At some point in nearly everyone’s professional career, it’s common to stop and wonder “Am I really doing what I want to do for the rest of my life? If this sounds like you, keep reading.
Changing careers isn’t usually something a person does on a whim. Instead, there’s typically a trigger. Sometimes, burnout is to blame, and moving on gets more enticing. During COVID-19, certain industries have been devastated, causing work fatigue or job loss.
If you’re ready to consider a career change in 2021 that aligns with what you’re passionate about, here are some tips to help you follow your dream.
So you have an inkling of what you would really love to do. Great! The next step is to plan how you’ll turn your career goals into reality. For example, if you want to become a freelance travel writer, look at the competition. How will you compete? How competitive is the industry? If you’d like to move into another full-time profession, how does your experience stack up? Thinking through and writing down details such as these can help you start making progress toward bringing your career move to life.
Go Over your Finances
Can you afford to live on a smaller income – at least for a while? It’s important to include your budgets as you write down your plan. That means figuring out your personal expenses to really understand what it takes for you and your family to live, eat and survive. It’s important to know your finances before you make any kind of move.
What Do You Need to Learn?
No matter your career move, you’ll probably need to acquire some new skills, education, experience, certifications, or licenses. Whatever you need to learn, it’s better to figure it out early. That means assessing your current skillset and looking at what your dream career requires. One way is to explore current job ads/descriptions that include must-have skills, as well as overviews of any necessary education, certifications, or license requirements.
Narrow it Down
As you research what you need to learn to pull off your career change, you’ll find that certain options aren’t right for you. Qualifying for those roles may take more time and energy (or money, if you need to head back to college) than you have to give – and that’s okay. Use what you’ve discovered and narrow down your parameters.
Update your Brand
Once you’ve finished the bulk of your action plan, it’s time to update your personal brand to align with your new career. Start by revamping your resume. Add in details from your career transition, including any new skills, education, certifications, licenses, and more. Then, adjust the content to target your new role. Be sure to update your LinkedIn or other social media profiles to showcase any recently acquired expertise.
Start your Search
As you start your search, tap your network, including new connections you made during the research process. Set up job search notifications on major job boards and check out the career pages of leading employers in your new niche. Another great way to get started is to connect with a recruiter, who will have extensive knowledge of the field you’d like to move into and can help you improve your job search capabilities.
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