How To: Successfully Change Careers in Life

People seek career changes for many reasons. Changes in goals and values, new interests and passions, the need for more money or flexibility or just starting fresh are common reasons for a change. Before completely committing to a new job, it is important to evaluate yourself, explore options and choose the proper career path for your future. The following is Dos and Don’ts list on being successful when changing careers.

 

DOs

Evaluate and Assess: Why are you changing careers? What are you passionate about? Which aspects of your current position do you like and dislike? These are three important questions you should ask yourself when looking for a new career path. The answers to these questions can lead you in a better direction.

Upgrade Skills: You should also consider your skillset. After you narrow down with career field you want to enter, determine whether your current skills and values are a match. If not, figure out what you need to do before you begin a new career.

Try It Out: I highly recommend shadowing a professional in the career field you wish to enter. Spending a few hours to a few days in an area that interests you can help you make a decision. Shadowing is a great way to understand whether or not you enjoy a potential job.

 

DONTs

Underestimate: It is important to be practical when starting a new career path, but it is also essential to believe in yourself. As previously mentioned, be sure to evaluate your skills. However, this does not mean you should underestimate your value. You can do just about anything to set your mind to. Starting a new career takes determination and risk, but you can do it if you believe in yourself.

Base on Salary: Being financially strategic when choosing a new career is smart, but what isn’t smart is basing your decision solely on salary. It’s not that you should disregard compensation when evaluating your career options, but you should consider other critical factors in addition to salary.

Rush into a New Field: It’s understandable that some want to get out of their current job as quick as possible. However, it is a good idea to take it slow if you decide to enter a new career field. For example, if you need to take classes, take one or two instead of signing up for a full load. Investing time in discovering why you want a career change, what’s going to make you more satisfied, and how to get there will pay off in the long run.

 

Seeking a new career path is exciting and can lead to happiness and success. However, it is important to evaluate yourself, explore options and choose the proper career before completely committing to a new path.