How Can I Change Careers
When considering a career change take time to examine your life situation, determine your motivation for a career change, and decide how you would prefer your life to be if things were different. Resist the temptation to just focus on getting away from your present position. Think through what you really want from your career and how you want your career to fit into your life. There may be many reasons why you are currently dissatisfied with your life or career situation and a career change may or may not be the right solution.
For example, perhaps you are seeking a career change because you are not being compensated enough to live the lifestyle you’d like to live. It’s possible that you could stay in the same career field and obtain a salary increase by changing industries, type of employer, type of position, or if you are self-employed, by adding to your product or service offerings. Some people may find a promotion is possible with the addition of a new certification or taking on a new project or responsibility that benefits your employer.
Perhaps you are feeling bored and unfulfilled intellectually in your present career. Adding a new hobby that captures your true passions or establishing meaningful personal relationships while retooling your work role may provide enough fulfillment to motivate you in your present job.
Working with a difficult boss? Depending on your situation, you may have more in your control than you realize. Whether it be changing your attitude, distancing yourself from emotional reactions, asking for support or clear communication, there might be ways to make the best out of your situation.
Evaluate Your Career Change Objectives
So, what exactly do you WANT and what exactly are you unhappy with? What do you expect to gain from a career change? What things do you expect to be different from your present career and life situation? When assessing your career change objectives, it is important to consider what you would like different in BOTH your career and personal life. Perhaps the travel demands in your current job do not align with your desire to spend time with your family. Less travel AND more time with family would be important to include on your list. Making a career change for life balance means spending less time on things you don’t enjoy, making more time for connection with others, and having more energy for different roles in your life.What are your values? What needs to be in place in your career to support those values? What gets in the way?
Making a career change in midlife may pose even greater risks due to personal and financial obligations, but don’t let these risks hold you back! We want to help you increase your income as part of your career change plan and will work with you to find ways to do what comes naturally to you AND get paid for it.
Job Loss & Career Change
After a job loss, it is not unusual to feel disillusioned or disappointed with the career path you have chosen. Job-loss also damages self-esteem and confidence. It is important to note that experiencing a job loss often brings about emotional feelings associated with the loss. When unresolved, this can create anxiety and impact your career search process. Our career counselors can help you work through these emotions in conjunction with your career change. A job loss may prove to be an ideal time to reevaluate your life’s purpose and make a much desired career change.
If you’ve determined that a change in career is definitely worth exploring, your next task is to evaluate which of your strengths and interests you’d like to use and create your ideal career wish list. If you’re unsure of your strengths and interests, a career counselor can guide you through the self-assessment process. You may have several different interests, but they may not necessarily fit into a meaningful career. Instead, they may be your hobbies.
Pay attention to clues that have shown up throughout your career. What do you find yourself researching online when you’re bored? Which blogs do you follow? How do you prefer to spend your time? Looking back on each day during the week, how do you actually spend your time? Which projects, tasks, people, or activities leave you feeling energized and which ones leave you feeling drained? What do other people appreciate about you? Take time to really explore your strengths, interests, values, and motivators.
Feel as if you can’t bear another day of your stressful job or feeling lost after a transition? Take a step back and evaluate what isn’t working for you. On a sheet of paper make 2 columns. In the first column, write down the things that are causing you stress in your current job or that you did not like in your previous positions. Get as specific as possible. For example, if you write, “too much pressure.” Be more specific. What is causing you this pressure? Who is instigating the pressure? Now you might have, “pressure to meet constant deadlines without enough time to complete them.”
In the second column address each item from the first column with, “what would I prefer instead?” Using the example above, you might state, “work at my own pace to complete projects.”
Be as thorough as possible. When you’ve finished your list, your right-hand column will provide you a good starting point towards what you are really looking for in your career. Your next step might be to talk with people and find out how you might incorporate your preferences in your career.
Tips For Making a Career Change:
- Assess yourself and identify your unique strengths and skills.
- Be able to articulate your unique strengths to others.
- Identify areas that could utilize your strengths whether within industries, roles or services.
- Prepare yourself financially for making a change. Establish and stick to a budget.
- Determine your motivation for career change. You’ll need to identify something that reflects your personal values.
- Identify obstacles and identify a plan to overcome them.
- Gather support from friends, family, professional contacts/association, or a career coach.
Want more help with your career?
Take a career assessment test online and get your results immediately. Book an appointment with a career counselor in Houston who is available to meet with you via phone, skype or in person to discuss any career related question you might have. Participate in our career change coaching group, find your inspired career path. To get started now give us a call to schedule an appointment at 832-559-2622
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