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


Over the past two weeks, we’ve given you the skinny on making a career change—outlining when it is time to start thinking about a career change, what you need to consider before doing so, and how to make that change successfully.

As we mentioned, making a career change can be a long and sometimes difficult process, especially considering that most people try to have one career and stick with it. Fortunately, with a few key considerations and some careful planning, you can try to make your career change as stress free as possible.

So today we wrap up our series with just a few more tips. Take a look below:

Don’t rush things:  Success doesn’t usually happen overnight, so don’t kick yourself just because things aren’t happening as quickly as you’d like. One tip we mentioned in our last post is that you need to make sure you have a plan when making a career change, and part of that planning is setting up different levels of goals for yourself. This will help position you towards making a more successful career change because it will give you a better timeline of when your goals should be completed.

Accept the curve balls:  Another thing we’d like to point out is the inevitability of curve balls as you try to make your career change. But just like you shouldn’t worry that things aren’t happening as fast as they should, try to accept that things don’t always go as planned. Make the most out of these hiccups by accepting them as simply another challenge to changing your career. If you really want to make the change, then it will be worth it in the end.

Be realistic:  Although we already mentioned this in our post on things to consider before making a career change, it bears mentioning again: it is very important that you are realistic throughout the entire process. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t push your boundaries and try to go above and beyond. Just make sure that you are always keeping in mind the consequences of your actions, and how far you are willing to go to do what you want. If it seems way over your head, then we suggest giving it some more thought before you go ahead and execute it.

Have you made a career change in your life? What tips do you have to add to our list? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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