Many find themselves guilty of giving up their dream job for the stability of a conventional one. When this happens, there will always come a time when the redundancy and dislike for this conventional job steers you to follow your real passion and make a career out of it. Choosing a different career path may seem like an easy transition, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
The first and most important thing for you to do when making a career change is to identify your reason for wanting to do so. Do not let others push you into making this big decision. It should come from your own will. However, you should also keep in mind that the reason for your wanting to change should be in accordance with desirable values as well. Sure, the grass may seem greener on the other side, but doing a career change for money can be detrimental to your emotional health. Even if the payoff may be better on that new career, consider seeing yourself doing that job for the rest of your life. If you can live with it, then by all means go ahead. Just remember that what you do can no longer be a job if you are truly enjoying what you’re doing. Money is just a bonus.
Know what your strong points are. Self-assessment of your skills and work ethics will help you determine the type of job that’s perfect for you.
On the other hand, never shift careers just because people tell you to. If you do this due to outside pressure and you end up hating your new career, you might forever resent that person who pressured you to make that switch.
Never jump into a new career field without doing your homework. Research about that field and of the other job opportunities you can end up in in that area. It helps for you to network and talk to people in these different career fields, so that your will have a picture of what it’s like to step into their shoes. The more information you get, the better your understanding will be.
Once you’ve found the career you want, invest in everything that your need to know about it. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills in order to bridge the gap between you and your dream job. Gain additional experience, take the necessary course, and speed up the process of getting that goal. If you’ve been away form the job market pool for a long time, it doesn’t hurt to polish up your resume and master communication and interviewing skills.
Try to find time to volunteer or work as an intern, especially if you’re still stuck at your current job. This will let you have a feel of what to expect when you indeed make that switch.
A career change can be daunting, but it can be exciting as well. The satisfaction that comes from knowing that you’re now career-happy translates in into how you live you live from there on – enjoyable and fulfilling.