The ‘How, What, When, Where, Why’ on Making a Career Change (Part III)


In our last two posts, we talked about when it is time to start thinking about a career change and what you need to consider before you go ahead and commit yourself to that change.

For many, making a career change is a big deal, one that has many steps and considerations to it, which is why we’ve split up our post into a four-part mini series.

Now that we’ve given you some of the preliminary steps and considerations to making a career change, we are going to give you some concrete advice. Take a look below for pointers on how to successfully make a career change:

Utilize your current network: There is no doubt that within the amount of time you’ve spent in your current career, you’ve built yourself up a pretty good network. Don’t feel afraid to take advantage of the current network you have. Sure, you may be “turning a new leaf” but that doesn’t mean you should abandon the great network you’ve worked so hard to develop. All of those great contacts shouldn’t go to waste, especially the ones you are really close to—chances are they will probably know how to help you out the most.

Have a plan or two: When it comes to making a career change, one of the biggest mistakes you could make is going into it without a plan. Sure, it is perfectly okay to feel a little uncertain about how things are going to turn out –we think that should be expected –but the last thing you want to do is to take a shot in the dark, especially if you have a lot riding on this change (financial obligations, family obligations, etc). So, what we suggest is that you try your best to at least articulate what it is that you want out of your next career and then figure out a few different ways you can approach making that happen. Otherwise, you run the risk of falling back into a career you don’t really want, or failing at even making a change.

Check back on Thursday when we give you some more tips on how you successfully make a career change. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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