How To Plan A Career Change Effectively

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So, you have decided to shift focus to a new career. Are you thinking about how to make the change smoothly? Let me tell you that changing career is an exciting as well as a daunting task. It is exciting because you will fulfil new responsibilities and will be faced with extra opportunities. On the other hand, it is daunting since you have to face a number of challenges that a career change generates. Adjusting to a new setting with new job duties does not occur swiftly at the initial stage. But you should not stick to a job you derive no satisfaction from. Instead, plan effectively for a successful career change. Following are some tips that may help you in your pursuit:

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Research

Conduct extensive research on the career you want to shift to. Find out whether you possess the necessary skills, qualifications and experience for this career change. Also, you need to seek information about the advancement opportunities the new career holds. Saying goodbye to an established career and moving to a new one that has poor job prospects is not at all a wise act.

Assess your skills

Skills acquired in one career could come handy in another as well. Some of these skills are analytical, problem-solving, team-working, leadership, management, sales and people skills. These common qualities are also called transferable skills. If you have developed these attributes in your previous career, you will be in an advantageous position in your new job.

Consider your educational qualifications

It is also important to know whether the academic qualifications you have already achieved will be adequate for your new profession. If not, you should undergo appropriate training to meet the requirements. Hands-on experience can replace academic qualifications. You may consider taking up an interim job in a relevant industry to break into the field.

Devise a plan

After you have noted down what skills, qualifications and experience you need to develop for a career change, it is time to make a plan and prioritize your actions. You can consult a career coach to develop an effective strategy and keep track of your progress.

Network

As the experts say, networking is one of the most important factors that determine your career success. Your previous contacts will probably not work in your new vocation. That is why you need to build new contacts and a strong professional network in the new sector. Be a member of professional associations and attend business seminars and other events that will give you an insight into the industry.

Hold patience

So, what if you have made up your mind for a career change, but it is not possible to get what you want as of now. Career transition is a time-consuming process and does not happen overnight. So you need to be patient and keep in mind that what you are doing now is not devoid of any value. Wait for the right time and the right opportunity.

Prepare to start from scratch

It is a fact that shifting to a new career means starting from scratch. You may have to compromise salary, position and job benefits. Ask yourself if you are willing to accept these harsh realities. If yes, you are the ideal candidate for a career transition. If the answer is negative, you might need to give your decision a second thought.

If you are determined, sincere and diligent, success will not elude you. These three qualities, along with confidence, will help you to enter a new profession and fit the role successfully. Go ahead and best of luck in your career change!

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Richard White works as an editor at Yellow Brick Path. He enjoys varying his work and researching new and different approaches to his work. He shares an interest in career counseling and recruitment. Follow him on Twitter