Planning Your Career Shift

For some people it happens because they simply lose the fire in them. They most likely lose interest and they never recover from it. You might even find something else to be more interesting than what you are currently doing. For others, it may simply because the company is downsizing and has decided to lay you off.

Whatever reason you are faced with, the bottom line is: career changes happens. Whether it’s because of good reasons or otherwise, people go through this difficult and challenging time because of personal reasons and maybe even because they don’t have any choice. So are you in that stage of your professional life?

Before you think about moving on with your decision to switch careers, try to take a deep breath and assess everything first. Try to do these steps first before you decide on a life-changing move.

Investigate your likes and dislikes

You should be fully conscious of what you are really after. In this step, identifying the dislikes would be much better since these are the much easier things to pronounce when you’re deciding about a career. If there is something that you don’t like at your current job right now, then that qualifies as a dislike. If you hate that you have a cranky boss, then that will fit in the picture. If you also dislike working overtime regularly, then by all means, include it. The important thing is that you know what you want and what you don’t want. Whenever you have a good idea on what it is that you want to happen, you won’t have any problems with your choices. So this step does a good thing in narrowing your choice of career.

Scout the market

If you’ve discovered, or in some cases, "rediscovered", your passions, then by all means try to list down what careers might be able to feed that passion. Are you into the arts? Then maybe painting or photography could be a way of life for you. The important thing is you are able to research the types of careers that you could possibly get into. You might want to think about researching the salary range that these professions have as well as the different skills that you need when switching to a particular career.

Transferable skills

Always think about the skills that you may be able to transfer to your prospective career. You might be able to transfer your supervisory skills and simply translate them to your career since most professions right now need that type of managerial skill. It’s important that you assess your current skill set and see if it will be a good move for you to shift careers while still being able to retain and use the skills that you have today. It’s important that you always think about what you can bring to the prospective career you want to shift to.


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