The first steps toward making a career change

05.16.2013


The first steps toward making a career change
The first steps toward making a career change

There are several reasons you may want to make a major career change, whether it's for more money, a better work/life balance, a different location or new management styles However, there are a few basics you should know to ensure the transition goes smoothly, College Recruiter reports. 

The publication notes that before you commit to leaving your current position for a job in a new field, there are a few factors to think over. The first is to assess the skills you'll need and the duties you'll have to perform in the new environment, and determine what kind of stress this could put you under. This also includes whether it's worth it to you to take a cut in salary to do something you're more passionate about.

It's also important to note how the new position will mix with the life you've already established. While it's easy to tailor your outside life to your job early on in your career, it can be difficult for these two factors to mesh after a career change. 

Smaller factors to consider include whether your new position will be a change in office culture. Try to determine if it will come with dress code changes, expectations of a different demeanor or other factors that would influence how you work in the office. 

However, above all, you should ask yourself if a career change will bring you more happiness.

"These are all very important things to consider, each with their own link as to why they are important," wrote Richard McMunn, a leading career specialist. "Certain aspects will only be applicable to certain individuals, but the number one key to any job is happiness."

According to The Wall Street Journal, making a large career shift is growing in popularity, which is prompting more people to consult with staffing companies to learn about all of their options, as well as the best ways to make the switch. 

The news source stated that the most successful career switchers are typically curious about several topics, and may be more inclined to take risks and accept critical feedback. 

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