• Why are you looking for a career change?

Think a hundred times over whether changing your career is beneficial for your future or not. You shouldn’t regret your decision later. It’s a huge decision and you should give enough time to think whether your reasons are viable or not. For example, you don’t like the working environment anymore, your profession doesn’t excite you, you are not getting any promotions for years, your manager and coworkers don’t like you, or you feel undervalued at your workplace. These are a few reasons that may come to your mind if you decide to change your career. Think again. If these things bother you so much that it affects you mentally, then you may consider changing your career.

  • Look before you leap

What is bothering you so much that you don’t want to change your job but change your entire career? Try making a list of things that you like and dislike about your present profession. Be honest with your assessment. You can also think of ways to enjoy your present job more. If you can’t think of any idea or the list of dislikes is too big, then you can think of looking for a different career option. It’s always about self-reflecting and not rushing the process. If it takes time, give it time. But don’t rush into any decision. You can also try a few other options before you finally decide to change your career:

  • Try to work for another company that offers a similar job profile.
  • If possible, try to change the sector. For example, if you teach in a college, you can try and shift from the academic section to the research section.
  • Try to modify your current job by pursuing a part-time job or something that you like, provided it pays you well.
  • Determine the type of career you want

If you are confident enough to change your career, your next plan of action is to determine the type of career you want. This is about prioritizing the points that you think you are not getting in your current profession. Try making a list of things you want from your new career. For example, you want to work as an admin, handle less paperwork, work in a team instead of working individually, work from home, or work where there is flexible time. 

On the other hand, if you still want to give a last try at your present job, you can list down your requirements and present it to your boss. You can explain how meeting your demands can be beneficial for the business. If your boss doesn’t want to negotiate, you can try looking for a different career option. Be sure to contact agencies that specialise in your chosen industry. For example finance recruitment requires different knowledge from your recruiter to IT recruitment.

  • Assess your skills and capabilities

Your educational degree is one way of looking at your skills and capabilities. Additionally, you should also consider your team-building skills, fundraising ability, organizational skills, ability to research, and brainstorming ideas that can benefit the company. 

  • How do you want to utilize your skills?

Managing your skills is also a crucial factor that you need to keep in mind before changing your career. Consider the types of job roles you would love to work in your new profession. Moreover, how will you utilize your skills in the new job? If you can’t think of anything, talk to people whom you can rely on when it comes to career advice. See what they have to say about your skills and the best ways to utilize them. For example, you may not be aware that you are good at organizing everything, while your colleague envies you for your organizational skills

You should also focus on the things that interest you the most. If you love photography, you can try taking it up as a new career option. Maybe you were in the wrong job for too long. It may take some time to earn as much as your new job, but you can enhance your skills and get good remuneration in some time.

Don’t underestimate your value. Always consider your skills, educational degree, and experience before changing your career. Sure, changing your career can be a big decision, but that doesn’t mean you need to start from a salary that a fresher gets. Use your experience to negotiate a deal that is profitable both for you and your new company. Make sure you highlight your skills to the manager or your new boss so that he values your experience in the organization. It’s important to make your boss know that you make a difference in the company.

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