Starting a new career is never easy – in fact it’s usually anything but that. As exciting as it may be, it’s also scary and stressful, especially when you’re leaving one career to start a whole new path. Sometimes it may be because you’re finally taking the leap to pursue a passion and sometimes it may be because you are forced to find something new. No matter what is pushing you into a new career, though, there are a few tips to make the transition a little smoother.
- 1. Make a solid plan
Deciding that you want to make a career change is easy in theory, but without having a solid plan full of calculated moves to get you there it can be all but impossible. Sit down and outline how you’re going to get to where you want and what you need to do in the meantime to make the transition. This will help alleviate some stress as well as keep you focused and driven towards success.
- 2. Network as much as possible
As soon as you determine what career field you’re going to enter start networking. Attend different group meetings, luncheons, job fairs – whatever you can attend to start meeting people and making connections. This will help give you a good idea of the type of people you can expect to be working with on a daily basis and will help you to form friendships with like-minded people who can help you get your foot in the door. LinkedIn is a great source for connecting you to professionals in your field.
- 3. Practice your interview skills
For people that have been out of the interview process for a while, jumping back in can be nerve-racking. Understand that not every interview is going to be a huge success, but that by practicing you can help to pad each one. Go over all of your skills that make you a strong asset to the position and talk it out with a friend or family member so they can critique you on where you may have weak answers to potential questions. Each trial run of an interview will make you more confident for the actual one.
- 4. Beef up your resume
Spend some time doing some research on how you can become a bigger asset to the field you want to enter. Take some extra college courses – maybe even look into some online courses if you can’t make it to an actual class – or get some extra certifications. This will not only make you more prepared for the transition, but also show your dedication to succeed through bettering yourself.
- 5. Don’t get discouraged
There will be discouraging moments in your career change, whether it’s the stress of telling employers you’re leaving or the lack of success at finding a new job. Keeping a positive outlook will help you stay focused, where getting discouraged and down on yourself will only hinder the process. Don’t let each setback define you.
Career changes will always be wrought with potholes waiting to trip you up along the way, however with a calculated approach you will be successful sooner or later. Staying focused and motivated will reap results in the end.
This is a guest post from Laura Backes, she enjoys writing about all kinds of subjects and also topics related to internet service in my area. You can reach her at: laurabackes8 @ gmail.com.
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