A new calendar year is upon us, hanging a new calendar on the wall causes pause and reflection. This often motivates people to take the plunge and change careers or jobs. If you are looking to make major career changes I commend your bravery for being ready to take a big step. A new professional life will not appear out of thin air the first week of January just because you updated your resume. This takes time, planning and thoughtful industry research.
A lot of friends, friends of friends, acquaintances come out of the woodwork around February and tell me how discouraged they are with their job search and are seeking advice. Often they are trying to make a change into a new industry and want something different out of their next professional move.
If you have found yourself in this boat before or are just thinking about a career change for the first time and want 2016 to be your year, let’s do it and let’s do it right.
- Why do I want to change my career? Do I like the people I work with but hate the work? Do I like the work but hate my boss and co-workers?
- Do I know what industry I want to transition into or do I just know it’s time for a change?
- Do I really know what the new industry I want entails or am I glamorizing a profession based on media portrayal? (We all do this, it’s okay, you need to network and shadow and do your research.)
- What are my resources? Most colleges and universities offer career services for alumni of their undergrad and graduate programs. This is a great place to start if you are not sure what career change you want or need.
- What are my skills and talents? What are my passions? Do I have the skills and education necessary for the new career I am eyeing?
- Can I take a pay cut? Can I afford to go back to school part or full time if necessary?
I understand this is a lot to take in. As a career counselor, I am happy to talk it out and help you figure out your next move. You know where to reach me.