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Tips to guide you on your journey to Career Transition

Tips to guide you on your journey to Career Transition

Jul, 10th 18

At one point or the other, we go through the chaos of career indecision and feel as though we are traveling down the wrong path. This is a common scenario in almost every employee’s career.

Considering career transition is one sure way to combat the feelings of uncertainty that arise every now and then. Surprisingly, the term career transition holds a deeper meaning than we know; it isn’t just something that describes a change of career from one field to another for transitions could be of various kinds, here are a few

 

  • Transition to a higher position

 

  • Getting back to work after a break

 

  • Transition the demands relocation

 

  • Transitions over lay-off or dismissal

 

  • Retirement

 

Although some transitions could be difficult than others, an employee should always be prepared for situations like these. The career paths are no longer simple and linear in today’s fast growing world. It is imperative to keep a check on your skills and work towards enhancing them in order to keep up with the trends. Plus, several careers are at risk due to the technology trends and its involvement in various industries.

 

If you are currently experiencing or considering a career transition then here are a few ways you can make the most out of this opportunity,

Create a plan:

 

Considering you have recognized your ideal/dream job and you are ready to go towards it in full force, the first step would be to make a full-proof plan to work with. Relating your dream job to your current situation will keep you grounded yet excited. It is always good to have a plan before you decide to take an action.

 

Needs:

 

Believe it or not, many quit early on their path to career transition due to lack of clarity and unmet needs. Recognize your needs, both financial and personal. List out the things you expect from this new change and take the next step only when you are sure about your needs being met. Not being able to pay your monthly bills, having no personal space, stress and many such issues can be the reasons to quit. Reflect on them and find a solution.

 

Invest in a coach:

 

Reach out to a life coach or an executive coach and discuss your current and future needs, your expectations, and aspirations related to career. A coach will not just help you understand the situation better but will also provide you with a solution giving you a positive outlook on the changes you are willing to make.

 

Do your research:

 

If you have spent several years of your career in a field but wish to change paths, be sure to take into consideration the consequences of this action. Taking a well-calculated risk is the most important part of a career transition. Hence, do a thorough research on the pros and cons of the decision.

 

Recognize the opportunities:

 

We often restrict ourselves to a certain set of jobs because we are unknown to the changing trends that bring tons of opportunities. If you have decided to make a transition, learn to explore. If the field you choose to work with has opportunities, go for it but have a backup plan too. Just know that, in almost every field today, the opportunities are limitless for the one who chooses to explore them.

 

Identifying the skills:

 

This one can be a lifesaver when experiencing career transition —List out the skills you possess and then list out the skills you need to have. Be boastful while writing the first list and be enthusiastic while writing the second. It’s always good to understand yourself and have an idea of your capabilities before presenting yourself to the market.

 

Find the deal-breakers:

 

When you start applying for the jobs you want, take notice of the requirements and work on them. You don’t need to have all the skills listed in the job posting but there will always be some common requirements that can be deal-breakers. Target those skills.

 

Compromise:

 

Yes, compromise plays a vital role in getting that dream job. It comes in many forms, you may need to compromise on the shifts, salary, skills, position and even location. But look at the brighter side, these little compromises can get you to the very thing you’ve been craving for.

 

Use/expand your network:

 

The best way to land a job is to build a new network or strengthen the existing one. Word of mouth has always worked and you can rely on your trusted contacts to find/suggest you a job that fits well with your needs. Go out, expand your network and stay connected. You should know when it is time to accept help from others. Most people isolate themselves after quitting a job, which is wrong. One shouldn’t let their ego or pride get in between, it could ruin your career as you miss out on a lot of opportunities.

Hands-on experience:

 

If you have worked in the management field and wish to make a shift to the creative field, take a test. You needn’t make a big move, just a small one to understand your ability. Start a small sized business, create a website or take up a small project and work on it in your free time before you decide to quit your current job. This will introduce you to the perks and drawbacks of the career you are aiming for. Plus, this little experiment and its feedback can help you get an estimate of its financial stability.

 

Update your resume:

 

The age-old methods of getting a job no longer work in today’s world. Research the skills required and update your resume. Mind you, being fake won’t work either. Be authentic but don’t shy away from adding a few extra touches to your resume. Study the needs of recruiters and understand what they are looking for in a candidate, see if you have those qualities else plan on acquiring them by taking up a class or course.

 

No matter the kind of transition, always see your experience and knowledge as an advantage. If the transition is unwanted, avoid dwelling on it instead take this change in a positive manner and use the skills and the circumstances to benefit you. Lastly, be mindful of the change and be prepared for setbacks; you will encounter several roadblocks on your way to success.

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