Sometimes you need a change.
Perhaps the career you chose years ago has changed enough so that it doesn’t fit you anymore, or maybe you graduated with one degree, but feel you’re better suited somewhere else.
People change careers throughout their working years, some as early as in their 20’s and some much later in life
If you are contemplating a career transition, think about why….
- Have you lost the fulfillment you once found in your job?
- Are you looking to improve your financial situation?
- Do you need something more flexible to better suit your family?
- Have you hit a dead end in your current career?
- Are you simply ready for a change
All of these are valid reasons to seek a career change.
The key is making a smooth transition. A career change is enough transition within itself; you want the adjustment to be as easy as possible.
Try some of these tips:
- Research – If you are interested in something, take the time to really research it. As the following article looks at, if you’re thinking about home inspection, learn 5 reasons to train for a home inspection career, which include strong market need, salary, and flexibility. You may want to search the negatives as well, just so you know all the angles.
- Talk to someone in that career field – If you know a home inspector or realtor, have coffee with them and find a first-hand perspective on the job. Use them as a source of information to answer any questions.
- Budget – You may go a little while without the same income you’ve had. Take this into consideration and be smart financially during the transition, even before.
- Be realistic about your strengths and weaknesses – If you are unorganized, you may have trouble running your own business. If you are an extrovert you may go a little stir crazy working at home alone all day.
- Have a timeline – Know how long it will take. For instance, you need not only the client base and solid reputation to be a successful home inspector, but you also need training and licensing. This won’t happen overnight, so plan accordingly. Figure out the best time to leave your current job in accordance with a beginning a new one. Do you want all of your training done before leaving your current job? Do you want some time in between for home projects? Think about it and have a plan.
Most people don’t stay in the same career all of their lives, much less the same job.
There’s probably going to be some transition in your work life, so make the best of it and turn it into a smooth, positive experience.
With some thoughtful, thorough research and planning, you can be off to a successful new career before you know it.
About the Author: Heather Legg writes on topics related to small business, working for home and social media.