Looking For A New Job? How To Be Successful In A Career Change

There’s no such thing as a perfect job, but you can enjoy what you do. Our occupation consumes 8 hours a day for 40 hours a week, every week. We work from the time that we are 18 until 65; shouldn’t it be something that you enjoy or feel fulfilled at? Don’t settle for having a job you dread doing every day. Make a career change if you aren’t happy, but be smart about how you decide on the new career.

  1. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses? Make a list of the things that you are good at, and the things that you struggle with. Consider why you struggle with certain things. Do you genuinely dislike the activity, or is it something that you are unfamiliar with and so you avoid it? Consider if it’s something that you are able to work at to become better. Consider jobs that line up with your strengths and personal likes.
  2. What Specifically Are You Dissatisfied With? Is your boss making work unbearable? Or do you have a degree in a different area, and you want to finally put your education to good use? Whatever it may be, list out exactly what it is that is prompting this feeling to change careers. Who you work with or for can make a big difference in how you feel about your job. Mark down things that bother you at your current position. Do you not feel appreciated? Do you work too much overtime? Are your coworkers lazy, which puts more work on you?
  3. What Do You Want To See In Your New Job? Write down all of the things that your dream job would consist of. Write down your likes and dislikes. Whether you want to work in the middle of city in a beautiful building, want to have status with your position, or want to make so much money per month, it’s important to recognize these goals. Then, start your search to see what companies and positions line up with your strengths and desires, while avoiding the things that you dislike.
  4. What Are Your Goals In Life? Are you wanting to work with underprivileged kids? Do you want to live a certain lifestyle and attend major social events? Are you looking to travel, or do you want to start a family? Consider all of the things when you start your career switch. Think about the hours that you’ll be asked to commit to, as well as how much vacation and travel time you’ll be able to take.
  5. Reach Higher Than You Think: Even if you don’t have all of the qualifications, don’t hesitate to put your resume in for the job. Attitude and responsibility can’t be taught, but things like certifications can be. Employers are more interested in finding quality people to join their team, and aren’t as concerned about the education piece. Put yourself out there and reach for the upper management position that you’ve been dreaming of. The worst that can happen is that they say they’ve already filled the position. Don’t let a few ‘no’s stop you. Keep applying and keep searching after your dream.

You’ll have good days and bad days at work, even in your dream job. The most important thing to look for is your life satisfaction. If you are meeting your personal goals for what you want to accomplish with your life, then you are on the right path. If not, then it’s time to make the jump!

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