Useful tips for those who want to change careers


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Excited about having a new career? If you are, then you should find time to assess your current situation and look at all your career options so that you could have a better idea of what career is going to satisfy you.

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Useful tips for those who want to change careers

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  2. 2. Excited about having a new career? If you are, then you should find time to assess your current situation and look at all your career options so that you could have a better idea of what career is going to satisfy you. How to Succeed in Your Career Change 1. Measure your satisfaction in your current job. If you are worried that you may not be as satisfied now in your job as you were when you were just starting, this could be a sign that you need some change in your lifestyle. If your frustrations are related to what you do in your job or to the people you work with, then changing careers might be a good idea. 2. Do a self-assessment test to know more about yourself. If you are considering switching careers, you should assess your own skills, personal values, and interest. This is an important step in trying to figure out if it’s the right time for you to jump to a different career field. 3. Explore all your career options. The best way to explore the possible careers you can choose from is to brainstorm with people who know you. You can discuss with them your skills, experience, and core values that could match whatever career you wish to pursue. The internet is another good resource you can use to help you in doing a self-assessment. 4. Compare various career fields. Before you decide on what new career to pursue, make sure that you do a comparative evaluation of various fields so that it will be easier for you to pick the one you can benefit from the most. Remember that it’s not enough that you switch to a field where you can find self-satisfaction. More importantly, your new job should be able to financially support all your needs. 5. Participate in volunteer programs. To get a feel of what it’s going to be like in a different field, you can join volunteer activities related to your career of choice. The advantage of doing this is that you will have a firsthand experience of the job involved, and this is a great chance for you to meet people in the industry. 6. Consider developing new skills. There’s a great chance that you will need to acquire new skills which are relevant to the new career you are to pursue. In this case, it may be a good idea to also consider enrolling in certain courses where you would learn things that you will later on need for your new job. By doing this, there is no doubt that your choice of changing jobs will be an effective and beneficial one. Your skills and work experience are definitely the best tools you have when it comes to getting a new job. And if you are thinking of switching careers, you would also depend on these two things to help make your transition easier. It is, therefore, important that you have the ability to demonstrate and explain to a prospective employer how your skills and background or experience actually make you the right person for the job. But before anything else, you have to see to it that you’ve got the skills necessary for the job you are applying for.
  3. 3. This is where the importance of having transferable skills comes into play. If you are thinking of changing careers, you should identify what transferable skills you have actually developed through your experience. The purpose of this article is to make you understand more what such skills are and how relevant they are to your quest for a new career. Transferable Skills – What Are They? Transferable skills are the ones that you acquire or develop from all the experiences you have personally and professionally. These skills are transferable because you can apply them to any new job or career you wish to pursue. Basically, these skills include analytical skills, such as statistics, analysis, finance, research, and so on. Apart from analytical skills, transferable skills also involve various personal skills as well as technical skills. There are certain skills that are considered general transferable skills also. These are the skills you can use in any industry. Examples of general transferable skills are leadership skills, project management skills, and the like. How to Identify Your Transferable Skills One very effective way of identifying transferable skills is by making a comparison between your present job and the job that you are hoping to get in the new industry you are to pursue. You can do this by listing down all the qualifications, requirements, or responsibilities that come with the new career. Once you have done this, make a list of such information also about your current career. If you compare the two lists, you will realize that there are some requirements in the new career that you have not reached or obtained yet. This way, you will have an idea about which aspects of yourself need improvement. After you have figured out the transferable skills you possess, you should focus on how potential employers will take notice you and your credentials. You can start by including some specific details about your skills on your resume. Make sure that you outline your achievements and not the responsibilities you had in your previous job. If you can do this, there is no doubt that you will have a successful career or job change. Anyone with a leadership role in an organization has a tough job of balancing the skills of the workforce. In any company, it is very important to develop not only the technical skills of the employees, but their soft skills as well. When the technical skills overshadow the soft skills considerably, there is definitely the so-called soft skills gap. The soft skills of the workforce are actually what give hard skills a lot of value. Without the soft skills, there is no way a company can take full advantage of its technical skills. - If your staff members are outstanding at getting clients, but can’t do a good job in keeping them, this is a clear sign of lack of soft skills. - If the staff turnover keeps rising and it’s becoming hard to retain employees, the management definitely doesn’t have enough soft skills. - If you see you have several managers, among whom you cannot find a real leader, you have a problem with soft skills gap. It is your job as a leader to look into how your workforce’s experience, knowledge and proficiency are maximized. If this is not the case for your company or your team, then it’s time that you make an assessment of the level of interpersonal and communication skills within your group.
  4. 4. Keep in mind that the workplace is an interpersonal dynamic which you cannot take for granted. The simple things, like discussing, expressing opinions, listening, settling conflicts, and maintaining a positive environment are all about how people relationships must be built and maintained. It is always these skills of people that will eventually define how effective and productive the workforce will be. Recognizing the presence or lack of soft skills within the organization is the important first step. Once you see there is something to improve on, make sure that the entire organization becomes aware of it, so that everyone can be involved in turning things around for the better. In such cases, coaching and mentoring programs will play an important role. An employee who lacks specific technical skills can easily be urged to take additional training courses to further enhance the needed skills. On the other hand, if an employee doesn’t have soft skills, he or she would certainly benefit from a mentoring program. Mentors would normally come from the organization itself. A mentor should be experienced and wise enough to know exactly what particular skills should be taught or developed by the mentee. At the end of the day, the employees and the employer will both benefit from the improved soft skills in the workforce. For the organization, productivity will rise, and staff turnover will go down. As for the workers, developing their soft skills will be very helpful in their careers in the long run, even when they eventually consider changing careers.