Tips For Changing Careers

Change is inevitable and inescapable. Some changes are are welcomed with open arms and some are thrust upon us. Changing jobs can be a harrowing experience. But, the thought of a career change can be absolutely terrifying. However, sometimes it’s necessary. If you find yourself at any point of your life in need of a career change, you need to be ready for it. Keep reading to learn some helpful tips on how to prepare for a career change. 

Do Some Research 

Changing careers is something no one should go into lightly. It is a big step to take, and it is in your best interest to have as much knowledge about your new career choice as possible. Before you fully commit to the change, make absolutely sure it is what you want to do. Talk with people who are already in the profession and find out exactly what it entails. Do some online research as well. Find out everything you can about your new chosen profession to ensure it is a leap you want to take. If you decide to go ahead with your new career choice, all the knowledge you have will help you be prepared for any roadblocks you may encounter. 

Embrace the Fear 

Fear can be paralyzing. But, when you are considering a new career, you need to embrace it and use it to help propel you forward. There is a good chance that the fear you feel is a product of venturing into the unknown. So, it is crucial to keep in mind that the new career will not always be foreign to you. Before long the processes, jargon and everything else that comes along with a new career will be second nature to you and your fear will be in the past. Plus, your fears will help you hone your ideas, find flaws in your thinking and prepare you for your next steps. So, find ways to use your fear to your advantage. Here are some tricks to help you out: 

  • Write down all the fears you are feeling about the career change. 
  • Turn each fear into a “how” question that you will be able to answer and conquer. 

This practice will turn your fears into actionable problems that you can break down into doable steps. 

Be Persistent 

Practice prudent persistence. Being persistent in the quest to reach your goals is essential. However, constantly striving for an unattainable goal can be a recipe for disaster. So, you need to find a happy medium. Learn how to differentiate between a temporary barrier and an immovable wall. Once you know which is which, you will have an easier time transitioning to a new career. 

Keep Your Finances in Mind 

Before you jump into finding a new career, you need to ensure you are financially able to make this kind of jump. You need to know you have enough available money to get you by if your salary is going to drop or if you want to try a few different avenues. You do not want to find yourself in a position where you have left an industry, cannot get a foothold in another and have run out of money with which to pay your mortgage. Before you set out on this journey, create a basic budget to see what you have to work with. Do not forget to factor in any money you will need to spend to get going in a new career, like investing in additional education. 

Start With Small Steps

If you are starting to get overwhelmed with your plans to change careers, stop and take a deep breath. Then, break the process down into smaller steps. Instead of focusing on the big picture, take on smaller projects first. Think about what you can do today, tomorrow and the next day. Once those smaller tasks are accomplished, the bigger picture will start to come into focus and you will be more in control of reaching your goal. 

Take Timeout for Yourself 

It can be easy to completely immerse yourself in your career change. But, it is vital that you take time away from your quest and focus on something else. Find activities that will allow you to focus on something other than finding a new career. Spend time with your family, get some exercise, do something fun. Allowing yourself some downtime will not distract you from your ultimate goal and will likely help you get there without being completely fatigued. 

Find a Unique way to Measure Your Success 

Money, fame and success are easy ways to measure success. But, if those are the only measuring sticks you use, you may never feel like you have accomplished anything. On the other hand, if you find a different way to measure your success, you may find that you are doing better than you think. Take some time to think about how you define success and develop a measuring stick that is specifically tailored to you. 

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