Do you want to change career and do something completely different and exciting – these tips are here to help you do so.
1) Assessing your natural skillset
Are you good when it comes to numbers?
Then you should consider a career like accounting where you can use your love on numbers daily. If you are scared of heights, don’t expect to be a mountaineer. When changing your career, you should look at the natural skills you have, and take full advantage of them.
If you find a given skill comes naturally to you, then why not make some money from it, especially when you can make a living from it. This is going to make things easy when changing your career because it increases your chances of landing a job in the field.
2) Is the money good, or it doesn’t matter to you?
Money is one of the biggest factors people will consider when it comes to choosing or changing a career. Some are looking to make more money by changing their careers. This is not common when you change career.
When you switch to a new career, you can expect to start from the bottom, and this can mean having to get way lower than what you were getting before. The good thing is this can be temporary, and after some time, you will be able to earn more money compared to what you were earning before switching careers.
If money is not an issue for you, maybe you don’t have any mortgage that needs to be paid, or you want to try out something new without having to worry about bills on your mind.
3) How is the change going to affect your work/life balance?
Balancing work and life is one of those things people are usually concerned about.
Picture over 100 years ago when people were working for 10 hours in a factory before going home for den, then going to work in a pub to make ends meet. This was common. Today, many countries have made it easier to balance both life and work, favoring the ‘life’ more.
In Sweden, it is common to find people working for six hours a day, and it is common across the country. This means employees have the chance of doing what they love, and the results from doing this have been improved productivity in the work done when people are in the office.
Many jobs today are somehow related to technology, and this has enabled many people to work from the comfort of their homes. You should consider this when looking at changing your career.
4) Getting the right qualifications
There are some careers that you can start without the need for formal qualifications, but most of them will be in the form of internships or volunteering. The best thing to do is to get the right qualification that will help you stand out or meet the requirements needed. A professional resume must contain achievements.
If you are interested in a career in something like Cyber Security, you will notice that there are some type of certification needed even if it is an entry-level role. This shows it is important to have fundamental knowledge.
5) Talking to people close to you
If you bottle your passion and do nothing about it will leave you with feelings of despair, and having to regret because you keep thinking “what if?”
When you talk to people, whether it is your friends, or immediate family, or even people you are currently working with (make sure you remind them to keep it for themselves and not let the management know), it will go a long way in helping you.
Maybe there is that person you know who managed to change their careers and can give you some tips and advise you. Maybe they know someone who is in the industry you are interested in and can connect you to them. When you open to people around you, it can lead to great results, they are hoping you will find something that makes you happy.
6) Connecting with people in the industry you are interested in
There are tools like LinkedIn that can go a long way in boosting your chances to succeed in a given career.
It is a good idea to grow your network both offline and online with people who are in the industry you are interested in because it can connect to someone who can end offering you a job or giving you a contract for a project.
Another thing you can benefit from through networking is advice from people in the industry – they can advise on the best course to take, and great employers you can work for. Start networking and you will start to see great results.