Career Change Planning – The Five Biggest Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make!

Many times when we make a mistake we fail to learn from the misstep. Consequently, it’s not long before we make the same mistake again. It’s the same with our careers. We rely on recommendation of friends and family. A well meaning teacher or family friend points you in a particular career direction.

They mean well but before we know it we’re climbing up a job progression ladder we have no interest in climbing. You want to change employment or jobs but you want to do it right. To learn from the mistakes of others here’s some ideas on how not to work out a career change plan:

By not taking responsibility for your future: Don’t depend on others to recognize your potential. Don’t let your company or organization define your future. It’s your future to plan how you are going to get where you want to be. Your career is too important to leave it in the hands of others. Advice from others is fine but always temper it with your own analysis and passions.

By not being practical: It’s OK to dream but if you’re 40 years old, next year you are not going to be the starting middle linebacker with the Green Bay Packers. Be realistic in your career plans and take it one step at a time. Build on your success, and as your self-confidence grows your overall plans can become more ambitious.

By limiting your career scope and range: As you analyze your interests and passions don’t limit yourself to only working one type of job or working in one industry. Keep your employment ambitions as wide open as possible, from self-employment to working in another industry. As you develop more career options you have a greater chance of researching a career that is a good fit for your skills and interests.

By over detailed career planning: A number of career plans fail due to lack of flexibility. The more details in a career plan the greater chance that you will not respond properly to changes in circumstances. And you can bet there will be changes. Your research will eliminate some opportunities but will uncover many more possibilities. Keep your career plan flexible, with measurable benchmarks. As you reach the interim goals your career planning should become more aggressive but within achievable objectives.

By taking unnecessary career risks: Unnecessary risks are taking a job with inadequate research. Unnecessary risks are changing careers without interviewing an adequate number of people currently working in that career. Unnecessary risks are going to work for a company or organization without having a clear picture of their future. Unnecessary risks are becoming self employed or starting a business with an incomplete business plan.

With proper research and study your approach should be the developing of career options and then making an informed choice. Keep from making any of these five career planning mistakes and you’ll be well on your way to finding the right career with the right employer.