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The Do's and Don'ts of Changing Careers

Aug 21, 2008
Changing your career will require careful planning and determination. Before you make the leap to another job, let's first take a look at the do's and don'ts of a career change.

Here Are the Do's

DO Jot down a plan for a change in your career. Be clear and honest with yourself as to what you want and where you want to be. Clearly think about what you are passionate about, where your interests lie and come up with a strategic plan. Be confident and project yourself positively.

DO Research the field you are interested in getting into. Ask yourself if you are ready to take on new duties and responsibilities. You need to put a lot of effort into executing your plan.

DO get some advice for the career change from experienced professionals. There are many books in the market that can guide you during this stage in your life. You can seek out for a mentor who can point you in the right direction.

Changing a career is a challenge and must be undertaken carefully.

DO get a part-time job in the field you wish to enter while you are still with your current employer. Doing so will help you learn and understand more about the new field and if you really have what it takes to succeed in it.

By doing this, you will get a clear and better understanding of the work and expectations of that field. You can also take a course that will give you in-depth knowledge about your new career. By taking a part-time job and an educational course, you will gather both knowledge and experience that will help you land a better job.

DO Get in touch with people in the same line of work. Increase your professional network by attending events and letting people know about your search. While doing so, let people know that you are looking for a job within that field.

Once you are sure what kind of job will suit you best, DO start looking for top employers in that industry. Gather as much information as possible. Tailor your resume towards this new industry.

When you are looking to change careers, you need to focus more on your skills as well as convince the potential employer that you will be an asset to their organization.

Here Are The Don'ts:

DON'T make a career change because your friends or colleagues have. Give careful consideration to your motivation for changing careers. Never make a change because you do not get along with your colleagues or boss.

DON'T let insecurity hold you back from exploring a new career. Do not forget to take the advantage of your previous qualifications and work experiences. Also, don't make the change if you are not sure about it

After considering the above do's and don'ts you will find it easy to make your decision. It will require hard work and determination - but you can be successful!
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 including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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