Changing a career at any point in your life is never easy; it a risky endeavor that if you don’t do it right could leave you up a creek without a paddle, unable to take charge of the direction you are going. That is why it is important to understand the various steps every person should take when changing a career and to help do that below are the 4 steps you need to take to successfully change a career the right way.
Step 1: Figure Out What You Hobbies/Interests You Would Like to Pursue Professionally
It is a fact that people who enjoy what they do professionally prosper my in their career and in life because of it. So, when you are considering what new career to pursue, take this into account and what better way is there to do that than to adapt your hobbies and interests into a professional career. If you like writing in your off-time why not considering becoming a professional writer or if you’ve always had an interest in woodworking, why not consider training to become a carpenter? Choosing a career that interests you gives you a far better chance of making it work long-term than choosing something that basically was chosen for you.
Step 2: Gaining Training, Education and Mentorship
Once you’ve decided on a career to pursue you’ll want to ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to successfully change from your old career to the new one. Research what training and experience you will need to make the career a go and make it happen. If you need to attend a trade school or return to college, make sure that choosing a long-term educational program for the career is what you want to pursue. Whether you are attending a school or not it is always best to find a mentorship for a new career even if the person just gives you a simple understanding of what the career will be like. Mentorships can be anything from a casual relationship to a fully fledged agreement with a company or individual to mentor you in every aspect of the career they can.
Step 3: Acquiring Experience in the Chosen Career Field
If the career you have chosen is going to take you a little while to train and transfer into, you might want to consider gaining a little experience in that career field before you actually attempt to go looking for an employment position. This will allow you to be able to put experience on your resume that specifically relates to the new career and gives you a better understanding of what the career entails. Think about finding a part-time job or volunteer position in the career field where you can see the career firsthand and help you solidify your choice in careers.
Step 4: Finding an Employment Position
Once you’ve gone through assessing your options, training for the career and gaining a little firsthand experience, it is time to actually pursue a position in your new career field. You’ll want to tailor you resume and cover letter to reflect your new career goals; pay close attention to reworking your previous employment positions so that they can be seen as transferable skills as much as possible. Be diligent about your search and try to use networking skills to find connections to help land you a job.