Thinking about a New Career in the Future? Follow These Tips Before the Big Switch
It’s no surprise that 2020 tested us to the very limit, we were challenged mentally, financially, professionally and some of us physically. But aren’t we proud to have gone through those bad times and yet have the confidence to stand strong? You are tough because as the saying goes when the going gets tough, the tough get going, no matter what life throws at you, you have the courage to hang on.
We all had our checklist at the beginning of 2020, some of us ticked many on the list while most of us couldn’t due to the pandemic. If at all you had a career change in your checklist and couldn’t achieve it, here are some guidelines you need to think about so that you make the right decision.
It could have been a layoff that prompted you to think of a career change or the extinction of the job that forced you, or maybe you were fed up with what you were doing in the past. No matter what, we need to assess everything before thinking of a career change.
The “Why” Questions
It is very important that you ask yourself why you want to change your career, why you are leaving the current job. Why couldn’t you have continued and why this particular field or company when there are so many others to choose from are a few questions that would justify the reasons behind your thought of career change.
The “What” Questions
Once you found the answer to that if you can put your feet into the boots of the new role and think, what does the new role demand from you, and in return what do they pay, what are your strengths and how do they translate to the new career, what are the things you lack and, in the event, you lack something, what will be the new company’s approach? These are a few things you could ponder upon before you take on what might seem like greener pastures.
Do your background research
From signing up with a Job board or recruiter to going and interacting with someone who already is working in the field you covet could give glimpses of what you would be up against when the rubber hits the road. It is always important to assess your qualifications against what you would need. Sometimes, your knowledge and expertise in some areas could be translated into the new role. But on the other hand, there could be knowledge gaps. Based on the knowledge gap, you need to think of ways to bridge the gap.
Be it an online course, google research, or talking to an expert, or an intern, you would need to assess the most appropriate way of gathering knowledge to be groomed well for the new job. Based on how quickly you pick things up, you could have a brief idea about the passage of time needed to master the skills. If so, would you be able to afford that time is another question that pops up? In short, the curve on the graph “ulterior goal” against the “timeline” could track your progression.
According to Tom Peter “We are CEOs of our own companies: To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called, You”. Changing the language on your resume or updating your LinkedIn and social media profile shows that you are transitioning into a new industry. Try to portray your brand and what more you bring to the table than the others and if you can wall the talk, and prove to the professionals logically that you are the man. You may have what you are after.
But on the other hand, whether or not you are conscious, your personal brand is being presented every second. You are just one in millions who are trying to spot a place but remember you too are just a click away from a career change.