Good morning Dinks. Have you ever woke up dreading your job? You feel like you hate going to that place every day. You’re looking for a way out, but you don’t know what to do. You’ve been with that company for a while and you feel stuck. Many people feel that way about jobs that they have. I want you to realize that you don’t have to stay there forever. You still have options. Changing your career may not be the easiest thing to do, but it can be done. Below are a few things that you can do to help you get the process started.
Discover what you actually like
What interests you? What do you see yourself doing every day? What do you want to do? Those are some questions that you need to ask yourself when you’re thinking about making that career change. You can’t change your career without knowing what you really like. It’s good to take some time and figure it out.
Try doing it on the side first
Before you transition fully you should try doing your future career on the side at first if that’s possible. An example would be if you wanted to start freelancing, you could do it on the Weekends to see if you actually like it. If you do like it you could eventually transition into doing it full time.
Go back to school
The third thing you can do is go back to school. These days schools offer night, weekend and online classes. What’s stopping you from attending any of those? There should be some type of financial aid options out there for you. Also, check with your current company to see if they offer tuition reimbursement. Tuition reimbursement is when your company pays some if not all of your tuition in school while you work with them. You may have to stay with that company for a certain amount of time, but it is something you can consider.
The next thing that you should do is to network with people in the field that you’re trying to get into. Networking is one of the easiest ways to get a job in a new field. People will help someone they know before they help a stranger a lot of times. If you don’t know anyone if that field, check the website LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a site that allows you to connect with thousands of professionals around the world.
Save money and take the leap
The final thing that you can do is to save money and take the leap of faith. You want to save between 6-12 months of income before you make that leap. The money saved is your nest egg. You have that to fall on if your career change doesn’t work out once you make the leap. If it doesn’t work, the worst thing that could happen is that you may have to go back to your old career. If you have to do that you can try again until you find that or create your next career.
Have you made a career change after working somewhere for a long time? If so, how did it go?