5 Tips for Making a Successful Career Change

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5 Tips for Making a Successful Career ChangeFinding a person who stuck with a single career all their life would be extremely challenging. People shift careers and change paths at least once in their lifetime because of a number of reasons. Some because of major life events that compelled them to find a better paying job. Some because they are looking for growth and opportunities to step up and some others because they’re no longer happy with their current jobs. Whatever the reason is, there’s definitely nothing wrong with wanting a change in your career life. And if you find yourself at a point where you think you’re ready to shift to a new path, here are some tips you could use for making a successful career.

Evaluate your current job and decide
Before making the final decision of leaving your current job, be sure that you’ve taken the time to assess it. Think about why you want to make a change. Is it because you want to explore a new industry? Or do you want to look for more opportunities to grow your career? Or perhaps you’re looking for a job that suits your new lifestyle? Taking this step is imperative because if you’re able to clearly establish your reasons for a career switch, creating plans for your next career path will be easier.

Assess yourself
When doing a career switch, your current job isn’t the only thing that requires evaluation. You need to do your own self-evaluation, too. This means taking time to assess your own skills, talents and capabilities. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Which areas are you good at and which ones do you need to improve on? Assessing yourself will make it easier to identify new career fields you may want to explore.

List down options to explore
Now that you have identified what you do best and the things you still want to learn and improve, you can start listing down the positions and occupations that match your skills. Then, explore each item and find out the specifics such as the qualifications and everything else that the job requires. However, if you want to explore a new career aligned with your passion but think that your skills are not adequate, that’s okay. Don’t give up on that dream just yet because there’s still something you can do about it and we will discuss it in the next item.

Work on upgrading your skills
No matter the job or the company, learning something new should always be part of the journey. This is even more important when you are considering a career change. More options and opportunities will be made available before you if you have more skills to offer. Take time to sharpen the skills you already have and learn new things.

Learn how to market yourself
Finally ready to make the shift? Learn how to make connections and build your network. Leave your current company in good terms so that all they have for you are positive words and feedback. Expand your network, leverage it and market yourself.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.