Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
Changing your career is possible at any time in your life if you have the desire and motivation to make the change. You must have commitment and passion in order to make an informed decision and a professional exit from your previous employment.
There are many reasons to make a career change decision. The career that you previously chose may be highly stressful and demanding. You could be bored and need a more challenging career. You could have job burnout and just don’t like that type of work anymore.
You first must decide if you need to make a career change decision. You can do this by taking a free “career test” on the internet. Be sure to answer the questions truthfully to get an accurate outcome. Evaluate your skills and your interests before taking the test.
Make a list of occupations to explore that generated from the career test that you took. Research the ones that you are interested in and explore the demand for that occupation. Match your skills with the skills that are in demand for the occupation that you are researching.
Now ask yourself: What do I want? What do I enjoy doing? What am I good at? What is important to me? How does this affect my loved ones? Relate your answers to these questions to the occupations that you listed so that you can make an informed career change decision.
A well planned exit from your current employment is important to your next career. A professional request for a meeting with your employer to discuss the final career choices that you have made will give an advanced warning that will be appreciated.
You will want to manage your final days when leaving to project a positive professional attitude. Organize your performance reviews, ask for letters of recommendation and references. Stick to your decision and remain positive to the end.
If you are currently unemployed or job searching then this could be a good time to consider a career change. The job outlook could be worse due to economic impacts that have lessened your career opportunities. Life style changes can also create a desire to make a career change.
Career transitioning possibilities can include working in the same industry but in a different career or working in a different industry but in the same career. You could do contract work or be self employed. Portfolio work is also an option where you work two or more different kinds of jobs.
The career opportunities are endless if you are determined and motivated to make the change. It does not happen over night but will happen over time if you remain positive and committed to your decision. A career change decision can change your life.