9 TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGE
Updated: Feb 22
Chances are that you’ve experienced the Sunday Night Fear. You know, that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you think about going in to work tomorrow?
Some people can experience this every single night. Yet every day battle on. Most full time employees spend about 30% of their time working and travelling to work. 30% of your time is nearly a third. Imagine hating a third of your life when you only get one of them.
You don’t have to live like this. You are the only one that has the power to take control of your situation and make changes. Maybe you can start applying for the roles you want straight away, maybe you need to go and complete some course so that you are employable in the role that you want.
Here are some tips on how to have a successful role change:
Tip 1. Understand your where you’re at
Are you looking for a complete career change or a change in employer doing the same thing? D you have the skills you need for a career change or do you need to upskill?
Tip 2: Check your bank balance
You can’t expect to change career and immediately start making masses of money. Usually you have to establish yourself first. You may have to take a ‘side step’ which could mean a wage cut to be able to work your way up again. Are you prepared for that? Do you have some savings to support you?
Look at all your outgoings and ingoings and really understand your finances. Cut out unnecessary spending and use any surplus cash to invest in your career change.
Your discipline with saving will be worth it in the long term.
Tip 3: Get clarity on what you want and your ability
Spend time to understand what your core values are and use them to guide your career change. Do you like being independent or prefer to collaborate in a group? Do you love adventure or prefer stability?
Critically assess your skills.
What are you passionate about. Do you want to work with children or animals? Are you interested in a particular industry or role?
Dig deep and really think about these 3 things when determining your career ambitions.
Tip 4: Visualization
Go wild thinking about the career paths you could follow.
Use job sites to look at new industries, talk to friends or even speak to a career counsellor or recruitment consultant. Don’t forget considering different roles in the same industry as your current career!
After you’ve made a long list of potential jobs, select a few that really excite you for further in-depth research.
When narrowing down your options, think about what professions are in demand where you live. Are you prepared to relocate?
Tip 5: Use social media to network
Use platforms like LinkedIn, which is made purely for professionals, to connect with people in your potential new industries.
Tip 6: Test drive your career change
In my office you can do a career day and sit next to someone that you’d want to know more about the role. Do a volunteer day. Use your network. Give it a go for real before you take the plunge so you know what you are in for.
Tip 7: Build up your experience
Volunteer or intern in your local community or establish a side-hustle and work freelance in your chosen field. Whatever you decide to do, don’t be scared to get creative.
Tip 8: Upgrade your skills to match your ambition
By this point, you’ve made some connections, gained experience and really understand your new industry and role.
Although you will have lots of transferable skills, you’ve also probably identified gaps in your knowledge and that’s fine after all this career is new to you! However, you need to take ownership of your self-development.
Some roles may require a degree that you need to go and study for. Some roles may just be a case of building up knowledge from online courses and research like listening to podcasts.
Whatever you decide to upgrade your skills, remember that self-development is a life-long thing and you should be continually self developing through life.
Tip 9: Take the leap
It is totally normal to feel nervous and question if this is the right decision. Success happens outside of your comfort zone. But when you’ve put the work in, its time to just do it. Remember there will never be a perfect time.
Good luck, I hope you have a successful career change!