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10 Steps to Successfully Changing Your Career

Upgrade your skills

Look for ways to develop new skills in your current job which would pave the way for a change.

If your company offers in-house training, sign up for as many classes as you can.

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10 Steps to Successfully Changing Your Career

10 Steps to Successfully Changing Your Career

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/successful-career-change-2058452

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Evaluate your current job satisfaction

Keep a journal of your daily reactions to your job situation and look for recurring themes

Which aspects of your current job do you like and dislike? Are your dissatisfactions related to the content of your work, your company culture or the people with whom you work

Assess your interests, values, and skills

Review past successful roles, volunteer work, projects and jobs to identify preferred activities and skills. 

Determine whether your core values and skills are addressed through your current career. 

Consider alternative careers

Brainstorm ideas for career alternatives by researching career options, and discussing your core values and skills with friends, family, and networking contacts. 

If you’re having difficulty coming up with ideas, consider meeting with a career counselor for professional advice.

Check out job options

Conduct a preliminary comparative evaluation of several fields to identify a few targets for in-depth research. You can find a wealth of information online simply by Googling the jobs that interest you.

Get personal

Find out as much as much as you can about those fields and reach out to personal contacts in those sectors for informational interviews. 

A good source of contacts for informational interviewers is your college alumni career network. LinkedIn is another great resource for finding contacts in specific career fields of interest.

Set up a job shadow

Shadow professionals in fields of primary interest to observe work first hand. 

Spend anywhere from a few hours to a few days job shadowing people who have jobs that interest you. Your college career office is a good place to find alumni volunteers who are willing to host job shadowers.

Try it out

Identify volunteer and freelance activities related to your target field to test your interest.

For example, if you're interested in working with animals, volunteer at your local shelter.

Take a class

Investigate educational opportunities that would bridge your background to your new field

Consider taking an evening course at a local college or an online course. Contact professional groups in your target field for suggestions.

Upgrade your skills

Look for ways to develop new skills in your current job which would pave the way for a change.

If your company offers in-house training, sign up for as many classes as you can.

Consider the same industry

Consider alternative roles within your current industry which would utilize the industry knowledge you already have.

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

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

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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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