How to Properly Prepare for a Career Change

Guest post by Noel Griffith

Have you decided that you have had enough of your current job, you want a change of career? Well, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that the average person will make a career change up to 5 times in their lives.

You’re right to feel a little trepidation however, the economy is not at its strongest position, and there are a lot of unknowns going into a new career. But as Alexander Bell said himself, ‘‘before anything else, preparation is the key to success’’.

This could not be more relevant to a change of career, if you prepare fully you will make a successful change. I have seen it myself countless times, and I have narrowed it down to the 5 most important areas to prepare around. These are as follows:

Have a Financial Buffer

dollarMost of us rely on a monthly income to pay all the bills. Making a career change can mean some uncertainty of your expected income, and even a period of time without any income.

So having a buffer built up adequate to cover your bills for a few months is the smart thing to do. Having the added stress of not being able to pay bills will make the whole process a lot more difficult.

Build up a Network

chatChanging career means meeting and working with a new scope of people. So start networking well ahead of the time you enter the new industry. This can be beneficial for a number of reasons, you’ll make new friends, be in the loop for any potential job openings, and have a point of reference to help with any questions you have.

You can do this by becoming active on social networks, joining online forums, and reading/contributing to blogs.

Gain Experience

Having experience in your new chosen career is invaluable. There is always a circle that’s hard to break, you need experience, but you are not able to gain experience without having experience. But this circle can be broken by volunteering or even starting your own company.

Build Your Knowledge

lightbulbUnless your new career involves some areas that overlap with your current role, or is born from a hobby of yours – you’ll need to gain a lot of new knowledge. Expect the learning curve to be steep at first, but don’t become discouraged.

Learning a new skillset and entering a new career is great for self-esteem, helping you become more enriched with knowledge, and giving you a new focus. Meet the new challenges head-on and make the most of it.

Believe in Yourself

heartThis is the most important area to consider. You need to believe in yourself, and believe that you can start a new career. Because you can. With the right amount of preparation as highlighted above, and the amount of dedicated required – you can do whatever you set your mind to.


 

BIO: Noel Griffith is a webmaster at www.careerswiki.com and works as a recruitment consultant and career advisor. He focuses on helping people find their ideal career, and giving ongoing advice in regard to finding a progressive career path to match their skill set. With a strong belief in communication and networking, Noel’s goal is to help connect the right people and forge strong professional relationships. To contact Noel you can email him at careerswiki1@gmail.com