Have you been working at the same organization or with the same office for a long time? Have you come to a point where you feel there is nothing more your current workplace can offer? Are you looking for a career change? If so, we’ve got some tips and pointers you’ll find quite useful.
You may seek a career change for a number of reasons. According to an article published by Forbes, these include burnout, workplace incompatibility and the simple urge to do something else. In any case, if it is a career change you’re considering, keep the points below in mind.
When shifting careers, the first thing to remember is that slow and steady wins the race. Don’t be hasty. Don’t rush into the first potential job you find with your eyes closed. If you’re working at a job that provides stability, stay a bit.
Take your time, figure out your game plan, look up potential alternatives and then proceed to make your career change or move.
Sometimes, we work in one place so long that the only thing we’re clear about is that we want to leave. Though this is understandable, it’s not the wisest way to start on a career change. Look beyond your dissatisfaction toward practical ambition. What exactly do you want to do if not your current job?
Do you want to join another company offering similar products or services? Do you want to switch your field altogether? Maybe you want to try your hand at starting your own business. Be clear on what the next step is, not just on the fact that you need a change.
If you’re starting your own business, there is a lot that goes into it. You need to know what kind of finances or starting capital you require. You also need to be clear on particulars like how you will fund your business, what kind of time commitment it will mean and, of course, how long it will take before you start seeing a return on your investment.
If you’re looking to get another job, think of a few other things, too. Where will you work next? Is the pay they’re offering enough for you to make do? Is the company you’re shifting to really worthwhile, or would it be wiser to wait for better prospects?
Looking into feasibility will help ensure that you’re not broke, jobless and on the streets three months after leaving your original job!
Some people tend to leave old workplaces in a less than ideal manner. They may be rude, not provide adequate notice or leave on a sour note. Such behavior shows a lack of maturity and consideration, particularly in the professional world.
Furthermore, you may need the expertise of one of your old colleagues at some point in the future. You might even need to work with your ex-supervisor or manager again. In either case, severing ties will just make your life harder later on.
Leave in good graces and be humble. You never know whom you might cross paths with again and in what capacity.
A career change can be the best thing if you’re smart about how you navigate it. Feel free to check out what Hall of Fame motivational keynote speaker Steve Gilliland has to say. Apart from being one of the best motivational speakers in North America, Steve built his multimillion-dollar speaking business from the ground up.
Hearing what he has to say, being mindful of the points raised and using other resources available to you should help you make a career change that is nothing short of beneficial.