Six steps for finding your new career
Changing jobs can be a challenge in itself, but changing to a whole new career is a big step and can be daunting in the beginning. These six steps will help you put your plans for a career change into motion.
Research. Speak to people in the industry to find out more about the pros and cons and make sure your intended career is definitely right for you. Also try to research some of the companies you’re interested in to find out more about their culture, work conditions as well as potential opportunities.
Plan. Work out what your end goal is and then set out a series of smaller, more easily attainable goals that will help you get there. Be sure to set realistic timeframes for each goal so that you have something to work towards each day.
Network. Networking with people who work in the industry you’d like to get into is a good way to find out more about the pros and cons of your new career, and can also help you uncover possible job opportunities. LinkedIn is a great tool for connecting with people in your new industry and even within the specific companies you’d like to work for.
Skills and qualifications. Work out if you will need any additional qualifications to start your new career. There are a number of flexible options available, from part-time classes to online learning. Do your research first and find out which courses best suit your needs. Online learning can even be done while you’re still in your current job or career and can help make the transition easier.
Experience. Additional experience in your new field will help you to get a foot in the door. See if you can find any work experience or volunteer opportunities near you. Although these are usually unpaid, starting your job search with experience under your belt will put you a step ahead of most other applicants.
Change your career. If you have followed all of the above steps, you should be ready to make the final leap towards your new career. Remember that it will take some time to adjust to your new role and you may initially start on a lower income, but once you’ve established yourself, it can provide you with lots of new and exciting opportunities.
Think you’ve found the perfect career? Let’s move to the next step and get your new career in focus.