A career change is one of the biggest steps that one has to take and can be very scary sometimes. It doesn’t matter that you are going for something completely new or taking up something that was related to your previous job, the anxiety would be the same. There are many questions you need to ask yourself before going for a new career. The bottom line is they should answer as to why you are thinking of the change, what you want to do next and also consider the trade-off between new job and money (which sometimes will be there).
So here are some steps that you can follow while doing a career change. Take a look:
- Ask yourself why you want a career change
There can be many reasons that you might want to change the career you are in. You may not like your current job/industry you are working in, sometimes people leave job because of their managers, their interest in no more in that thing or the most legitimate one being that you don’t think the job is taking you somewhere. Analyzing why you want to change your career will help in you in deciding what will interest you.
- Evaluate yourself
You need to evaluate yourself in terms of what are your weaknesses and strengths. You should then be able to decide what is that you will be good at doing and what areas you should improve upon.
- See alternate career options & Do some course in the chosen career option
You need to start seeing what career options you have now that will match with your strengths and your educational qualifications. You may want to also do some courses in the meantime so as get yourself an edge.
- Research about the career options & Seek connections in the industry
Do a good research about the career option and then chose which you want to pursue. Look for geographical factors as well that is if you need to change your location etc… for that job.
Upon deciding a career, see if you can get in touch with some industry experts and people who are already working there. Cultivate good relations with them. It can help you in getting more job opportunities than what you would have gotten by yourself.
- Build up your resume
Have a good resume with skills and education matching to the job you are applying for. Have good references and also prepare fully for the interview.