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Changing Careers the Smart Way — Tips and Tricks to do it Right
Changing careers for the average Australian falls under the numbers of five to seven times during his or her time as an employee. If you think people retire with the same company where they started their career, well, think again.
The move from career A to career B can be caused by various internal and external reasons — which may lead others to even go as far as career Z!
At first glance, the thought of a career change can be easily entertained — especially when motivated by the status of your current job role.
It’s either you don’t have the same motivation you had when you first came in, or you can’t see that your work is proving to be useful to someone or something.
Feeling anything similar can really affect how you think, your performance, and how you interact with colleagues.
Just like anyone experiencing the same situation, your natural course of action is to get out of your current setting, and move on to a better one.
But while it seems the best thing to do, don’t rush the decision and move before you’re actually ready. You don’t want to make a mistake that you might regret in the long run.
Here are smart tips to consider if you’re thinking about changing careers:
1. Evaluate Your Current Job Satisfaction
Given that you’re already having thoughts of moving forward, you should first evaluate your current job situation before switching careers.
Start by identifying and listing down the things you love about your current job role and the company as an organisation.
Then pin them side by side with those that you don’t like. Or, the reasons that made you think of moving on.
If you come to realise that what triggers you to move on to a new career outweighs everything you like and love about your current career, then moving on might be best.
But, if in case you realise the opposite, then you might want to lay back and take your time to consider staying for a little while.
Who knows, you may possibly amend every issue you have with your employer with the right and proper way of settling things.
The point is, don’t rush anything. Take the time to breathe, assess, and reflect. Don’t end up making the wrong choice in the end.
2. Check Out Job Options
Changing careers is not as easy as anyone thinks it may be. Especially if you’ve been in the same industry and doing the same thing for quite some time.
If you are leaning towards a career change, then the first thing to do is conduct in-depth research about the possible job roles and career paths you want to take on next.
Scout the next best possible job role that’s somehow related to your previous work.
You don’t want to jump ship into a career that you are unsure of, and might end up making your current situation even worse.
Shifting from one industry to a completely new one can be tricky. But, as long as you can still apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired from your previous job roles, you might be able to adapt easily.
3. Upgrade Your Skills
Prepare yourself in changing careers by looking for ways on how to upgrade your current skillset.
If you’ve been doing the same thing for quite some time already, then it’s safe to say that you may already have professional-level skills for whatever your job role is.
With that said, it’s easy to get complacent. You may think that what you already know is all there is — and that might prove to be problematic.
If you’re looking to switch careers, it might be best to upgrade your existing skills. Stay updated and acquire relevant knowledge that will help you stay competitive in the game.
4. Consider a New Job in the Same Industry
Finding a new job shouldn’t always mean shifting into a new Industry entirely. Consider taking on a new job role within the same industry.
This way, you can preserve the knowledge you have accumulated within your current industry.
You’d have fewer problems, if not none at all, in transitioning and adapting to your new job role with this option.
If you are a store manager for a large retail chain and have grown tired of the evening and weekend hours, consider a move to corporate recruiting within the retail industry. Or if you are a programmer who doesn’t want to program, consider technical sales or project management.
5. Update your Resume
Evaluate yourself and see if your resume needs to be updated.
If you’ve been with the same employer for at least three years now, then you’re not the same person as when you first submitted your resume to them.
It’s because you’ve probably gained valuable skills and knowledge during that period. This may come from all the internal and external training you’ve had with your employer.
It’s good to update your resume with all that acquired experience, as it will really make you look better.
If you need a refresher on how to go about your resume, view the blog we have on Resume Writing Tips. But if you’re all good, then start updating now!
Switching careers may make or break your future. This is why it’s best to do it the smart and proper way.
Again, this is a huge deal for every working-class individuals. That’s why ample thought should be given before changing careers.
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