Dread the thought of another day at your current job? Envying someone else’s line of work? If you just can’t stand the thought of going back there, check out all of our steps to make sure your career change is as seamless as possible.
What do you dislike? Figure out which part of your job you can’t stand and then find out what position will never have that. If you’re working in hospitality but you’re sick of working with demands from the public, switching to another role demanding customer service skills won’t be a good transition. Consider what you need and go towards that.
Figure out if this new career has what you’re looking for. Double check on lifestyle, availability in your area, and the pay. (Lifehacker)
Consider gaining new skills
Make sure you have the right kind of transferable skills and that they are strong enough for you to bank on them.(Forbes)
Avoid Common Mistakes
Know and avoid the five biggest mistakes career changers make such as not having enough money in the bank in case your future career doesn’t take off immediately. (Payscale)
Consider Taking a Class
Do you have the right training and education for the new role? Consider taking online classes for a certification or consider taking community classes. (Udemy)
Ask a Staffing Agency
Consider working with a staffing agency since you will have little time between leaving your old career and preparing for a new one.
Network, network, network! Either online or in-person, but make sure to reach out to everyone who may be able to help you and see what you can offer them in return. (LinkedIn)
Expand Your Horizons
Consider volunteering to gain experience in your new field. Hiring managers always want to know what kind of experience you have in the field, and yes, volunteering counts. (The Balance Careers)
Call Up Old Contacts
Know anyone in that field already? Would they be willing to give you a reference? Of course, you have to know how to ask and what to expect. (Business News Daily)
Consider job shadowing at a few different place before committing. After all, you didn’t do all this work just to be unhappy a second time! (Wikipedia)