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.

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You can’t be a perfectionist

There’s a lot of stress for women to have the perfect job and the perfect life. But work, and life, aren’t perfect, and imagining they could be otherwise will only make you more stressed out. If you’re in a high-powered position, you’ve probably learned the importance of not cutting corners. But know when to prioritize, and know when a project isn’t worth the extra time that perfection takes. A finished report is frequently better than a perfect, late one–and no one’s ever complained about homemade brownies that were baked from a boxed mix.

 

Turn off your phone

Keep your work and home life separate by refusing to answer phone calls from the office during your off hours. If necessary, get two phones (or, two phone numbers). Give one number out only to friends and family; give the other out only to coworkers, clients, and other people who might need to contact you for business purposes. Sync your emails, calendars, and apps accordingly. As you move between the workplace and your home life, power down whichever phone is no longer relevant.

And if you’re having a good conversation, watching a cool movie, or enjoying a walk in nature, turn off all your devices and enjoy living in the moment.

 

Exercise

Working out regularly is essential to your mental health, and a great way for you to restore your focus after a busy day at the office.If you don’t like the gym, try hiking, biking, or swimming. Boss level: work exercise into your social life. Go for a run with friends, a long walk with your partner, or a bike ride with your family.

 

Restructure your life

Sometimes your life just doesn’t seem to be working out. You seem to be losing time that you can’t afford to waste, you find yourself tired and lacking the energy to keep moving forward, you feel unmotivated at work or crabby at home. In this case, you may need to look at the structure of your life, and try to find changes that could make it easier.

Is your early-morning makeup routine just an annoying hassle? Simplify your look, and cut down the time you spend working on it. Do you hate to cook? Delegate some of the work, choose simpler recipes, or use a crockpot. Do you find yourself constantly scrolling through social media? Limit your access to those sites, and log off when you leave, so that you won’t feel tempted to quick check later.

 

Make small changes

Sometimes you have to ease your way into big changes in your life. If you never eat dinner with your family, don’t expect to immediately have family dinners every night of the week. Instead, start with just one or two days weekly and commit to those. If you don’t work out, don’t force yourself to spend hours at the gym. Instead, pick just a few days, or come up with a short exercise routine that you can do daily from your home.

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Many emerging or seasoned leader out there will tell you one thing — learning to lead will always take center stage in your journey in upper management.

But where does this learning take place? Far too often, people equate leadership development with extensive training programs, certifications, masters degrees, seminars, conferences.

While all of these opportunities offer expansive knowledge to those willing to grow, it’s also possible to refine your leadership ability everyday, in your own office.

Some of the best resources on your path to effective leadership may work right beside you! Whether they’re your supervisor or your direct subordinates, learning to listen and mirror the positive behavior around you can be the simplest and best way to slowly change your style over time.

Overtime, these resources will turn into powerful allies. The strengths they possess will become yours. Your strengths will rub off on them. By keeping a sharp eye on the positive growth and behaviors in your office, you’ll soon emulate the exact type of leader you wish to be.

Ready for more? 

While great leadership skills can be sharpened within the walls of your office, it’s always helpful to read the advice of others, who may work miles and miles away from you. Take a look at the following posts below related to leadership and positive growth. Many of the posts center on empowerment for professional females, a topic I continue to be passionate working and writing on.

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