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Changing Careers? Some Points To Consider

Apr 17, 2008
How do you go about changing careers? Changing jobs requires some self-discovery and answering some basic questions.

Here are some of the questions to consider before changing careers:

1. What is my dream job? This is one of the most important questions you need to answer. Think of it this way - what would you want to do, if you did not have to worry about money and commitments? If you can answer this, then you will know what your dream job is.

2. What do I value? Every person has a set of values. These values are personal and individualistic. These values are what determine our personalities. Consider this - if you value your freedom and you have a job that involves working irregular or late hours, this is going to hamper your productivity and work. When it comes to changing careers, knowing your values is paramount.

3. What are you passionate about? There are certain things that each one of us is passionate about. Things that make us feel good about ourselves and things that give us pleasure. If you can combine your passion with your career, then you have your dream job.

4. What are your interests? Interests are things that grab your attention, that keep you interested and productive. Once you know your interests, you can work towards building your career around them.

5. What are your talents? All of us have some talents, some things that we are naturally good at. These talents are with us since birth and need to be honed to perfection. Some natural talents are writing, painting, singing and crafts. When talents are worked into your career, your career becomes easier to handle.

6. What are your skills? Skills are things that you can do with ease. Skills are different from talents. Skills can be acquired and they are important to your career. Whatever your skills may be, you need to work on them.

7. What strengths do you have? Your strengths enable you to do the work at hand efficiently. Your strengths could be giving presentations or making speeches. Whatever it is, you need to use your strengths to your advantage.

8. What are your weaknesses? You need to identify your weaknesses just as much as you need to identify your strengths. Once you know your weaknesses, you can work on them to improve them.

9. What activities do you dislike? Are there some things that you dislike doing? It could be anything - may be you hate public speaking or you dislike writing. Whatever it maybe, once you identify these activities, you can work around them.
10. What environment do you work best in? Do you need to be surrounded by modern amenities and high raise buildings? Or would you rather work in a small office with people who are more like family rather than colleagues and competitors. Once you have identified your ideal environment, you can look for a career that allows you to work in the same environment.

Once you have determined the answers to these questions, the process of changing your career will be simpler and easier to handle.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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