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A Successful Career Change


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A Successful Career Change

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  2. 2. How to Create a Successful Career Change Making a constant career switch is not good for your resume and doesn’t guarantee career success either. Why do people still leave their jobs in exchange for something that can’t promise a lifetime of career security? Whatever reasons they may have, one thing is for sure; changing careers usually means investing your time, effort and money until you eventually run out of it. Your career is like an investment, and therefore, you need to be well informed before you make any changes to it. We will help you create an informed decision on whether you need a few weeks break from work or a career switch. Here are the steps: 1. Ask yourself “do I really need a career change?” – Perhaps you just need a find a new job or take a few days off from work to lessen career related stress. A job change is simpler than changing your entire career. If your career doesn’t make you happy and isn’t making any signs of moving forward despite your best efforts, then just follow your heart. 2. Evaluate yourself – after deciding on a career change, take time to know yourself better. Find out what else you can do. Consider your skills, interests and values that you could enhance or use to pursue your future career goals. 3. Write down the top 3 jobs you can apply for under this career – create a list of the possible jobs you can apply for given your skills and interests. Although they may not seem enough, you can work on them later on. Try jobs that appeal to you or you have considered doing before. 4. Research on these jobs – find time to read and understand the duties and responsibilities of this job. Check if you meet the qualifications and requirements of any of these particular occupations, including career advancement opportunities and the salary. 5. Choose “the job” – complete your research and when satisfied, narrow it down to the job you carefully selected. 6. Meet people – get the best source of information about your job option from the people who have been working in the same field as your career of choice. 7. Create your goals – write down your short and long term goals including the strategies you need to make to make the career shift as easy as possible. Slowly take the steps one at a time. 8. Invest – start training for your new career. Prepare by enrolling in short courses or undergo paid trainings to get the necessary skills and knowledge needed for your new career. It may take time and money but it will all be worth it in the end. Whether we admit it or not, changing careers can sometimes be the only resort to reach career fulfillment and success. It takes a courageous person to go after what he wants and succeed at it, no matter what cost. These easy steps will guide you in preparing for a career change and will help you make the entire process as easy and convenient as possible. Career Search in 5 Steps There is no age limit when it comes to a career search because as human as we are, we are all capable of making mistakes. These mistakes involve our choices in life, even those choices that felt right in the beginning and wrong in the end; one example of such is choosing
  3. 3. your career. There are several factors that could have influenced our decision when choosing a career to settle for, it could be our background, our family history or career pressure. Now that you have realized that this is not for you, you have every right to switch careers and find the best one for you. There are 7 basic steps to follow to make a successful career search. Doing a career search can be really challenging because we need to figure out a lot of things about ourselves. Yes, you can make mistakes in choosing a career that is why these 5 basic steps will guide you and keep you on track when things get a little shaky. Just remember to follow your heart in every decision you make regarding your career. 1. Evaluate yourself –through the years, it is fair to say that you probably already know what your strengths and weaknesses are, including your skills, hobbies and interests. Take a hard look on yourself and your past experiences including the years you spent in school. Write them down so you can start creating a career search strategy that is made just for you. Career Change at Forties 2. Prepare –if you are considering a career that requires skills you still need to learn or improve, take time to enroll in classes or short courses that will help you practice these skills to prepare you for the career of your choice. Participate in as much helpful training as possible to increase your earning potential in the future. 3. Create an outstanding resume and cover letter – these letters will create a big impact in the entire application process because at one glance, recruiters can easily identify if you are worthy of their time, so make sure they are free from grammatical and spelling errors. Aside from writing all the necessary information about your work history and your qualifications, make sure that they are geared towards the job you are considering to land. 4. Interact –let people know that you are searching for a career. Your friends and family members may know of something or someone that is hiring or in particular need of a job or career you are dreaming of. These people can help you in your search so don’t be embarrassed to share it to the people who matter most to you. 5. Check your finances –if you are doing a career search, you need to check your finances and make sure that you have enough to sustain your needs just until you find a new job and receive your paycheck for the first 3 months. At 40, some people take a turnaround and begin to look at life in a different perspective. Perhaps they begin to experience what they call a “midlife crisis” wherein their attitude and outlook in life change big time. Some feel that life is too short to get stuck in an unfulfilling job that they have endured for as long as they can remember and find nothing wrong in changing their careers to find something satisfying and worthy of their time. If you start to feel that you need a big change in your Career, nobody can stop you because that is your life. However, let me remind you that a career change doesn’t happen overnight in your sleep. This process needs careful and effective planning as well as a considerable amount of time to turn into a success. But don’t you worry because we will help you determine which new career path is the right one for you. 1. Create a list –to find out the things that you are good at; you need to take time or spend a few days evaluating yourself, your skills, your inspiration, and your interests. Write them down including your hobbies and your past experiences that you enjoyed doing,
  4. 4. which are not related to your current job. Don’t forget the skills that you are making use at work and those in your free time. If your list of interests overlaps your skills, then we can make out of what career is good for you. 2. Invest in yourself – you need to understand that sometimes you don’t have the most excellent skills to change careers just because you are good at something. Enrolling in classes or short courses will help you enhance your skills and build new and better ones, as well as increase your earning potential in the long run. 3. Offer a helping hand – write down your top 3 career options and look for volunteer opportunities to find out if any of those careers appeal to you. It will also help you narrow your choices down to the top 2 until you choose the best one for you. It is also a good chance to see if your skills are good enough or if you need more time to improve. 4. Expand your network – at this age, there is no denying that you perhaps built good relationships with some people but these people are not the people you can ask about your new career of choice. It is time to meet new people who are in the same field as your career of interest to know more about it and to get an idea of what the jobs are like. Changing Careers doesn’t happen in a snap, and even at your forties, you still need to follow these 4 basic steps to get you ready for this big transition in your life. Just follow your heart and trust your instincts because you only live once, and you have every right to be happy just like everyone else.