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.

4 Tips for Changing Your Career

There are many reasons why people find themselves looking for a new career. One common reason is mothers going back into the workplace after raising their children. Even for moms who have been out of the workforce for years, it’s never too late to reinvent your professional career. While it does take discipline, perseverance and a willingness to take a chance, here are four tips to help you change your career:

 

Believe in Yourself

Making a career change will never work unless you believe in yourself. Change is scary and it normal to worry, however, getting too caught up in what you could lose will prevent you from seeing what you can gain. Learning to believe in yourself will open up endless possibilities in your career.

 

Research Yourself and the Market

Being practical is important. When beginning a career change, be sure to self-evaluate. Make a list of your skills and competencies, values, and accomplishments. Once you’ve discovered your passion and skills, spend some time researching the types of careers that center around them. Evaluate the market you want to enter and from here, compile a list of the critical skills and competencies associated with these new career opportunities. This allows you to have a baseline for measuring your fit in the field you want to pursue.

 

Take Baby Steps

If possible, make your career changes in stages. You may need to upgrade your skills and education, and it is ok to take time to do so. If you’d like to go to back to school, it may be smarter to start by signing up for one night course. You don’t have to enroll in a full-course schedule initially. You can add more classes as your direction and motivation become clear.

 

Increase Networking

All careers benefit from networking, but it is especially crucial during a career change. Networking can be hard; it’s easier when you’re new to an industry. Networking is all about telling your story, asking questions, and getting advice. As someone who wants to change their career, your story is going to be more interesting than most and you’ll naturally have questions and require advice. Even if the people you already know are not in your new career sector, you never know who is in their network.

 

For some, the pursuit of a meaningful life includes turning a passion into work and the challenge of re-envisioning a professional career. It’s never too late to take a chance and revamp your professional life.

 

The Gender Equality Battle: Any Closer to Closing the Gap?

Lori CornmesserGender equality in the workplace has been a topic of discussion for some time now, and we have seen many more individuals working hard to bridge that gap.  A recent article seems to think the closing of that gender gap is closer than we may have anticipated.  In the past year, statistics have shown that women in the 25-34 age range were making 93% of what their male counterparts of the same age range were earning.

In this same study, 15% of women said they had faced gender discrimination in their workplace- a number that, we hope will one day be 0%, but is lower than it has been in the past.  There was also the finding that men and women were just as likely to ask their bosses for a promotion or raise.

While these steps forward in creating gender-equal workplaces are great to see, there still remains a lot that needs to be worked on in order to see this goal solidified.  Seventy-five percent of young women agree with this notion that more change is necessary to achieve equality.  The article notes that roughly 3 in 5 women have expressed the ease at which men achieve top jobs in government and business areas business as opposed to females.  Similarly, almost two-thirds of this group worry about having children in the future, in that it may hinder their progress within their work environment.

The future seems bright for these Millennials- but will it remain that way?  Past studies have shown that younger women, (20-30 range), made 85% as much as males in that age range, while these same group of women in the study made 76% as much as their male counterparts when they reached ages 40-50.  We can only hope that these Millennials will not start to slow down in their bridging of the gender gap.  With all the progress that has been made over the years, it seems to be indicative of only more forward motion for this cause.