Are you thinking of choosing a new career?
These days few people stay in the same job throughout their working career, and you may be feeling like a complete change of direction.
But what should you go for?
There are many factors that will guide your choice, and you’ll want to find the right type of job, especially if you’re not happy with your current career.
Here are some tips to help when you’re choosing a new career:
When thinking about choosing a new career, start by considering what you’re interested in.
Do you have any hobbies that have the potential for being turned into a career? Do you have talents that you could turn into a business?
Think about your interests and how they could be turned into a career; you may even be able to combine two things and find a new angle.
When you’ve come up with some ideas, consider what prospects they have. Could you develop a career in any of those fields? Are there opportunities for promotion and salary increase?
But if there’s lots of job satisfaction and that’s important to you, it’s still worth considering even if the financial rewards aren’t high.
It’s also worth considering which skills are in demand.
For example, if you have a practical mind, and there is huge demand for event planners in your area, that could be a good choice. Job satisfaction is very important, but so is choosing a career that you can make a living from.
Can you afford the costs of study? You may have to combine study with working full-time in your present job or fit it in around family commitments.
Think about what you find fulfilling in a job. Is it salary, perks and status, or do you like to feel that you are making a difference? Would job satisfaction be adequate compensation for a lower salary?
You spend a lot of time at work, so deriving some fulfillment from it is very important.
After you have discovered what you are seeking in a job and work setting, try to locate a few careers that meet your criteria. Also take some time to meet with professionals working in careers you are considering in order to find out what they like and dislike about their jobs.
Take time to evaluate any career meeting your criteria, so you do not rush into another unsatisfying situation.
7. Make a plan
Before you take the big more, make a plan that takes your current and future financial situation into account. It is not easy making a career change so consider all costs associated with transitioning into a new career. You may have to go back to school, move, or acquire a loan to meet your new career objectives.
Be realistic about your finances during a career transition. When considering any potential career, you’ll also want to think long and hard about what your earning potential will be.
We hope you found these tips helpful. Tell us in the comments!