Interested in wanting a career change it is very important to take some time to assess yourself with your current situation so that you can explore other career options and choosing a career that will satisfy you for a long time.
- Evaluate your current job satisfaction
Have a journal of your daily reactions to your current job state and look for recurring themes. Write a list of aspects of your current job and list down what do you like and dislike about your job? After that jog them all down and ask yourself is any of your dissatisfaction connected to the content of your work, your company culture or the people with whom you work for?
- Assess your interests, values and skills through self-help resources like the exercise in what color is your parachute.
Take a look at past successful roles, volunteer work, projects and jobs identify chosen activities and skills. Also determine whether or not your core values and skills are spoken through your current career.
- Brainstorm ideas for career alternatives
By also looking at your core values and skills with family and friends looking at networking contacts, and counselors. Also go to career libraries they are always helpful and also look at online resources like those ones that are found in the career advice section of the job search website.
- Conduct a preliminary comparative evaluation
Several fields to identify a few targets for in depth research.
- Read as much as you can
Try and read as much as you on those fields and also reach out to personal contacts in those areas for further more informational interviews.
- Shadow Professionals
In fields of primary interests you have to witness it in first hand spend a couple of few hours to a few days by investigating people who have the jobs that interest you.
- Identify volunteer and freelance activities
Connect to your target field of interest test your interest for example if you are thinking of having a publishing career try to edit the PTA newsletter. If you have always had an interest in working with animals, why don’t try to go and volunteer at your local shelter.
- Investigate educational opportunities
Investigate on educational opportunities that will link your background on your new field. Reflect by taking an evening course at a local college. Also try to spend some time one day or go to the weekend seminars. Likewise try to contact professional groups in your target field for suggestions.
- Look for ways to develop new skills
Look for new ways to develop on getting new skills in your current job this will cover the way for a change for example. Write a grand proposal if by any change grand writing is required in your new field. Nevertheless if your company offers in-house training, sign up for as many classes as possible as you can.