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5 Tips To Conquer Career Change

Updated: Aug 15, 2018

Tired of your current career? You are not alone. People switch careers for various reasons: Some decides to follow their passion while others choose a more practical path. Whatever the reason behind your next move may be, one thing's certain: It is a difficult decision to make.

The fact is that going back to entry level is hard when you know you have the necessary skills and experience to satisfy higher qualifications. So before doing anything, be sure to read these helpful tips for shifting a career.

Determining What You Want

Starting over again won’t be smooth sail - you'll encounter waves of different sizes as you start your voyage to the deep blue sea to find your perfect catch. You don’t need a precise definition before you get going. Start by making a list of things you do know for certain you want in the next phase of your career. And if it helps, an alternative list of things you don’t want. The Pros and Cons scheme, this would be your guide finding the career near to your passion. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect job but you can always find something close enough to it.

One step at a time

The good news is that you don’t need to wait for the perfect moment to start on your goals. In fact, you’ll achieve far more with a “little and often” approach than by waiting in vain for an opportunity to take massive action. Don’t struggle to find an ideal starting point or perfect path. Focus on where you want to go for your next phase in your career once you’ve done that even baby steps will be a huge leap. What really matters is that you do a little something on a regular basis. Even if you just take one tiny step each week, at the end of a year you will have made some real progress toward change.

Not all hobbies should be your career

There are a lot of factor to consider on this one. It is like Imagine this: you are an accountant by profession who loves gardening. You feel like this is where you’re good at, and you think you could be a great landscape artist. Gardening is a great hobby and escape from work, but would it be the right career move for you? As Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -- Think hard before choosing.

Basic self-questioning

Can you live with the salary you have from your current job? What does your family/partner think? Ask yourself how a certain career will work with your social patterns, financial stability and family support. This is not to doubt what you can do or sober in negativity but you always need to be practical. Thus, this will help you dig deeper and get a clearer picture of what you truly want in your life and your options to get there.

Professional must-haves

Once you have decided that this is your career, you need to spread the word to get the ball rolling. Connecting with the right people is important on this part since you are looking for a new job.

  • Beef up your resume. Update your resume and highlight the necessary skills needed in your chosen career. Selling yourself as an undeniable fit—especially when you lack the same experience as your competition—means explaining where you’ve been, based on where you want to go.

  • Connections will help you get through your new career. LinkedIn would be your new Facebook and Head Hunters would be your best friends.

  • Get yourself a calling card. Printing your new information on a card can be transformative.

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