Wednesday, May 11, 2022

7 Tips For Changing Careers

 If you are at a point in your life that you are ready to choose a new career, you are going to be stunned to learn that you have far more options than you could ever imagine. These days, very few people stay in the same job throughout their entire career. A lot of the older generations think that the younger generations are flighty, that they have no stamina to stick with something. The truth is that millennials and the generations beyond us realize that there’s nothing okay with staying in an industry or a job that makes you feel less than you should. The problem is that you might not always know what you want for your career. This means that you have some decisions to make and some thinking to do. What if you wanted to be a pilot but didn't have the stomach for flying? Well, they need aviation human factors for safety monitoring. What if you wanted to be a beach patrol person but you couldn't swim? Well, they have jobs that involve cleaning up the beaches. There is a lot you can do related to your chosen field you just have to see what’s out there!

The good news is that you don’t have to make this decision by yourself. Employers will put you through the mill to be able to give you a job, which can be frustrating. The processes for hiring are so convoluted these days, and employers will have you doing several interviews and tests before making an offer. It can be confusing. Why do you need three interviews packed with the same questions? What does the Strong Interest Inventory® measure? Why does a barista need a drug test? There are a lot of considerations to make when you are getting a new job, and to help  you along the way, we’ve got some tips to help you out.

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  1. What are your interests? If you want to change careers, you have to explore what your interests are. For example, if you’re currently working in IT but you’re getting bored with programming, you could maybe transfer your skills and segue into design instead. Think about your interests and how they can be monetized and you might be able to turn that into a career.

  2. Does your new career idea have good prospects? One of the best tips that you could ever have about changing your career, is to visualize the end goal. If you know where you’d like to be in 5 or 10 years, you need to have a career that will line up with those goals. There is no use in coming out of a secure and stable job only to find the new career path you take to be as unstable as it could be. Consider your prospects first and then make the decision.

  3. Consider your actual skills. There are so many skills that you can transfer from one career to the other, but you have to consider your current aptitude for various careers. You might love the idea of going to nursing but know that night shifts are going to kill you. You might love the idea of working from home, but be a very sociable person. These are things that matter when you choose a career.

  4. Do you need a better job or a change of industry? This is an important question to ask yourself before you start hunting for a new career. If you’re bored with your current job but you love your industry, you should have a look for jobs that work with your current industry and skill set and go for those. If you need a drastic change, you might shock yourself and find that there are some other things out there that really interest you.

  5. Research the required training. The chances are you can’t just stop what you’re doing and pick up a whole new career and get it right the first time. Other industries require different skill sets and training and qualifications. Going for a different career may mean that you have to go to school first. Do the research and figure out if that’s going to need to be done.

  6. Where is the demand? There is no use going back to uni and starting again to become an art historian if there is no demand for it. Look at the sectors with the highest amount and the greatest jobs ability and see whether you’re interested in any of those.

  7. Will you be fulfilled? The very last consideration is whether or not the career change that you’re looking for is really going to be a good thing. Changing careers may sound great on paper, but there’s every chance that you might not find a new job as fulfilling as you do right now. Choosing a new career can be daunting, but there’s nothing wrong with a major change.

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