Advice about Careers


Six Easy Steps to Career Change Success

Six Easy Steps to Career Change Success

Dissatisfaction in the workplace is not uncommon. Many people struggle to get up in the morning at the thought of spending another day at a dreary or unpleasant job while others struggle to get along with colleagues or their boss.

Not liking your job or suffering from boredom in the workplace can lead to poor job performance and unhappiness. If you are suffering from these types of symptoms a career change might be in order. Here are the steps to follow to ensure the best chance of gaining that new position.

1. Likes and Dislikes

To prepare for getting a new job the first step is to consider your likes and dislikes in relation to your current job. Disliking your boss or a co-worker needn’t be an issue when you change jobs but disliking the work itself means that you may need to consider an entirely different career path.

Take the time to think about the aspects of your current job that are pleasant or likeable. This will help you decide where to go from here. Try taking career assessment quizzes or speaking to a career counselor to help you to work out your likes and dislikes. A huge salary isn’t worth much if the job makes you miserable or causes you ill health as a result of stress. 

2. Planning and Research

Try to avoid making an impulsive decision because you have had a bad day or are fed up. Put in some planning and research the position you want. This will increase your chances of getting the right job. Research job descriptions and talk to a career counselor or people already working in the role you want and gather as much information as possible before applying. 

3. Transferable Skills

Even when applying for a position that is completely different from your current one, many job skills are transferable. These skills might include:

  • Multitasking

  • Delegating responsibility

  • Training junior staff

  • Use of computer software programs

  • Running meetings

  • Working on group projects

  • Being in control of a budget

So be sure to include all transferable skills on your resume.

4. Training and Education

Do any training courses that may be relevant to the position you are after. This will place you ahead of the competition. Further education is looked upon positively as it shows your willingness to continue learning as well as adaptability and flexibility. 

5. Volunteering

In some cases the only way to gain experience is on the job so volunteering can be a great way to gather information, meet contacts and get valuable experience. It is also a good way to determine if this is the right career path for you. 

6. Networking and Applying

Networking can be a valuable way to get information about a position and to get the jump on any openings. Networking can also help develop relationships that may be valuable in the future. Your network can start with family and friends, but should extend to trusted work colleagues and relevant associations or organizations. The more people in your network the more chances of you hearing about a job opportunity or for someone to put in a good word with their boss.

Begin applying for jobs and start practicing interview techniques with a friend or colleague. When changing careers it is possible that you will start at the bottom so flexibility is important. Set goals and be clear to about what you want in terms of salary and hours. While money shouldn’t be the only basis for a career change it is important not to put yourself into financial stress and to find a position that fits in with your personal circumstances. Consider travel times to and from the work place, whether they offer flexible hours if you require them and whether you will be required to work overtime or after hours. The better suited you are for the job, the longer you are likely to stay there and be happy.