5 Steps to Changing Your Career Path
If you choose to change your career path early or later in life you will find this list to be useful. The list below can help you with the general steps to switching professions but if you need specific steps for your exact career path, I would suggest finding a mentor in your field.
First think about all the reasons why you like to change occupations. Having a “why” is a very important step. Think back to the first day of your current position. Now think about how you wake up everyday doing that same job over and over again. A good example of why is “ l love my job therefore I could do it for free”. There will be stressful days however on those days remember WHY you started. Doing what you love is an everyday reward.
Next research 5 job titles in the field you want to undertake and figure out the credentials you’re going to need to apply for the job. If you have to take a class or become certified, complete this step in a good timeframe. If a degree is needed check with your current employer to see if they offer a tuition reimbursement program. Be sure to keep track of all the research that you do.
Now that you know what you want to do and you have your why, it’s time to execute it in some capacity. If the current company you work for offers projects that will help you gain experience in your new position, think about taking on that work. Yes, it’s additional work that probably doesn’t come with supplemental pay, still the experience could get you the salary you desire. Also, there is the possibility of having coworkers to validate your new skills.
Don’t forget about transferable skills: A transferable skill is an ability or expertise which may be used in a variety of roles or occupations.
Now it’s time to put yourself out there. If you have finished the necessary courses and gained some experience it’s time to network. Find individuals in the trenches to learn the ins and out of what you will be doing. There are a ton of people on LinkedIn who share your same passion and won’t mind sharing their experience with you.
“Network to grow your net worth”. — Unknown
Last yet not least contact a recruiter and let them help you with your search. A recruiter will assist you with finding a future employer. If you don’t have a best-friend a recruiter is the perfect contender, they are skilled and have amazing personalities.
I believe in you because you took the time to read this article and get the information you needed. Remember to go the extra mile and be your own competition. Best of luck on your new journey.