Are you tired of your job and wishing you were working on something else instead? The days of a single career for all your life are over, and more and more people are changing their job field to pursue a new dream every day. However, change is not easy and you may find out that a radical career change affects your finances and makes you feel like a beginner again. Use the following career change check-list to ensure a smooth transition.
Question Your Motives
Before just leaving your comfortable banking job to start a little shop selling jewelry for cash in a tropical paradise think hard about why are you doing it. Some people take the wrong decisions when they are starting their professional lives, and end up stuck with a career that doesn't fill them just because of intertia. If you are in that situation, it's time to consider chasing your dreams and looking for a job that actually fulfills you. But make sure you aren't blaming your career choice for other frustrations on your life and just want a way to escape. If your job isn't at fault, you won't find happiness by starting anew doing something else.
Visualize Your Objectives
Your career is an important subject that requires your full attention, so take an hour free from noise and distractions and write down exactly what you'd like to be doing if you weren't working at your current job. Be specific and realistic, but don't let lack of formal training stop you from deciding that you actually always wanted to work at something else. It is possible to learn new skills and retrain yourself, it will just take longer. If you want to become an entrepreneur make sure you are ready to start your own business and create a business plan to confirm your ideas and plans.
Plan For The Worst
If nothing but change will satisfy you, write down all the potential downfalls of your new career and how are you going to manage them. Being prepared is key to success, so make sure to consider how you'll deal with starting again. Think about ideas to make money to cover your expenses during long training and certification periods, how to deal with being back at the bottom of the ladder or how will this change affect your personal life. Being prepared for the worst will make everything easier, including thinking about what to do if your new career isn't all you thought it would be.
Identify Transferable Skills
Transferable skills are those which you can use on a different career choice. Soft skills such as customer care or sales are often applicable to many other career choices. They don't even need to come only from your chosen career, you may gather transferable skills through volunteer work, hobbies, life experiences or even sports. For example, if you have been making jewelry for friends and family for years, selling jewelry for cash is not such a big jump even if you don't know so much about the details of managing a small shop. Transferable skills help you polish your CV so when you are looking for jobs on your new niche your previous experience is an asset, even if it was acquired on a different area of expertise.
Make A Plan
Burning your ships is not often the best option, so plan your next career move carefully to increase your chances of success. It may be that you can talk with your manager to get new job duties and potentially move towards a career area that you enjoy more, gradually. For example, you may be working as a project manager, but your dream has always been to become a marketing creative: you could ask to be given gradually more responsibilities on the creative department, and slowly move towards your new career goal without heavy disruption. If you are moving into a totally different professional niche consider getting training while staying at your old job or starting your new business part time so you have something to pay the bills. Having a schedule will also help you feel better about your current job situation, because you'll know what steps are you taking to change it and when will change happen.