In life change is inevitable. It is something deeply rooted in our human DNA. We desire better days, better pay, better working environments, new challenges and such forth. In fact if we don’t change we wither and eventually die.
In Ethiopian market, there are employees and job seekers that are stuck in careers that are not fulfilling and they desire to change. To change to something more fulfilling, more challenging or with a better pay!! In this article we discuss some keys that will help you to successfully change careers. These are some proven career-change rules and guidelines that will guarantee success in your career change itself.
To start with you need a well developed plan: prepare a well-developed plan for making your career change. Don’t make a mistake of rushing into a career change before you have thought it out and developed a strategy. Remember; never make decisions when emotions are high. Be as objective as possible.
there will be moments of uncertainties and insecurity. These feelings are purely normal. Don’t worry when such feelings sets in as you are about to make a career change. You have to remain focused to your goal, in this case, career change.
Do expect to put a great deal of energy in terms of time and effort
in making the switch from one career to another. Never should you allow yourself to get discouraged at the pace of your progress. Changing careers takes time and this will call for your ultimate sacrifice and patience.
Do not rush into a new career field
because you are dissatisfied or disillusioned with your current job, boss, company, or field. These are some of the challenges you will have in your career anyway.
Do take time to evaluate and examine activities
that you like and dislike and in this case, with a little more bias on your likes. Focus on new careers that surround your likes and passions and something you would enjoy doing.
When changing careers, it is actually not a total overhaul of everything from background experience and such; you can leverage some of your current skills and experiences to your new career by taking advantage of the transferable skills.
Don’t limit yourself to similar careers or jobs
when making a career change; look for careers that take advantage of both your skills and your interests.
Do put into consideration the possibility that you will need to get additional training or education
to gain the skills you need to be competitive in your new career field; however, don’t jump headfirst into an educational program-start slowly.
Do take advantage of all your networking potentials.
This will include you using your current network of contacts, conducting informational interviews with key employers in your new career field, joining professional organizations in your new career field.
Do take advantage of the career and alumni offices
from your previous educational experiences as well as your current school in case you are going back for educational or training.
Go out of the way;
get acquainted with your new career field, while still working in your current job. Do gain experience by all means in your new career field. Volunteer or find a part-time job in your new career field, hence building experience, really important, confidence and contacts in your new field.
Do find a mentor,
don’t go it alone. Be conscious of the fact that changing career is a challenging task and you will need someone to hold your hand, motivate you, and keep you focused on your goal when those moments of discouragement knocks.
Do some brushing up of all the aspects of job hunting
especially when you haven’t had a chance to use those skills recently. Take advantage of the massive resources online and get yourself ready for the eventualities of seeking for another job on a sooner date.
Truth is, there is massive information on career change tips and such online. Do take advantage of all these to get you ready for the changes ahead.
Lastly and above all, be flexible, it is a new challenging journey when changing career. Remember you are basically starting your career anew; this means you may have to make allowances about job titles, salary, relocation in short all the facts that come with leaving the comfort zone.
“If you believe it you can get it”