People get busy with the routine of their jobs and sometimes wake up some years later and wonder what happened to the time, realizing they’ve been going through the motions without enjoying what they’ve been doing. Other times, people stick with a profession they are not passionate about because it is just the path of least resistance. It’s hard to choose change, and it’s even harder to bring about change. Sometimes the right opportunity can be within your current employer, so don’t be afraid to explore your options.
Whether looking to change career paths within or outside of a company, here are five tips to keep in mind as you prepare to make your move;
- Know yourself. Take the time to step back and really understand your strengths, weaknesses and interests. Consider taking an assessment to help give you insights into what makes you tick. An honest assessment of yourself is the right place to start.
- Research suitable career change options until you find ones that line up with your interests and drives. Get an informational interview or two with people who are in those careers. You’ll be surprised how much people are willing to share both good and bad about their jobs.
- Understand what skills you are yet to explore, and work to develop them. This can take time, and sometimes it may require formal training. Note that it may take a while for you to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to make the transition.
- Get plugged into relevant associations, professional networking groups, or even nonprofits that align with your desired career. Start getting to know people so that they can help when you’re ready to change career.
Know your career goals, focus on your core strengths and interests that will land you your dream job. Make sure your personal branding matches your goals and your skills, and present yourself with confidence to employers ready to interview you.