Find a Job or Find a Career?
The days when people would spend an entire lifetime in one line of work are over. Because of economics, developments in technology, and readily available career training, people can now change careers two or even three times in a lifetime. If you are considering a new path professionally, then congratulations on having the courage to make a better life for yourself! In this article, we will discuss some of the issues that you should keep in mind as you work towards new and rewarding career opportunities.
Before you decide to choose a new career path, ask yourself what you really want to do with the rest of your life. Do you want to switch from business to public service? Perhaps you have reached a point in your career when you can take a hiatus to write the book you have always had inside of you? Or, perhaps you know how to market your expertise as a consultant. Before you make this very important decision, there are several things that you should consider. Do a job search to gauge the availability of career opportunities, determine whether you will you require training courses, and if possible attend career fairs to do some networking. Gather as much information as you can so that you can make an informed decision.
As you look at new, professional opportunities, be very honest with yourself about what you are looking for. Ideally, you are looking for a good balance of money and personal satisfaction. Evaluate what you like and what you do not like, your skill set, and your personal values. You might also turn to a career coach to do a career assessment test. You should also be absolutely sure that your skills are equal in the new field. If not, you will have to devout some time to a training course or two. Depending on your financial standing, this may not be feasible. However, you can do night school courses or online education before you actually leave your present employment. You should also get a thorough understanding of the field that interests you by reading industry journals, attending conferences, and speaking to people in the profession about what they do. This is a good way to begin professional friendships early.
Once you have decided on which career path you want to follow, you may choose to volunteer or take a part-time job in that field to gain some experience before jumping in full time. You can also find a mentor who can advise you on how to make your new career successful. If you want to start sending out resumes, then spend time researching what it takes to interview for a job, prepare a resume and head back out into the world of job-searching. For many people, this can be difficult because they have been in their current position and out-of-the-loop for a long time. Practice your interview skills with someone you trust. Invest in some new clothes, get a haircut, and make your presentation as professional as possible. Most importantly, convey your eagerness and marketable skills.
A recent survey in the United States revealed that a staggering 75% of workers are unhappy in their job. If you fall into that statistic, then don’t be afraid to create a new professional life for yourself. Yes, it may involve updating your skills, starting further down the corporate ladder and even taking a pay cut. However, the trade-off is that you will be doing something that is meaningful to you. If you view your work week as forty hours of slow torture, then peruse career opportunities that will make you happy. Inevitably, it will improve your overall quality of life.