When your career no longer fulfills you, it is time to make a change. Perhaps you are not fully using your talents. Maybe the work no longer is challenging. In any case, you need to find a career that fits your abilities, needs, and interests. You should feel enthusiastic and engaged when you start on your new path.
Follow these steps to begin your career change today.
Determine What Is Not Working
Figure out exactly what is not working in your current career. Perhaps you do not get along with your coworkers or your boss. Or, maybe you do not blend with company culture. Knowing what your problem areas are helps you avoid them in the future.
Consider Why You Started Your Career
Think about what attracted you to your current professional path. It may have been your motivations, the day-to-day responsibilities, or prospect of career growth. Then, come up with the parts of your career you still enjoy and why. Perhaps they involve creativity, strategic thinking, number crunching, or constant change. Keep these ideas in mind when finding your next professional path.
Include Your Core Values
Consider which values are most important to you. This makes a difference in the type of company culture that best fits your personality. Include what makes you feel passionate and alive. For instance, if you value autonomy, community, and innovation, you likely will not be happy working in an environment that maintains the status quo. Clarifying your priorities helps you know what to look for in a work culture.
Assess Your Skills and Strengths
Consider what you would do if time, money, and location were not an issue. Take into account your transferrable skills, related experience, and network connections to help with your transition. Include whether you would need to fill skill gaps or gain experience for your new role. Webinars, online courses, or volunteer work may help with this.
Develop and Implement Your Plan
Use the information you gathered to write down your goals. Include your short-term objectives, milestones, and reasonable timelines. Then, focus on the members of your network who can help you implement your plan. For instance, set up informational interviews to learn more about specific roles and career paths. Also, ask whether your connections can introduce you to hiring managers in your field. Additionally, begin applying for positions where you meet at least half the qualifications. Be sure to explain in each cover letter your reasons for a career change and how your transferrable skills can provide value for the organization.
Work with a Recruiter
Partner with a recruiter from Corps Team to help with your career change. See which jobs interest you today.