Career Transition – Tips to Manage Your Career Change!

Make the change with These Helpful Tips!

Have you ever thought, in the midst of you career, why you are no longer are excited to get up and go to work every morning? Could it mean you didn’t give much thought before you starting working in your current career? If the answer to the last question is “yes,” what can you do to get out of a job you don’t love?

If you are cursing your job now may be the time to make a change. Really, it’s never too late to make a career change decision. Short of looking for help from a career coach there are some steps you can take to make an effective career transition.

First, do not think of your career as defined by your job title. This one dimensional approach will normally not be productive in analyzing your method of sourcing your career direction. Your current career is really made up of two factors: one is defined by your job duties, the skills you bring to the job, your knowledge base and your overall abilities. Second to analyze is the career field, what industry do you work?

Since you have decided you need to make a career change, it’s important to realize how to make the change to another career. It’s critical that you know what part of your current job you do not want. Answer the question: is it the industry that is the problem, or just the job, or is it both?

Now here is where many go wrong. They change both their career and the industry. A better option is to change careers by continue to work in the same industry. Of you could change the industry but with the same job.

For example, you enjoy building teams and managing people but it’s at the retail level, with its seasonal and sometimes weekly fluctuations of available hours. So you look for a more stable situation where your management and team building skills can be utilized. You find a comparable position with a large insurance processing claim center.

Or you work in an administrative position in a large medical center. Your lack of a medical related degree, you find, will hold you back later on in your career. You however, enjoy the medical field, so you look for a position with a smaller more personable organization that sells to or consults with the larger medical centers.

Once you’ve roughed out the new career direction, the next step is to research your options. If you find more education is needed, perhaps evening classes at a local college could close the gap. Many times this can be accomplished with a concentrated course of self-study. Don’t forget the valuable option of interviewing a number of people currently working in the desired career. Their answers to your prepared questions will lead you to additional productive study. All designed to draft a resume that will get you noticed, and a job in the new career, new industry or both.

The most difficult step in any career transition is the proper analysis that will give you the desired direction. Recognize that you may have to take an initial pay cut, or make the career transition through a series of employers. However, will detailed planning and some hard work you’ll find the right job where it will be a joy to go into work each morning.