Sick of your old job and wanting to do something
different? Lost your job and now you're desperately seeking employment
anywhere you can? Are you feeling scared, worried, even anxious about
taking the giant step into the unknown world of change?
Changing careers can be a daunting task for
anyone, however, despite that looming fear of change that might haunt
us, it doesn’t have to be. With six simple steps, you will have prepared
yourself for a smooth sail right into your next career choice.
Have in mind what you want
Think hard about what kind of career path you want to follow. Is the
career going to make you happy? Are you passionate about the area? Is it
an achievable goal, e.g. do you have the right qualifications for the
job you want? For something fun and educational at the same time, a
great test that you can take to find out what your work preferences are,
what you are like as a person and what would suit you better as an
individual is the MBTI. This test is used in many career interviews to
check out your personality type. Head to Complete MBTI Test and take the test.
Explore your career options
What type of jobs are out there suited to your needs and how do we
explore options for future careers? One of the best skills that anyone
can have is the ability to network with others. As long as you can talk
to strangers and interact like it was an everyday occurrence, networking
will become like second nature. Take advantage of networking meetings
and occasions and you might just meet your future employer or at least a
friend of a friend who is hiring.
An important component of any change is to work out your time
schedule and allow yourself time to focus on topics like career
searching, research, organising and attending network meetings. This gap
time will put the focus on making your career move simple and less
stressful. For example, if you have left work to become a writer, put
aside chunks of time in your day to block out the world and just sit
down and write. If you have a family, get them behind you as your
support network. With more than yourself pushing you, you are more
likely to achieve your goals and feel happier in the process.
Build your skills
While you have some spare time, why not head to your local TAFE or
university and pick up a class or two. Depending on the career choice
you have picked, there might be a course being held that will bring you
up to scratch or help you build some skills you might be struggling
Need help getting motivated and finding the next step in moving forth
with your career change? Why not hire a career or life coach to give
you that extra shove in the right direction. A coach will be there to
help you and hold your hand with every step of the journey. Can’t afford
a coach? Check out the book The Portable Coach by Thomas Leonard or The Winners Bible by Dr Kerry Spackman.
Take the giant leap
Whether it’s been a few weeks or a couple of months, or maybe even a
year, once you are ready to move on to the career of your choice, take
the leap and believe everything will turn out for the best. By now you
would have thought about all the risks, pros and cons of where you want
to be and the job will almost feel like a part of your life. Just
remember, you are not alone in the world of career changes and the
feelings that come with it. Everyone in the world has been in your
shoes, at least once or twice.