Have you totally lost interest in what you do or have you found something that interests and aspires you more? Has your current job become so frustrating that you are ready to try something different? Or could your company be downsizing or moving to a different state, forcing you to make a career change? These are just some of the reasons as to why people consider or make a career change.
The truth is that we don’t like changes, especially changes related to our jobs which provide us money for living. It can be really stressful to be on the lookout for a job several months and not be able to find anything that’s good enough to satisfy your needs or support you financially. The big question is how can you make a career change when you don’t know for sure what you want to do? How does the whole process work? The first step of the career change process is to determine exactly what the primary driving factor is behind your desire for a career change. Most people change careers because they either don’t like their boss, the job itself, the company they work for, the people they work with or a combination of all these factors. So for the first step, you have to identify the reason you dislike your current position, but you won’t be able to find the right job if you don’t also properly identify what you like to do. So it’s all about likes and dislikes in this first step. Think about what drives you, what’s your biggest passion in life, what you love to do.
The best job in the world is the one that you simply enjoy doing, which motivates you. You are actually doing it because it’s fun, not for the money it pays. In that way, you don’t feel as if you are actually working, but you feel like you are having a good time and getting paid for it. But exactly what’s the nature of this job depends on you, the individual. Spend some time rediscovering yourself and use this self-assessment to direct your new career search. The next step is researching new careers. Once you have (re)discovered your true passion, you should take some time to research the types of careers that are centered on your passions. Then comes the part where you have to get training and education for the new job. If you are going for a certain certificate, make sure the educational institution you attend is accredited and legitimate.
The most important advice for people considering a career change is to think about their finances prior to leaving their current position in case they don’t find a new job as quickly as they thought they would. The worst-case scenario in such situations is to quit your current job that pays all the bills and not be able to find a new one for months. This could lead to severe financial problems, so you should plan for those things in advance. Put some money aside to take care of the expenses during the adjustment period, or better yet, don’t quit your current job until you find a new one.