Whether you are changing careers early on, or you want a change from one you have been in for a long time, it is important to plan it properly.
You don’t want to switch to something completely different only to find out it was a wrong move.
Here are 7 things you need to think about to make the best move:
Are the reasons you are changing career something that could be resolved in your current company? Talk it out with your employer, let them know what you’re looking for. With the connections you already have in this company they might be able to move you to something you’d be more interested in.
Think about why you want to change from your current career: don’t go back into the same kind of role, where you’ll find the same problems. Really assess whether you do want to change career, or whether it is just the place of work you want to leave.
Write down what your duties are where you currently work and what skills you have grown there. Then work out where this experience will benefit you in a new role.
Is there something you’ve always wanted to do? Now might be the time to go for it! Think about what interests you outside of work and whether this could be something to weave into a future career.
Consider whether your perfect new career might involve moving elsewhere. Would you be happy relocating if it meant a chance at a new job?
Ask yourself whether money is an important factor. Perhaps you already know that you’re changing careers because your salary isn’t enough. But could you take a pay cut for something you’d be more interested in doing?
Get your profile fully up to date: include all the skills you can bring with you and your most recent experience. Go into detail about those transferable skills that you know you want to bring to a new career and make those your focus point.
Think about these things rather than jumping into the first job opportunity that comes along. Really consider your career change and be sure it’s what you want: it might be the best thing you do.