If your current job isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s time for a change. But a complete career change isn’t something you should just jump into. Starting your new journey with some planning and research will ensure your transition will be a good one. Here are 5 smart things you should do before making any big changes.
#1 Research the position. Start by researching the field that you are interested in. You want to know as much as you can about it. What the position entails, what duties you would be in charge of, if people in this position are generally happy. Do an online search and check your local library for more information about the job. Speak to anyone you know in the field. Offer to take them out to lunch, or set up a meeting in their office so that you can ask questions about the new career you are considering.
#2 Do a job search. Go online and check sites like Monster.com or LinkedIn to see how many opportunities there are, number of job listings, average pay. Also pay close attention to the type of businesses that are hiring for your specific position as you may find the types of companies are not to your liking.
#3 Update yourself. Would additional education help you land this new position? If yes, take any necessary courses before leaving your current job. You also want to update your resume and cover letter, making sure they reflect your most recent experience and credentials.
#4 Volunteer. Can you volunteer or work as an intern? Test the waters by finding a non-paid position you can do in your spare time. This will give you a taste of the job and will really tell you if it’s right for you or not.
#5 Plan ahead. Lastly, be realistic about your decision. Keep in mind that things many not go as planned; you may not land a secure position right away, or you may end up disliking the job. Make sure you have enough money saved up just in case.
Changing your career is a big deal. Before jumping all in, make sure you are prepared. Do any research, take any courses and make sure you have a back-up plan just in case.
Have you ever completely changed your career? What did you do to prepare?