When we’re no longer happy and satisfied with our day job, we tend to look for something that will give us that satisfaction or fulfillment. At some point in your life, the thought of changing careers is something that will come across your mind. Although there might be a desire to do it, some people don’t have enough courage to leave their job and find another one. Many of us decide to stay in our comfort zone because we thought that it’s the safest thing to do. But what we didn’t realize is that it tends to weaken our future career steps.
If you feel like you’re stuck in a dead-end job, you have to do something to move forward. Break the fear barrier and the habit of staying in your comfort zone, embrace change and look for career growth. Before you embark on the idea of shifting careers, make sure to have a definite plan. What are the things you need to consider before shifting to another career field? Here’s some advice for career shifters.
1. Assess yourself
Are you happy with your day job? What motivates you to stay in your workplace? Take some time and reflect on yourself. Do you feel productive in your work? When was the last time you challenged yourself in your job? If you feel unchallenged with your duties and you don’t feel valued anymore in your work, perhaps thinking of leaving your job is the best thing that you can do. You don’t always want to stay at a company you don’t feel like working for. Be fair, if you can’t give them your best work then you should quit working for them.
2. Identify your transferable skills
For career changers, transferable skills are important for finding suitable jobs. If you have acquired skills, knowledge, and work experiences in your former jobs, you can use them to your future career endeavor. Figure out which company you want to work for and evaluate your transferable skills. Determine what skills you can contribute to the company so you can choose a career that utilizes your abilities and talents.
3. Know your job prospects
There are plenty of jobs you can choose from and, unfortunately, you cannot take all of them. You only need to pick one that best utilizes your abilities and fits your interests. Avoid applying for too many positions. It is better to focus only on jobs that qualifies you. Before sending your CV’s to some prospect companies do not forget to do your homework – do research. Spend a bit of your time to do research about the company you want to apply for. This step will give you an advantage to easily get hired.
4. Determine your professional goals
Do you have an ultimate career goal? What is it? Most employers want to know the long-term goals of their applicants. The better goals you have, the greater chance you will get hired. If you’re still unsure of your goals, you better make up your mind ASAP!
5. Find a stable day-job that provides decent compensation and benefits
As you transfer from a company to another, forget not the benefits that you deserve to receive. Don’t settle for less. Know your worth and prioritize your personal needs. If you already have work experiences, many companies will surely offer you great benefits and high salary. Do not easily get attracted to such. Although they may have interesting benefits for you, make sure you are capable of the job and that you can deliver well.
6. Develop realistic expectations
Become realistic in setting your job expectations. Think of the future of your chosen profession. Do you see yourself working in this field for a long time? Are you happy working in this kind of job? If not, considering other career options might help you mine the right path for you. Set a specific time frame or date you expect to reach your career goals. You will become highly motivated to do your job if you push yourself achieving your realistic career objectives.
Once you’re certain that you want to change careers, then you should start acting on it. There are risks in shifting careers, but if you really want to pursue your professional desire and find that sense of fulfillment in your job, then go for it. The decision is all yours.
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