You must consider 5 things before making a career change

If you’re anything like me, you’ve had your fill of the same old thing over and over again. 2020 did us all in, right?

Now that we’re able to move on, at least a little bit, you may be thinking about making some changes in your life, especially in your career.

There’s no time like the present to make such big changes with so many companies making changes themselves.

Whether they went from working in the office to working remotely, or they’ve rebranded to meet the need of consumers today – there are plenty of jobs available today.

Before you make a career change, consider these 5 things.

1. Do you have what it takes to succeed?

Jump-starting a new career is a great idea, but it may require new training first. Don’t second guess yourself or hold yourself back, but make sure you have the right training so you can succeed.

Do your research while you’re still at your old job so you know what steps you must take before jumping ship.

2. Know what employers want

Again, while you’re still at your old job, figure out what employers want. What jobs are in high demand? Do any of them speak to you?

Do your research to determine what each job entails and then picture yourself in it. If you don’t feel elated at the new position (in your mind), don’t do it.

3. What transferable work skills do you have?

You must construct a resume that makes you seem qualified for the job.

Even if you’re applying for something in a completely different field, put your skills to the test. Break down what you did at each job and determine how it would benefit the new position. 

Not sure what a job would need? Just read job posts for the position you’re thinking about, and you’ll quickly see what employers want.

If you can’t see your duties like an outsider, let a friend or colleague help you.

4. Do you have a network?

It’s who you know, not what you know, most of the time. When you’re looking for a new job, rely on your network.

Get the word out about what you’re looking for and let others talk you up. Sometimes the best way to find a job is word of mouth.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

You know you’ll be asked this question in an interview, so you might as well start now. Think about your current job. What are you great at, and what could use some help?

This can help guide you to your ‘dream job’ if you’re not happy at your current job. Think about not only your strengths and weaknesses but the strengths and weaknesses of the job too. What do you love, and what do you hate?

Now could be the best time to make a career change, but not before you think about what you want. Just because you’re fed up with your current job doesn’t mean it’s time to change. Think about why you’re unhappy and then find a job that won’t replicate those reasons.

Is it time to change industries or careers? Should you go back to school? These are all questions to ask yourself long before you give your notice. It’s time to think about what you want to do when you grow up.