5 tips for making a career change

Has your job lost its luster? Maybe it’s time to make a change.

Follow these five tips to make a career change

1. Make a list of what you enjoy most about your current work. Consider projects you’ve worked, day to day tasks and workplace culture. Do you enjoy working on a team or independently? Do your prefer predictability in your role or variety? In the end, ask yourself what you would like to take with you into your next role.

2. Identify your strengths. Review your resume and pull out the transferrable skills and experiences. Ask someone you trust to help you review it for an objective opinion. How can each of these skills be translated into a different possible career path?

3. Conduct informational meetings with people in the areas that interest you. Gather information about industries and what the jobs in that field typically entail and require. Use these meetings to find out what it would take to transition into that field. Be sure to ask them what skills and experience are required, and based on their answers, determine if you need to take some classes or volunteer, for example, to gain experience.

4. Create a timeline for the “transition process.” Set a realistic timeline for your transition and create a plan from there. Set a deadline and work backwards. Having a plan will enable you to stay organized and motivated to make the change. Make sure your process is clear and concise. Set goals for yourself that you know you can achieve but will also move you out of your comfort zone.

5. Monitor your progress. Refer back your timeline on a regular basis to make sure you are on schedule. Writing it down isn’t enough – you need to check in with your progress regularly. If you need to make revisions to your plan, you can. It is better to have a plan and be willing to be flexible with it than not create one at all because you’re afraid to fail.

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