It may happen to you one morning that you wake up and realise you are in the wrong job. While many people are reluctant to take the ‘risky’ option to change, others feel like they have to option but to perform a career u-turn. This blog is for people very much in the second camp. While embarking on a new career can feel scary at any point in life, a scarier thought is spending the rest of your life doing something that doesn’t make you happy. So, with this in mind, here are a few top tips for changing career.
Select a New Career
You first need to find a career path that interests you before you think about the best ways of getting into it. Think about the sort of work environment that would make you happy and what motivates you in life. Also, consider what you naturally love doing and what you are good at. Looking at a career from the outside is very different to working in it, so try to do as much research as you can before taking the plunge. Network with other people who are already in the field and you will get a much clearer picture of what it will be like to work in it.
Don’t Put Too Much Pressure On Yourself
Many people think that the decision to change career is all or nothing, but the truth is that many people try various different things until they settle on something that is right for them. Gone are the days when you would get a job straight after leaving school and stick at it for the rest of your life. There is no point putting too much pressure on this one decision as it could quickly mount up and you may end up psyching yourself out of making the decision.
You Can Take a Gradual Approach
For many workers, it is the perceived abruptness of a big career change that puts them off the most. But you don’t necessarily have to quit your job tomorrow and immediately throw yourself into a new job. You may decide to look first at temporary jobs as a stepping stone to something more permanent. You may need to take some further education as a way of getting into your chosen field. As long as you are moving in the right direction, it is okay to take a step-by-step approach rather than one giant leap into the unknown.
Believe that You Can Make it Work
In order to make your new career work out for you, you need to redefine yourself in those terms. For example, if you have always been an accountant, then it can be quite a mental shift to now think of yourself as a graphic designer. Before other people start to believe in you in your new guise, you need to believe in yourself. Once you accept that your old life is behind you and your new one is what matters now, you will be in a much stronger position to make things work.