Changing Careers

tips on how to change your career in easy steps

Considering a Change?

Tip 1:Make sure that the future career isn't worst then your current career.

Make sure to check the job you are wanting throughly. You don't want to end up finding a job that makes you more miserable then your old job. You can do this by asking anyone who works for the company how their experience is, and do some thorough research.

Tip 2:Think about the career you are wanting

When looking for a job, you want to make sure it suits your needs and interest. Say for example, you want a job in the forensics field. Then you shouldn't apply for a job outside that field, like flipping patties at McDonald's. You can figure out what job or career interest you by making a list of interest or make a list of dislikes that way you can avoid getting a job you hate.

Developing a plan:Mapping your moves.

Tip 3:Keep your current career while looking for a new one

Sometimes finding a job can take quite a while. You want to make sure to keep your current one until then, that way you can continue to make a living and it'll lessen your financial worries.

Tip 4:Develop an action plan

Once you decide what career you want, make a solid plan that will lead you to get that career.

Tip 5:Make connections and gain experience

Regardless of which field you choose, you need to figure out how to make that bridge into a new career. Will you do an internship? Volunteer? Do part-time work? Or maybe you stay in your current job and offer to do extra projects. Informational interviews are a good way to get yourself noticed. Employers like to hire people they know—personally or through their network. Making connections in your industry can help you land your new job.

Tip 6:Do a reality Check

Honestly look at the steps involved and make sure you have a support system in place that will make this exciting change an easier transition for you.

Putting the plan into action!

Tip 7:Update skills and broaden knowledge

You may find it necessary to update your skills and broaden your knowledge. Take it slowly. 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 pick up the tab.And start slowly. Take a course or two to ensure you really like the subject matter. If you are going for a new degree or certification, make sure you check the accreditation of the school, and get some information about placement successes.

Tip 8:Gaining Experience

Remember that, in a sense, you are starting your career again from square one. Obtaining a part-time job or volunteering in your new career field not only can solidify your decision, but give you much needed experience in your new career. You might also want to consider temping in your new field.

Tip 9: Find a mentor

Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through the rough patches. Your mentor may also be able to help you by taking advantage of his or her network. A mentor doesn't have to be a highly placed individual, though the more powerful the mentor, the more success you may have in using that power to your advantage.

Tip 10:Be flexible

You'll need to be flexible about nearly everything - from your employment status to relocation and salary.

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