Many questions come to mind when considering a career change. The main focus being to bring home enough income to live comfortably. When you don’t find your work has significance and value in conjunction with your career goals, it’s hard to keep the enthusiasm, energy, and commitment with moving forward in your career. Feelings of frustration or being unable to enjoy time at home, occur, knowing another workday is ahead. You are more likely to be successful in a career that you feel a passion for.
Embarking on a new career is an an investment in time, energy, and possibly some finance in the career transition. The most important aspect in a new career search consists of knowing what you want and how hard you want to work for it.
According to 4therapy.com, basic criteria that people want and look for when embarking on new careers are:
- Opportunities to use and expand skills, abilities, and expertise
- To feel challenged
- Friendly, cooperative workplace relationships
- Pride in the work you do and the workplace with which you’re associated
"Find ways to test the new career you’re looking to switch into so you’re sure you want it. That’s the only way you’ll have the courage to do it and persist at it when things get tough. You need to know it’s exactly what you want to be doing. Talk to lots of people in that new industry and offer to meet the people who inspire you for coffee to pick their brain (be really appreciative when they give you that time.). Believe in yourself and the unique skills you have. You're here to put them to good use. Last but not least, be brave and follow your gut. Your intuition is almost always right", says Susanna Halonen, on careershifters.org, who went from Project Manager to Coach, Trainer, and Speaker.
Here are some ideas to begin the process of changing careers:
- Establish a relationship with those in the industry. Find out who’s who to discuss what’s current with the new career, such as what you should read and educational avenues available to you.
- Take courses. Look into webinars, classes, and workshops offered to keep your pulse on the latest updates in the field.
- Do research on your new career.
- Have a positive mindset.
Transitioning into a new career may prove to be most rewarding. You are showing courage, creativity, and a resolve to have the most meaningful and productive career path for yourself.