How to start a new career is a question we occasionally have to ask ourselves at some point in our lives. Maybe we want a better work-life balance, a more flexible schedule, or a higher income. Sometimes we didn’t do enough research when we chose our original career. In any case, you are up for a career change and this article is going to show you how.
Discover your calling
Figure out what your calling in life is and then go at it with all your might! This is one of the secrets to success.
Discover what makes you happy or miserable
Write down on two sheets of paper the things that make you happy and the things that make you miserable. Ideally, your career will include more of the first and less of the second.
Choose what you enjoy
Pick careers that include activities you enjoy, even if you don’t think you are qualified. Read up on them. Establish what you need to learn, how much it will cost you and how much time it will take. Talk to other successful people in your chosen field.
Check your savings
Check if you have enough savings to last you the transition period, especially if you are moving from a high-income to a lower-income career. Downsize your spending. You may need to sell your car and move to a lower-income neighborhood. In extreme cases, you may need to move in with your parents to save money while you study.
How to start a new career without a vision of your future life
Have a vision of your future life. Don’t go for a career change if you don’t know what you want your life to be. Talk with other professionals about what their daily routine looks like and what their daily challenges are.
See what transferable skills you have
You probably have skills from your old career that can be transferred to your new one.
Typically, employers care about these skills, as the technical skills can be learned on the job:
- client management skills
- communication skills
- relationship building skills
- problem-solving skills
- time management skills
- teamwork skills.
If you are going to be a web designer, for example, you may need to enlist in some technical courses.
How to start a new career? Join professional associations
Join professional associations to get a feel of what the job is like and what the requirements are. Take advantage of their online tools.
Get a mentor
Get a mentor, or even better – several mentors to help you get started in your new field. Each mentor will provide a unique perspective.
Do volunteer work
If possible do volunteer work to gain experience and a feel of what you will be doing full-time once you switch careers.
Do a very good research
Do very good research on what you will have to do, how you will have to do it, what your schedule will be and how much it pays. If possible, tag along someone who does that for a day.