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Career change

  1. 1. Changing Your Career William Paterson University Career Development Center Created by Lynne Orr, 1/06
  2. 2. Why a Career Change <ul><li>Every job is a temp. job </li></ul><ul><li>Find satisfaction in the work </li></ul><ul><li>Every job is an adventure </li></ul>
  3. 3. Don’t Change Your Career <ul><li>If dissatisfied or disillusioned with current job/boss/company </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ten-Step Plan to Career Change <ul><li>Step 1: Assess your likes and dislikes </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Examine your likes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What do you like doing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is your passion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career assessments </li></ul></ul></ul>Adapted from “The 10-Step Plan to Career Change”, by Randall S. Hansen
  5. 5. Ten-Step Plan to Career Change (continued) <ul><li>Step 2: Research New Careers </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Careers that match your likes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>O*NET </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Occupational Outlook Handbook </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Leverage Your Transferable Skills </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Applicable skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skill sets </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Ten-Step Plan to Career Change (continued) <ul><li>Step 4: Prepare for Education and Training </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Update skills </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Broaden your knowledge </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Start slowly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 5: Continue Networking </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Finding job leads </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discovering advice and information </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Ten-Step Plan to Career Change (continued) <ul><li>Step 6: Gain Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer, part-time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Solidify your decision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 7: Find a Mentor </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance through the rough spots </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Additional network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 8: Change In or Out </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remaining with your current employer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Looking outside your employer </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Ten-Step Plan to Career Change (continued) <ul><li>Step 9: Review Job-Hunting Basics </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research companies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Update your resume and cover letter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Practice interviewing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 10: Be Flexible </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relocation, change in salary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lateral move - springboard </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open your own business </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Do... <ul><li>Have a well developed plan </li></ul><ul><li>Take your time </li></ul><ul><li>Find a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Insecure or unsure feelings are normal </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul>
  10. 10. Thank you <ul><li>Career Development Center </li></ul><ul><li>Morrison Hall, Main Level </li></ul><ul><li>973.720.2281 </li></ul><ul><li>ww2.wpunj.edu/career </li></ul>

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