The 3-Step Guide To Changing Careers
So you’ve made the decision: you want to change careers. You could be feeling stuck, bored or unhappy in your current job, or you might just feel it’s time to change things up a bit and refresh your career path. Whatever the case, changing careers can be a daunting concept.
But it doesn’t have to be! Take a look at the following 3-step guide to learn exactly how to tackle the process of a career change.
Step 1: Think about what you really want to do.
Before you hand in your resignation letter or launch into any job applications, you need to take a moment to consider where you want to go from here – and why. What is it about your current job that makes you want to change careers? Are you feeling unchallenged or unsatisfied? Perhaps you don’t even want an entirely new role or company to work for – just some kind of change in your current job.
Once you understand why you want to make a change, consider where it is you want to go now. What have you always dreamed of doing? Which area have you always been interested in working in? What’s the logical next step in your career progression?
Once you know exactly what you want to do, or what changes you want to make in your current role, it’s a matter of considering how to get there.
Step 2: Consider which skills you already have and which you’ll need to develop.
A career change doesn’t necessarily mean starting completely from scratch. Your current job has equipped you with a certain set of skills – some or all of which may be transferable to your desired new role. For example, if you’re currently working in marketing and want to make the switch to journalism, you might already have strong communication skills you can take with you.
Write down all the skills you’ve developed throughout your career so far and match them with the skills you’re likely to need in your next position. Then identify the gaps in your training, knowledge and skillset. What sort of things will you need to learn or develop in order to make your desired career change work?
Step 3: Do your research.
Once you’ve got a clear idea of where you want to go and the skills you need to develop to get there, it’s time to dive into some research. The first thing you should do is investigate the range of online education and training courses available. Seek out courses that will help you fill the gaps in your skillset and determine how long you’ll need to complete them, and whether you can study alongside work commitments.
Once you’ve researched your education options, you need to research the job market in your chosen field. As well as performing online research on job sites and so on, you should try to talk to people who already work in that field.
Reaching out to people with experience in the career space you’ve decided to pursue has two benefits. Firstly, you’ll gain a clearer understanding about what you’ll really be getting into with a job in that area; and secondly, you may be able to glean some advice about where to seek a job, or even make an important connection with a potential employer.
Once you’ve completed all the above steps, you’re well on your way to pursuing your new career avenue. Using all the knowledge you’ve gained through your research and reflection, it’s time to take the next step by applying for a course or a job. We wish you all the best for your future career endeavours!
Author: Emily Burgess
Bio: Emily is a senior content writer with CourseGuru.com.au. She is a recent University graduate and enjoys writing about educational and career orientated topics.