Essential things to consider when changing your career
Making a career change is a big transition that comes with a list of factors to consider. However, this does not mean that a change in careers is impossible, because it is more than possible to not only change careers, but to also excel in your future career choice. From mental preparations to understanding what comes with the new field, these certain factors will increase your awareness, comprehension of what to expect, and make the transition smoother into your new career.
Assess your skill set
Careers come with a required set of skills, not having the appropriate skills can prevent you from finding or excelling in a job. In order to improve your skill set, it is helpful to consider participating in workshops, taking courses, and even shadowing someone that has years of experience in the field.
Find a career coach
Career coaches have multiple roles, two of which are helping you move forward and also supporting you in a career change. Transitions are easier said than done, so having a career coach assist you during the process of shifting careers can ensure that you have a less stressful and more positive experience.
Check out job opportunities
Educating yourself on the job market before you enter a new career is vital because it prevents you from any disappointment if there is a lack of jobs, prepares you for where to apply once you are ready, or it can inspire you to get excited for the career change if the job opportunities are substantial.
Be aware of the career setting and details
For future clarity, it is beneficial to do your research on what the job setting entails, what to expect when it comes to salary, how the hours are like, if any jobs offer benefits, and what perks are included from different companies.
Attend informational interviews
If there are companies that spark your interest, get in touch with them and ask for an informational interview. It is insightful to go in and see what the setting is like, as well as meeting employers/employees that you could potentially work with. This also helps you introduce yourself to potential employers, and also get a feel for what the job environment is like.
Try out the career
Whether it is partaking in an internship, part-time role, full time job, or volunteering- there is no harm in trying out the career of interest before committing to it long term. Although it is a bit of a risk if you do leave the career that you have to try something new, sometimes having first hand experience is essential to making that career transition. While trying out the career, it is helpful to assess your skill set, think about your motive, reflect upon your definition of career success, and take notes on the career setting and details.
Set realistic expectations
Having expectations can either be rewarding, or it can be disappointing. Disappointment can come from having unrealistic expectations, or not being aware of the expectations that are brewing in your mind. Granted, it is impossible to not have expectations. However, being aware of the expectations and making them as realistic as possible when considering a career change can make the transition more logical, less stressful, and a bit easier to get through.
These essential factors to consider can provide you with the necessary clarity to either feel ready to move forward or take the time you need when making that career change. These elements will raise your awareness, knowledge of what to expect, and make the adjustment into your new career smoother, from mental preparations to grasping what comes with the new field.
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