So you’ve been slaving away in the same boring, dead-end job for years now when suddenly the realization hits you, “I’m in the wrong job.” It’s a staggering moment. Car and mortgage payments race through your mind as you struggle with the thought, “I need to be doing something that is fulfilling and makes me happy.” But is it too late to change careers?
In most cases, no, but before walking into your boss’s office and telling him where he can stick it, you need to decide on a few things. What is it that you really want to do? Will your new job be a sideline or your primary means of income? Do you need special training or a degree? Is your goal attainable? Can you reach it in a few years or less, or will it require a decade or more of training?
Research Job Requirements
While you’re answering those questions, you can use your current job as an anchor, or “financial springboard,” to help pave the way into that dream job. Then you can get down to the business of making your dream a reality. You may find that you will require additional college courses.
If college is necessary, think about taking a night class or maybe an online class through one of the many reputable, fully accredited, online colleges. This allows you to maintain your current job and benefits without taking too much of a financial hit. If financing is a concern, look into grants and scholarship programs.
Finding Time to Search For a New Job
How do you make time to take on the huge task of changing careers when you’ve got a household to run? Ask for help from your family and friends. See if someone else can run the kids to soccer practice while you study for tests. Don’t completely eliminate fun from your schedule, but do try to dedicate a solid hour or two per day to furthering the goal. Never lose sight of how important this move will be for you.
Make Potential Job Contacts
If you already have most of the skills required, try making some contacts in the field you’re interested in and ask them if they have any tips for breaking into your chosen career. Polish up your resume’ and schedule interviews with prospective employers. Let them know that you are interested in making a career change. Inform them that you already have valuable skill sets that might be applied to the current position. In some cases you may be able to take advantage of on-the-job training or company-sponsored classes.
Don’t Lose Sight of the Goal
With proper planning and effort, you can land the job you’ve always wanted. It may take some time and training, but think positively and never give up on your dreams. You have the power to shape your own future!
*copyright Beverly Hill; origianlly posted on Suite101.com