The simple thought of switching careers can be daunting, exhausting, and thought of as impossible. Not only are you thinking of changing companies and job titles, but you’ll also be entering an entirely different line of work than what you’re used to. You may have little to no experience in the industry, but DON'T let that stop you from pursuing the career you really want.
Here’s our best advice on how to switch careers with ease, regardless of your experience or age:
Find Your Why
There’s a reason why you’re leaving behind what’s comfortable and venturing into the unknown. Maybe it’s the hours, or the pay, or your boss. Whatever the trigger, you need to identify it now so you can ensure it won’t be a problem in your new career. The cause of your departure can reveal a lot about your decision and even help guide you to the best next step.
Figure Out How
Once you decide on a new path, what will it take to get there? Do you need a different degree or certification? Do you need experience that you can get through an internship or volunteering? You may be able to fill in the knowledge gaps with an online course or local class.
Create an Action Plan
Start with the end in mind: You know where you are and where you want to be, and now you have to connect the dots. Having a plan will help you know exactly what you need to do, in order, so that you have the best chance of crossing the finish line.
Build the Right Network
It’s not just what you know about your new career, it’s about who you know who can help you achieve your goals. Start building a solid network of people who may be able to help you break into a new field. Ask questions so you know what to expect, ask for introductions and recommendations, and let your new circle know you’re willing to return the favor.
Are you considering a shift in your future? Reach out today for a career coaching session to help you prepare so you can feel confident about your decision!