Does your current career and job feel unfulfilling and boring? Do you feel like it’s time you did something about it and switched to something that you are passionate about and is your true calling? Well, then it’s time to take a bold step because ‘nothing changes if you change nothing.’ But it cannot be an impulsive decision. Before you decide to switch it up, you need to make sure you’re doing everything you are for the right reasons and not just out of sheer impulse. So here are a few things to consider before switching careers.
It is very important to take an unbiased stock of the situation. What is it about your current job/career that does not appeal to you anymore? Why are you keen on making this switch? Answering these questions honestly will go a long way in helping you decide what it is that you’d like to do and how you can go about accomplishing it.
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Another question that needs to be answered before anything else is that where do you want to be. What is your ideal career and how do you plan to get there? Once the distance between where you are and where you want to be is mapped, you can start working on covering it.
Every person is a unique combination of different skills and talents and you need to identify your strengths and areas of expertise. What is it that you have to offer that your competition might not have?
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Let’s take an example for this. Let’s assume you’ve been working for a corporate but now want to shift to event management. So have you organised any events at your past job that you can show in your resume? Are your organizational skills better than the average person? Are you good under stress? You need to pull out all your talents so as to make a compelling case for yourself.
Usually, when you switch careers, you have to start at the bottom (or close to it!). You need to be emotionally and mentally prepared for the same. If you’re lucky, the move will be lateral otherwise it will be a step down from your current position. You need to take the same in your stride instead of letting it affect you.
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The change might come with financially as well. Are you ready to live with the drop in pay? If you have too many responsibilities or people dependent on you, a sudden switch might not be for the best unless you’ve covered your bases well. So start preparing in advance for the same instead of suddenly walking out of your job one day.
Like I said above, take note of the skills that will help you in your new career. Once you have them, you can also list down the skills you need to hone. Continuing the above example, if you know your negotiating skills might not be the best, work on getting better at it.
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Every person has a vision of where they want their career and life to head. Does your new career seem like a natural fit for the vision or are you forcing it to fit? Also, it is important to know if your new career aligns well with your core values and aspirations.
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