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ďI canít believe he did that! I hate this job!Ē  Sound familiar? Even if you hate your current job or career, it can be very scary to give it up what you know for what you donít know. Many people will change careers at least three times in our lives. Most of us will doubt ourselves at some point in the process. We may question rather or not the decision to change careers was a wise decision. We may even downplay how bad the current or former job / career was in times of doubt. Each change is different and difficult in its own way for each individual. If you mentally and physically write down your plan, the change wonít seem nearly as scary.

Step 1: Evaluation of Likes & Dislikes

A lot of people change careers because they dislike their job, their boss, their company. The key is spending some time rediscovering yourself and using your self-assessment to direct your new career search.

Step 2: Researching New Careers

Spend some time researching the types of careers that center around your passions.

Step 3: Transferable Skills

There are many skills (such as communications, leadership, planning, and others) that are transferable and applicable to what you want to do in your new career.

Step 4: Training & Education

You may find it necessary to update your skills and broaden your knowledge. See if your current employer would be willing to pick up the tab.

Step 5: Networking

One of the real keys to successfully changing careers will be your networking abilities.

Step 6: Gaining Experience

You are starting your career from square one. Obtaining a part-time job or volunteering in your new career field not only can solidify your decision, but give you much needed experience in your new career.

Step 7: Find a Mentor

Changing careers is a major life decision that can get overwhelming at times. Find a mentor who can help you through the rough patches.

Step 8: New Employer or New Job?

Some people change careers, but never change employers. Remember not to start asking about a job switch until you are completely ready to do so.

Step 9: Back To The Basics

Now is the time for a refresher course in Job Hunting.

Step 10: Be Flexible

You'll need to be flexible about nearly everything - from your employment status to relocation and salary.


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