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https://www.forbes.com/sites/dawngraham/2018/08/30/career-switchers-stop-waiting-to-be-chosen/

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Career Switchers: Stop Waiting To Be Chosen
If you want to make a career switch, do it! You don't need to wait for someone to select you for a job to start building experience and making progress in your new field. Learn how to get started on your own path to success today.

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Traditional career paths

They are now fading, giving way to portfolio careers, hybrid roles, gigs, and virtual arrangements.

This is causing frustration for job seekers who are pursuing unconventional job changes, wh...

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Start before you’re ready

In this ever-changing marketplace, chances are you’ll never feel 100% prepared. 

If your next step is unclear, the best way to find clarity is to move forward. Your view of the situation...

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Follow your fear

Pay attention to those activities that feel scary - they're usually your next stretch goal waiting to be tackled.

You might make mistakes, but your other option is to do nothing and remain st...

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Embrace setbacks

When things go smoothly, there is little opportunity for learning. 

Challenges and mistakes are your built-in lessons, and if you’re not making them, you’re likely not stretching yoursel...

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Stop comparing

Resist comparing your start to someone else's peak as it will only shake your confidence.

Track the evolution of your own path - when you compare your current state to your beginning sta...

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Engage your network

It’s tempting to avoid feeling vulnerable or to worry how others will react, but being closed off-limits opportunities and inhibits progress. 

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Persevere

When you decide to make a career switch on your own terms, there will be highs and lows, and moments of clarity followed by clouds of doubt. 

Expect this, and it will feel like a part of...

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To switch careers effectively

... and achieve a positive outcome, you need 4 things: clarity, courage, confidence, and competence.

Without these, you’ll most likely struggle hard and fail.  

“The Pendulum Effect”

Don't run from your career because you've broken down in it. Running away will not solve your problems – they’ll just be repeated in the next career.

Make your situation better by repairing broken relationships, finding your voice, growing out skills, and becoming more competent. Then, when you do leave, you’ll be able to achieve the next level of success.

Develop a financial plan

... that will support your transition.

Do solid research and explore your desired change with your accountant and financial consultant and experts in that career, to understand clearly, without emotion, the financial requirements necessary to support you through what can be years of transition. If there’s no money available, wait until you can access some.

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Purpose of Career Networking

It involves using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, or learn more about your field, or another field you'd like to work in....

Top 7 Networking Tips

  1. Include the right people: anyone who can assist you with a career move
  2. Know what your career network can do for you
  3. Keep in touch - work your network: People are more willing to help when they know who you are
  4. Give to get - what can you do for your career network
  5. Keep track of your network

    make sure you know who is who, where they work, and how to get in touch.

  6. Network online
  7. Attend networking events.

Stop following routines

Routines don’t work for most people. People with young kids, pets, people who travel a lot or work remotely, find it extremely difficult to follow the same routine every day. If you keep trying, yo...

Focus on the process

It is better to focus on the process rather than the outcome. When you focus on the outcome, you slow your growth.

Commit to consistent practice. Focus on the process of getting better every single day. 

Small progress

Most people lack success because they cannot follow a routine to achieve an important goal.

Instead of fighting a losing battle, learn to move around these tasks to start making progress when you can. 

Self-Assessment

Carefully evaluate your individual strengths, lifestyle preferences, passions, work style, and financial needs.

Know both who you are as a person and who you desire to b...

Research

  • Brainstorm possible job options and investigate them thoroughly. 
  • Learn about the descriptions and qualifications for various positions, typical entry points and advancement opportunities, satisfactions, frustrations, and other important facts.
  • Speak with as many people as possible that are involved in work that is of interest to you to get an insider’s perspective.

Experimentation

Internships and part-time jobs are an excellent way to sample a field of interest. 

They provide the opportunity to perform some of the job functions, observe others work, and evaluate the “real world” workplace environment.

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Creating your career

Most people never make a conscious decision about their careers and end up at a certain place, due to external factors and present opportunities. Their career path wasn't carved out or planned.

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You Decide who you become

Here are Five Steps that can create your career:

1. Analyzing yourself.

2. Identify your industry

3. Improve your basic, universal skills

4. Start from Scratch

5. Continuous Self-Development

Self-analysis

When you analyze yourself, instead of pondering over what you are not good at, find out your strengths and sharpen them, turning a good skill into excellence.

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Changing careers

You and you alone are responsible for creating your own future. 

Time to give serious thought to this life-shaping question: What exactly are you going to do with the rest of your li...

Start with honest self-assessment

  • Analyze your current skill set, training level, and accomplishments to date. 
  • Write down the aspects of the work you liked and what tasks or things you disliked
  • Explore different career options. Investigate new fields, industries and potential careers. 
  • Interview individuals who work at those types of jobs, or in fields of interest to you. 
  • Look at growth opportunities, salaries, benefits, education level and then determine the job title to target.

Change from careers

  • Use your transferable skills. You have acquired abilities from previous positions.
  • Use your strengths. Incorporate your talents into any position you choose to go after.
  • Get new skills. Study the industry you want to enter. Take some courses so you can more quickly enter the field.
  • Many people prevent their own success. They find excuses, or blame others, for their own failures or mistakes instead of learning and improving from them.

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Failure and growth

Failure is an important part of growth, a valuable learning experience.

But failure is not the goal, it is not something to strive for. It is merely a byproduct of trying new th...

Failure is useful

... but feeling like a failure is not. And in today's world that's incredibly easy, especially because social media gives you access to people you look up to; that makes comparing your accomplishments to theirs almost effortless.

Feeling miserable about yourself because you have not done the same things in the same way with the same popularity as your heroes is a toxic habit that you must try to stop. 

Seeing the “impostor syndrome” differently

Start seeing it not as a syndrome, but as a part of the human condition. Because everybody feels like that at one time or another.

Learn to see its positive parts: not knowing exactly what you are doing is a gift because there are no absolute right answers. You are coming at something with fresh eyes

Mentally Prepare

Think if you are willing to sacrifice your free time to struggle to establish a side hustle and if you can handle the consequences of it. 

If you are willing, develop a system of ...

Your Skills And Areas Of Interest

Acquire relevant skills, experience or industry knowledge necessary and ensure you have the passion and competence for what you are going to work on.

A good start is to monetize the skills you already have that are related to the side hustle you want to establish this. And if you lack key skills that relate to your interests or the side hustle you want to create, there's no better time than the present to learn them. 

Validate Your Side Hustle

Your side hustle idea may seem awesome and disruptive to you, but your potential customers will likely ignore it like most “brilliant ideas” or even not have a need for it. So, ensure you're not creating a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, as this is one of the top causes of startup failures.

You can do that with objective feedback from potential customers and asking them to join a waiting list, pre-purchase your solution or hire you as a service provider. 

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The personal SWOT analysis

The personal SWOT analysis

Captures information about your internal (S) strengths and (W) weaknesses as well as external (O) opportunities and (T) threats.

The key to completing your SWOT analysis is to treat your career as a business and yourself as a competitive product.

The key to completing your SWOT analysis is to treat your career as a business and yourself as a competitive product.

Understand your strengths

A personal strength is an asset to you as a product and can be used as a way to differentiate yourself from others when interviewing or trying to obtain your next promotion.

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Being a powerful communicator

It doesn’t mean you speak the loudest or most often, but rather that  you are getting your message across clearly and also taking in the messages you’re receiving from the people around...

Moving toward or away

Observe if those you’re speaking to are moving toward or away, by asking what that person wants.

If they start listing things they don’t want (they don’t want to fail, they don’t want to be stuck in the same dead-end job) or talking about what they do want  (a family, to succeed at their job) then you’ll know how to direct the conversation.

Internal and external frames of reference

  • When trying to communicate effectively with someone who has an internal frame of reference, appeal to the things they know about themselves. Tie your communication to a personal fact you already know about that person.
  • Those with an external frame of reference want to hear more about what their peers thought about a given program or decision.

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