If you sit at your desk bored and unsatisfied every day or you’re stuck in a job with no room for advancement and you’ve capped your pay, you might want to consider changing careers. While you might not realize it, it’s actually fairly common for people to change jobs, even if they aren’t in their 20s anymore or recently finished obtaining a college degree for a specific field. It’s okay to pivot — you spend a lot of time working, you should enjoy it. If you are considering starting a new career, here are some tips to make the transition easier.
Thoroughly Research Your Options
One of the most important things you can do before making the actual career change is to research your new desired career. Say for instance, you are currently a manager of a boutique store and you decide a career in real estate is an option. If you don’t want to be an agent, research what it takes to get mortgage jobs instead for a change of pace. This way you know you’ll enjoy your job and you aren’t starting a new career path simply because it sounds like a good idea.
To make the transition process easier, consider looking for a job where you’ll be able to utilize skills you already have, as well as the new ones you need to acquire. For example, as a loan officer, you definitely need good people skills, which you might already possess. You also need to have good math skills, experience in sales, and the ability to handle stressful situations well.
Transitioning to Your New Career
There’s always a transition period regardless of the career you choose to start. Before making your career change, learn what you can about the new career ahead of time. Read up on the job description and everything that goes along with it. If for instance, you want to become a loan officer for a bank, then you will need to learn not only the banking rules and regulations but also the lingo used daily in the industry. Knowing these things ahead of time will set you up to easily shift careers.
Make Sure a Career Change Is What You Want
Let’s face it, anyone can have a bad day at the office or a bad week that sparks thoughts of changing careers. Before you hand in your resignation you need to make sure it’s what you want.
Check the average salary of the position you’re pursuing, not just the one person who makes the gazillion dollars in your new career choice. And, ask yourself tough questions like “What are your advancement opportunities and how long do you have to work to apply for promotions?”
It’s also smart to meet with someone who already has the job. Spend a few hours observing what the person actually does all day to make sure it’s a job you’re willing to do.
Set Your Plan In Motion
Once you make an educated decision based on your findings and observations, it’s time to set your transition plan in motion. Start submitting applications to various companies that are hiring or that have the better salary you are searching for. Remember, that the job search process can take several months depending on the type of job and your salary requirements. Fortunately, you can stay at your current job during the hunt.
Putting your plan in action is the final step in the path to a new career, and probably the most frightening. Making the leap to a new job after having a good salary with benefits is scary. The good news is that once you start your new career, you’ll once again become energized and have a purpose, dedication, and devotion to pursue your dreams of a luxury lifestyle.
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