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Four tips for making a career change

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Deciding you will be making a career change and pursuing your passion can be liberating. That is, for at least five minutes before panic sets in and you realise that you have no idea how to go about it.

Transitioning to a new career usually doesn’t happen overnight, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you don’t have everything figured out. So, to help you get on the right track of pursuing your dream job, we’ve compiled four tips to point you in the right direction.

Consider your satisfaction in your current job

One of the most common reasons why people change careers is because they are unhappy and bored of their current one. To determine whether or not you’re satisfied with your current job, keep a journal of any recurring reactions and situations. What aspects do you like and dislike about your job? Are any of your annoyances related to the culture of the company? Is it the content of your work? Or perhaps it’s the people you’re working with.

As you compile information as to why you don’t like your job anymore, take the time to learn some things you can do in order to help you move on when the time for change comes knocking.

Think about your skills, interests and values

Explore your past successes, projects, jobs and volunteer work you’ve done in order to recognise your skills and preferred hobbies. It’s important that you find out if any of your skills and key values are being used in your current job. If you feel like your time and effort is being wasted, try using a free online tool that can help you research alternatives to your career. There’s no point being in a job where you can’t utilise your skills and express yourself properly.

Look up career alternatives

Instead of feeling like you’re wasting away in your current job, come up with ideas for career alternatives. Finding a new career can be a little challenging, so be sure to reach out to friends and family to see where your skills lie. Doing this will help make the search a little easier. Should you still have difficulty figuring out what to do, try consulting a careers counsellor.

Try job shadowing

Job shadowing in your field of interest is a great way to get a feel for what’s in store. Try spending at least a few hours, better yet, a few days job shadowing individuals who have jobs that tickle your fancy. For example, if you’re interested in becoming a security officer, try finding someone who works a security job in the specific industry that sparks your interest. That will give you the most accurate idea of what the job would be like. If you’re looking for an easier way to job shadow, try asking your college career office. They’ll set you up with an alumni that have people who could host you.

Making a career change can be a daunting idea. There are several things you can do to make the transition a little easier and ensure you find a job you can settle into.

Do you have any more advice for people thinking of making a career change? Let us know in the comments below.

Emma SturgisFour tips for making a career change

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