The time has come for a career change. You wish to switch
careers and it's the only thing on your mind these days. Bored,
fired, low pay or high ambition, there are any number of reasons
for a career change. First things first! Don't fret. A career
change is not as bad these days as it was made out to be in the
olden days when there were fewer options for employment. But
now, with highly paid jobs available and new skills that can be
learnt over a few weeks, things have changed drastically. Many
people have given up seemingly secure banking, government jobs
etc and have opted for software jobs, creative jobs and even
freelance options. All you need then is a bit of courage, a dash
of self belief and some clarity of thought and you can join the
band of people who have successfully changed careers.
you are on the edge of changing careers, here are a few things
you may want to do to get more clarity on your thought process.
As always we must begin the process at home i.e. with ourselves.
Firstly take an honest look at why you want to change your
career. Junk the trash about bad boss, bad conditions etc
because these reasons do not help you in your decision making
process. Instead identify aspects about the job that you want,
about qualities within you that you feel can be commercially and
creatively expanded. In simple terms find out what excites you -
meeting people, negotiating, writing, traveling, sports,
communicating or whatever else. Once you know that this is the
one thing you would like to do for your creative satisfaction
then we can zero down to further career options. If on the other
hand you are seeking to move because you wish more compensation,
faster growth, travel etc, look to identify your qualities and
experience that could land the kind of jobs you want. For
example if you wish to be a software consultant and you have
been working as an accountant, there are many finance related
software skills that you can add to yourself to find a software
career with an accounting background.
excites you the most and find a career that works around your
passion. There are as many options as you want these days. If
you conduct some research, you will be surprised at the kind of
options that are available. From working from home to traveling
abroad to setting up event management companies to providing
creative consultancy, you can hop on to any career you wish.
Normally most ex-jobs (even the most boring ones) leave you with
a certain amount of basic skills that come in good stead for
your career change. Organizational skills, communication skills,
creative skills, administrative skills, leadership skills etc
are skills that you can carry along with you to your new job.
Identify those skills and work on them in a way that you can
leverage them for you new career. This will give you a head
start because most principles in business or arts work around a
pattern and you can slot it into your pattern.
people you know in the new career you would like to get into and
meet as many people in that business as you can. Their advise on
how the industry works, the skill sets required and so on will
be invaluable. Based your research you can narrow down your
search to the courses or skills you need to add and where from.
The process will also help you meet many new people who could be
valuable resources in the new career search. It also helps to
gain experience on the side, by working on projects or part time
A career change can be the one decision that could
change your life for the better because it is a decision you
would have taken consciously and responsibly. It is a decision
you have taken for your own good and therefore you will work at
it diligently and carefully and with a lot of love and care. In
most cases it is a passion for that kind of work or the result
of your work that motivates you and both reasons augur well for
you in the career. Thee will be some initial set backs - the
cash flows may not be heavy in the beginning, new places and new
environments might be daunting but it will all pass. Once you
are up and over that learning curve nothing can stop you. Good
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