patient because it will probably take time.
Be prepared for ups and downs
There is no easy way to do it, and it is best to accept it right away. There will be situations where it will look too hard, but the key is not to give up, especially if you are certain in your decision. You have to put in the time, effort and a lot of hard work. With any setback or mistake, make sure you learn from it and don’t repeat the same ones. Let the mistakes be your teacher.
When you start with the career change, accept that you are still going to have to learn a lot. And don’t be afraid to ask for help, guidance or advice, even from your coworkers. Oftentimes, you will feel discouraged and confused and face many challenges especially if everyone around you has it all figured out. This is why it is important to surround yourself with positive people, who are going to push you, challenge you and motivate you to be better. Besides, some of them may help you in other ways. Along those lines, don’t be afraid to make new connections and create contacts because many times, knowing the right people can help you significantly.
Trust your instincts
Your career change path may not be very logical or understandable to many, but you should nevertheless follow your instincts and listen to your needs. If you have a clear goal in your mind and you want to pursue it, that is all the motivation and assurance you need. Risking it and stepping out of your comfort zone are also important aspects of changing careers. However, if you follow your gut feeling, it won’t feel like a big risk. After all, going after something that you feel passionate about will certainly make you work hard, be dedicated, and eventually, succeed. So, if you don’t follow your instincts, follow this logic.
Changing careers is not easy. It takes dedication, time and in some cases, a lot of sacrifices. However, when you go through the whole process of research, planning and turning your plans into reality, you will get something that is a product of your strength and effort. Not to mention a career you are passionate about. So, the risk is certainly worth it.