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

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

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

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In our last post, we talked a little about making career changes.

As we mentioned, making a career change is no easy feat. Most people usually intend on getting into one career and sticking with it. However, some people end up disliking their current career, for one reason or another.

Fortunately, there are ways of getting around this kind of situation, which is exactly what we are here to show you.

On Tuesday, we gave you a few tips on how to know when it is time to consider a career change. Today, we are going to give a few tips on what you need to consider before you go ahead and commit yourself to the change. Take a look below:

  • What are you willing to sacrifice? Finally, consider how a career change can affect everything else throughout your life. Big changes can definitely make an impact—whether financially, emotionally, or in regards to your lifestyle. So before you go ahead and make those changes, think about what you’ll have to give up and what you are willing to give up. If it isn’t worth it, then perhaps you need to go back and try to make things work in your current career.

That wraps up our posts for this week. Check back next Tuesday when we give you some more insight on successfully making a career change. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter!


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

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Career changes can be pretty daunting. More often than not we’d like to think that once we’ve found that perfect career, especially after spending so much time looking for it, we’d be able to settle in and work our way up to the top.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In spite of our hardest efforts, sometimes we end up feeling at odds with the career we’ve chosen for various reasons.

That’s why over the next few posts we are going to concentrate the various aspects of what it takes to make a career change–one that will get you in the right direction, and hopefully onto bigger and better things.

For today, we will discuss when it is time to consider a career change. Take a look below:

When you plateau: Perhaps one of the first signs that a career change is imminent is when you begin to feel like you’ve plateaued at your job. There are plenty of times that we might feel like we don’t want to be at our job, but it is when we begin to get bored, in regards to the core values and objectives of our career, and start looking to other things to get us excited that we might want to start thinking about whether or not our current career is the right one for us.

When you are stuck in a rut: Falling into a rut will most likely start after you begin to plateau. You’ll probably find yourself feeling aimless while on the job, second-guessing your worth to the company, or just generally feeling negative about where you are in your career. In turn, this can really affect your work ethic, productivity, and overall, make you look bad amongst your peers and higher-ups–which will only make the situation worse.

But one thing we’d like to point out—everyone has the potential to fall in a rut. As such, we suggest waiting it out and thinking about things before you go ahead and quit your job. The last thing you want to do is anything you will later regret.

When it starts affecting life outside of your career: Finally, take a look and see if all the above begins to affect life outside of your career. We spend a good amount of time investing ourselves in our careers, so when your career begins to have a negative impact on everything else and the benefits of the job begin losing their appeal, then that is a telltale sign that it is probably time for you to move on.

Check back on Thursday for a few tips on what you need to consider when making 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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