Career Change: Many people have questions about the prospects they could expect for changing careers, and the difficulty of the change process itself. The first term which strikes the mind is “career”… how will I go about it, and what does it take to change? The term career is defined as an occupation or profession with attendant responsibilities, tasks, and generally, significant earnings.
By the transition from school, college, university, and vocation to a career, one now has to make a transition from the academic in life and work, to the financial, sometimes even to the social aspects of bringing in a paycheck. Naturally, there is the transition from having one’s own taskmaster and employer, to having one’s own boss and employer.
There are many barriers to be dealt with by most careerists. And even more difficult, if the transition is not from one employer, boss, or boss’s boss… the musician becomes the teacher, the dentist as a dentist, and so forth and so on. So a career change is no longer made from ” teacher as a dentist.” Another thing to consider is the control one has on his or her choice over changing career.
The answer to each of these, and many more questions and challenges are “career management systems”. There are many ways to deal with and manage a career. There are several loyalty surveys and reading on the Internet… Who two people do you think can be the right person to give you advice about your current career as a clown or vet?
There is a lot to handle when changing career and all of these aspects need to be handled. So when you start to consider, you may have to get off your current idea of yourself, you need to accept that it will be different from your old ideas and more mature strategies. Re-training or education and the obtaining of certain qualifications will assist one with the decision.
Many people change careers but have no idea about the responsibilities of a career change and that of acceptance. Remember it well, “Why would anyone care?”… “I like working with animals”, and “my kids want to be programmers in heart surgery.”
In addition to evolving with the times in the bigger picture, there are often personal requirements as well. “The right attitude with a wide range of interests.” That is the easier question for me to answer as a career counsellor. With this attitude, and firmness and belief that one isn’t to blame as is necessary as part of the process of change.
There are so many facets of a career… be it in school, outside of school, or now maybe in social work. When recruiting for new ideas or technological details, my answer will always be “think before you leap” and ” Ralph Pole defence engineering.”
Now, we look at the difficulty and challenge of accepting and making a career change.
1.- Persistence. This should be the backbone for the complete 20th century. There will be many new careers and ideas. It is quite normal to not know where any particular career is going in this time of uncertainty.
2.- Action. This is an essential part of overcoming the intangible being learned from one’s original education.
3.- Commitment. This is about coming to a decision about a career change.
4.- Methods. Going in a new direction?
5.- “The self” aspect. This is a “head” thing that will home in on the mental self, as it is more about emotions and core values.
6.- Socialization. “Peters Factor”, i.e., when you have “people” involved in the change you will be able to accept the thoughts and feelings of the others.
7.- PostScript. This is the final goal and will most likely be the single most important component in the success or failure of the process. The way that the change is communicated and discussed will show that one is committed, has done the thinking and has provided his or her best advantage for a change.
The next few years will be very exciting. There will be more information, more skills, and more opportunity to change careers. It’s a change for good. And good wishes as you pursue and reach your new career!
Changing careers can be a very intimidating process. There are many steps to take when considering whether or not it is the right choice for you, and even more so if you need to go back to school in order to do so. Here are twelve of the most important things that you should consider before making your decision: – Ask yourself what kind of career change would make me happy?
– Know why I want this new job/career path?
– What skills will I need? How much training will I require? Will any further education be necessary? If yes, where might I get my additional educational requirements from (in house courses, online courses)? Who knows someone who could teach me these on the job or informally?
– Where would I find a job?
– What will it be like to make this change and return back to work after such a long break from the workforce? How might my relationships and social life be affected by making this choice? Can I handle that kind of pressure/stress right now, or do I want more stability in terms of income before taking on these challenges?
– Who is going to support me during this process (family, friends)?
– What am I willing to sacrifice if things don’t go as planned (financial security/stability, time with family)? – Am I financially ready for this decision? Do not let yourself get caught up in wanting something so badly are blinded by your own ambition.
– What are my long term goals?
– How might this change affect the life I have built for myself (relationships, family)? – Does it matter if things go wrong? Will you be able to handle it mentally and emotionally knowing that you gave it your all regardless of the outcome? Do not let yourself get caught up in wanting something so badly are blinded by your own ambition. – Ask yourself if this is something you can see yourself doing long term and be happy with the decision.
– What kind of company would provide me with a new career path? Do I want to work for a small, medium or large sized business? How much control over my future do I have working in these different environments? – Know what type of job culture will suit your personality (start up environment vs. corporate office)? Which one appeals more to you at this point in time/in life? Is there room for advancement within the organization that interests me? Will it require hard work on my part to get promoted through the ranks if yes, how many years might it take before seeing any positive changes towards achieving that goal (months /years)?
– What are the potential challenges to this new career path? – How might I be affected by these if they happen (emotionally, financially)?
– When will I know it is time to move on from my old job/career and begin pursuing a life changing opportunity that has presented itself? For your benefit you should not allow yourself to get caught up in wanting something so badly are blinded by your own ambition. It is important that you give yourself enough room for self reflection before making any decision which could affect many people around you. Do not make hasty decisions based off of emotions or pressure coming from others around you as it can lead down a dark road filled with heartache, regret and misdirection. If anything do not let yourself get caught up in wanting something so badly are blinded by your own ambition.
– What am I willing to sacrifice if things don’t go as planned?
– How much control over my future do I have working in these different environments? – Know what type of job culture will suit your personality (start up environment vs. corporate office)? Which one appeals more to you at this point in time/in life? Is there room for advancement within the organization that interests me? Will it require hard work on my part to get promoted through the ranks if yes, how many years might it take before seeing any positive changes towards achieving that goal (months /years)? Do not make hasty decisions based on emotions or pressure coming from others around you.