How To Pursue A Change Of Career
You know the saying, ‘If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life?’. Despite the cliche, it’s undeniably true. We spend so much of our daily lives at work, that we should be able to gain some enjoyment from it aside from the monthly paycheck. While this doesn’t mean you have to love every single minute of it – as no career is without its challenges – you shouldn’t have to dread getting up in the morning.
In fact, too many people are happy to treat the above statement as a fantasy as opposed to an actionable reality. However, it’s up to you take the necessary steps to achieve this goal – which could mean that you need to prepare yourself for a change in your career. Here’s how you can get started.
Figure out exactly what you want.
Take a step back and figure out why you are unhappy in your current position. Are you overworked? Undervalued? Are you looking for more of a challenge? Or do the changes run slightly deeper. For example, many people enter into a career in their youth that no longer suits them as they grow into adulthood. Sometimes, your priorities and perspectives change – meaning that your professional aspirations will change too.
Once you’ve figured out the root of your unhappiness, its time to start searching for potential careers that match your desires. Write down a list of everything you’d like from a job, and begin to find careers that tick all (or at least most) of the boxes.
Try to learn something new.
Unfortunately, you may not be able to walk into the drop of your dreams – especially if you are lacking industry experience compared to other candidates. If this is the case, you may need to take some time out to study and retrain. For example, if you are passionate about helping others and want to work within the healthcare industry, you could study towards an advanced occupational therapy degree. While studying can be time-consuming and expensive, it is a worthwhile investment into your future career and can open many doors on your behalf.
If you aren’t able to fund studying full time, consider studying for a part-time degree – meaning that you can spend the rest of your time working and earning money.
Manage your expectations.
When undergoing a career change, it’s important that you don’t set your hopes too high. Though you may be transitioning from a managerial role, you might have to work your way up in your new company until you reach a similar position. As a result, you may have to expect a dip in your earnings – but be aware that this can be raised over time as you grow and develop.
Likewise, you should not be prepared to sell yourself short. Do not take on a position just for the sake of it – take the time to find something you truly love. If finding the perfect job is proving to be impossible, why not start your own business?