Wednesday, September 2, 2020

How To Pull Off The Ultimate Career Change

 Do you ever feel like your life is on rails and you're going to wind up at a particular destination? If so, it can be tricky to know what to do. In some ways, it is reassuring. In others, it's deathly dull. You don't always want to know how things in your work are going to pan out. 


It's oppressive thinking about going to the office for another twenty years to do the same thing, to get a pension. You want to inject a little spice into proceedings and make it feel a bit more dangerous. After all, who wants to plug away at the same thing forever, never getting the rewards you deserve


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The good news, though, is that you can pull off a career change and get on a different set of tracks for a while. It is exhilarating and could be the kick up the ass your life needs. 


People change careers for all sorts of reasons. Some aren't passionate about their chosen field anymore. Others want a new challenge - something that will make them grow as people. For around 40 per cent of people, it is the stress levels. Sometimes it is best taking a lower-paying job to escape the torment of a high-powered position if you have the wrong personality for it. 


Think About Your Education


If you want to become a lawyer, you'll have to check out the best educational establishments for your particular field. If you're going to go into healthcare, you'll need to evaluate the best nurse practitioner schools. If you want to go into finance, you'll need to check out universities that offer courses where most graduates get a job afterwards. You know the drill. 


Think about your education and which route you should take. Remember, these days, you don't necessarily have to go to university. There are plenty of online courses that teach you the basics, giving you practical skills you can use on the job. 


Look At Your Options


You might want a well-paying position in your target industry, but what do you actually have to do to get there. Does it require years of study? Or is there a relatively quick path and a lot of posts available? 


Shadow Jobs


Most people become disgruntled with their first careers because they don't accurately understand the reality of the work before they go into them. The same is true of second careers. You might think that the grass is greener on the other side, but is it? 


To find out, you'll want to find opportunities to shadow people in particular roles. Get a feel for what they do and then ask yourself if you can see it as something you'll spend your life doing. In some cases, you might want to become an office volunteer, learning the ropes and building skills that you can later use when you come to get paid work. 


Develop New Skills


Finally, you'll need to focus on developing new skills. Your current job might provide some transferable expertise, but it is unlikely. Take weekend classes and seminars, and boost your human capital. 

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