Changing Careers - Ultimate Tips For Success
By: Heather Eagar
Are you thinking about changing your career? Are you worried about how difficult the
transition is going to be? Then you are not alone. Many people go through similar anticipation when thinking about attempting a career change. Your career is among the most important things in your life, and changing it is one of the most stressful decisions you will ever make.Why am I exploring this career?
Will I need additional training or education?
What are the opportunities and risks in pursuing this career?
The reason why you would even consider a career change in the first place is probably because you feel passionate about something and want to pursue it. There is no sense in making a change
if you are not going to be any happier than you already are. You may be earning a five-figure
salary, but if it is not making you happy and if you are not content with what you are doing, then
it might be a good time to switch. Changing careers should be about passion and personal fulfillment.
Do Your Research
Make sure that before you make the final decision you conduct a thorough research on available
opportunities. You need to analyze what skills you have and what skills you may need to acquire
for your new job. You should be confident about salary prospects and other relevant information.
You may have lots of expectations about the career you want, but conducting the necessary
research will help you look beyond this rosy picture. Work with a mentor, such as a career
coach, before you make the final decision.
Changing your career can be overwhelming. Explore your options before you decide to make a
commitment. Start by categorizing the careers you are interested in. This helps in narrowing down
your options. Then pick only those that interest you the most, putting the others aside. Ask yourself questions such as:
These questions will help give you some very important and necessary answers. You can't
really begin on the path to career change until you know why you want to change and how you will
go about it. The fact is that changing careers can be very time consuming and expensive, and you
don't want to start the process flying blind.
Once you have all the information you need, you can focus on one career option and work toward
achieving it. Listen to your heart and head and then make a balanced decision. Whatever you do,
remember you need to be flexible and devote a lot of time and energy to jump start your efforts.
©2007 Heather Eagar. All rights reserved.
About the Author:
Recognized as a leading expert in the employment
search industry, Heather Eagar is passionate
about providing working professionals with
up-to-date, reliable and effective job search
tools and a free job board. Heather has succeeded
in creating the Ultimate Job Search Experience
for job seekers at http://www.JobsCareersEtc.com