Changing careers can be a scary and life-changing decision. There is a lot of uncertainty, stress, and fear that come with making that kind of choice, but it may be exactly what you need. The good news? You can take this leap into a better career without going completely crazy. If you are ready for something new, use these four tips to change your career.
Perform Due Diligence
Before committing to a career change, research the new career path to help reduce fear of the unknown. Research online about the company you are looking to work for, what the hours are, and what the job entails on a day-to-day basis.
Are you considering transitioning from a salaried position to a commission-only role? What is the timeline before you start earning money? These are all things you need to know before making the change. Talk to people in the field and maybe even shadow them one day on the job. Data is key.
Don’t Make an Impulsive Decision
One of the biggest no-no’s in changing career paths is to do so when you are not financially stable. Don’t ignore what is in your bank account. Create a budget to get a clear picture of where you are — this will help you make the change without stressing about the initial salary.
Another big no-no is to change careers because of money only. If you haven’t received a raise or promotion, try talking to your boss to figure out how to achieve these things. If you want to change careers simply because you aren’t passionate about your current path, then certainly explore other options.
Find a Mentor
One of the easiest ways to change careers and have a smooth transition is to find a mentor who works in the field you want to be in. Work with them and seek advice from people who have been in the field for years. Everyone enjoys being asked for their counsel. You’d be surprised how much a mentor can help you — they may even be able to refer you to a position at their company or introduce you to key people in the industry. A great place to start networking is to get on LinkedIn and search keywords for the industry you want to work in. Connect with people and ask to meet for coffee, etc. if you don’t know anyone directly in the industry.
Do Something Every Day to Work Toward Your Goal
Changing careers can seem completely overwhelming because there are risks involved. All you need is to find a starting path to figure out where you need to go and how to get there. Once you have a clear picture of what career path you’d like to take, the next step is to work toward that by doing a little research — or at least a little something on a regular basis. A long journey always starts with a small step.
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