Career Change Guidance by Jessica Hodges
People change careers everyday. It’s not uncommon for people to have at least a few careers in their lifetime. Entrepreneurs change careers by starting new or different businesses while technical people might move from programming or design to management, sales, and then possibly back again. Some people change their careers entirely by switching to totally different fields. Some simply just move to different companies.
However, many people don’t know how to change careers. In fact, many are afraid to think about it. They’re in the position of passively waiting for something to carry them to the right direction.
One of the first obstacles on career change is identifying the right time to make the change. You might feel comfortable in the career and position that you’re in right now but your intuition tells you otherwise. Listening to your intuition is very important. It helps inform you about your life purpose through feelings, words or dreams.
So when is the right time for a career change? Here are some questions, suggested by careerpath.com, to get you started:
- What are you doing when time seems to fly by?
- Perhaps your ideal jobs might exist or be created within your company. So if you were offered an ideal job, what would it be?
- What do you look forward to doing on the weekends or on a vacation?
- What is your intuition communicating to you about your ideal job?
- Is there any action that you’re being guided to take?
- Is there anything that feels exciting or joyful that you want to act on?
- If money were no object, what kind of work would you love to do?
So now you’ve decided that now is the right time for a career change, but you’re worried the new career that you’re changing to. You might be even afraid of being able to make confident, well-informed decision about making that career change. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some questions to ask yourself before making a career change suggested by Susan Eckert:
- What are your skills and competencies?
- Which skills are transferable?
- What key competencies are required to be successful at your new field of interest?
- If there are the skills you don’t have, ask how you might build them.
- What are the costs/benefits of staying right where you are now?
- What are the costs/benefits of making a change?
If you need expert help to guide you to a successful career change, you should look for a professional counselor or psychologist that have experience helping people identify their true mission in life.