So, you’ve been thinking about making a career change. How do you know it is time to take the leap? Here are some key considerations.
How do you know it is time to change careers?
- You have trouble getting yourself out of bed in the morning and motivating yourself to go to work
- You dread going to work, just the thought of it makes you anxious
- You get depressed on Sunday night knowing you have to go back to work in the morning
- You are constantly thinking that this isn’t what you want to do when you grow up
- The thought of doing this for the rest of your working career depresses you
- You are frustrated that you are not using certain talents and abilities or not pursuing key interests or passions
- You have that nagging feeling in your gut that just won’t go away
Is it real or a passing phase?
- Do some self-assessment exercises to clarify your interests and abilities
- Get input from colleagues and friends about your strengths and your possible fit in your desired role
Learn more about the career you aspire to before making a final decision
- Conduct informational interviews with people who are doing the job you think you want, find out what it is really like
- Is there any opportunity to test what you think you want to do by doing it part time or in a volunteer situation while you keep your day job?
- Identify what education or certification may be required and determine what you need to do to meet those criteria
- If you aren’t qualified to take your dream job now, identify what you need to do to quality, what job now would lead to the job you desire?
- What companies offer the type of job you desire? Who do you know at those companies for networking?
If you decide it is time for a change, have a plan.
- Identify target companies and research those companies
- Identify networking contacts within those companies
- Conduct informational interviews with contacts in your target companies
- Prepare your resume and cover letter to focus on your transferrable skills
- Prepare your pitch of how you will present yourself in networking events and in interviews, explain your motivation for the change and your transferrable skills
- Identify opportunities to gain needed training or experience while you are searching
- Use your passion to motivate you throughout the process
We all spend too much time working to be miserable doing it. Find work that you love and do it well.