Posted by Neha Kale on 23 October 2013
If you’re trapped in a career that doesn’t inspire you, it can often feel like there’s no way out. However, wasting years on a path you’re not engaged with can stop you achieving your professional dreams. Seeking a new career be challenging at times, but it’s a process that’s sure to reap meaningful rewards. These four steps will help you chase away your workday despair and pave the way towards a new career that will see you soar.
1. Market demand
It’s no use aspiring towards becoming a rocket engineer or heading up a global investment bank if your ideal career role simply doesn’t exist. That’s why it’s critical to spend time researching the marketplace before you let your career blues persist. It’s important to scour industry journals as well as job listings to make sure there’s enough demand for the job of your dreams. Swapping careers calls for a combination of ambition and practicality – if you clarify your expectations you’re more likely to succeed.
2. Do your credentials stack up?
Even if you have big aspirations, it’s critical that your personality, skills and talents are the right fit. Making an effort to thoroughly assess your capabilities can save you a potential mismatch down the track. Assessment tests such as the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator and the Campbell Interest and Skills Survey can offer powerful insights into the type of job in which you’re bound to excel. It’s also worth surveying your friends, colleagues and family about your strengths and weaknesses – collating these observations can help you tailor a powerful vocational road map.
3. The passion factor
Your excitement levels about your future career prospects can serve as an important gauge. Often, swapping careers calls for a great deal of sacrifice, expense and labour – if you’re passionate about your potential career, this won’t feel like a struggle. If you’re genuinely enthusiastic about forging a new path, you’re also more likely to put the hours in. This also serves as vital currency when it comes to impressing prospective employers – they’re likelier to perceive you as genuine.
4. Bridge the gap
If your career change is dramatic, it’s important to understand how to close the divide between your existing skills and those you’re sure to need. This means creating an actionable plan aimed at acquiring the expertise that will help you succeed. Whether it means enrolling in evening classes or attending a weekly internship, taking small actions towards your career goals can pay serious dividends. It also pays to approach those whose career trajectory you admire and ask them for input about how to get closer to your goals.
Although changing careers may be exciting, it’s important to address potential obstacles before you decide to take the plunge. Covering your bases while changing professional gears is the first step in building career success that lasts.
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