Wednesday, April 30, 2014

How to Prepare for a Career Change

Career change is daunted by many because of the negative effects that it brings. While career change can be very daunting, it is sometimes the key to a brighter future for you and your family. If you want to explore career change and have positive results come of out of it, read and apply the insights listed below.

Perform a self-assessment - Ask yourself the things that you like and dislike about your current job. Also, take note of your strengths and weakness. Is your current job able to make use and cultivate your strengths? There are assessment tools that are readily available online and in public libraries. If you can't administer that test to yourself, contact a coach or professional who is skilled in these. Proper assessment will help you find the best job.

Research about your dream job - Interview people whose careers are in line with your interest. Ask how they started and how they're doing at the moment. Research about the requirements, possibilities of improvement, trainings and seminars that you need to attend, etc.

Create an action plan - Put into writing when you want to quit your current job and what are you going to do to prepare for your dream career. It is best that you have monthly goals so that you will see a clear direction of where you're going.

Create connections - Do you have family and friends who can get you to the right track? Don't be shy to ask them for help or ask help from people they know. Be ready to gain experience too. Perhaps, you want to be a public speaker. Start by being an assistant of a public speaker you know and work your way up.

Do a reality check - Considering your financial situation, is it advisable for you to switch careers today? If not, postpone your desire for it later and deal with your needs today.