Have you been at a job for a long time and you feel that it is time for a change? Are you stuck in a job that is not for you, but you have no idea where to start? How do you know when to change careers? Forbes gives 5 ways:
– You are chronically worn out and exhausted.
– Your skills, responsibilities, and tasks are not you at all.
– You’ve come to the point where your salary no longer makes up for the boredom and emptiness you feel.
– Despite all the “right” choices you made in your career, the outcome feels very wrong.
– You have the irrepressible feeling that your talents and abilities could/should be used in a totally different (more creative and impactful) way.
These feelings don’t have to be permanent. Changing careers is something that requires focus and patience. The following tips could help:
– Do it at the right time. Not only does changing careers require focus and patience, it is also stressful. You don’t want to do it when your life is chaotic. Your professional life will be in chaos, money is uncertain, so try and make sure that other parts of your life are stable. Make sure you have a strong network of family and friends to keep you secure.
– Take tests to find out your hidden talents, and then look for jobs that fit them. Some tests are the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and the Campbell Interest & Skill Survey. These cost money, so we found a free personality test here and here.
– Write down short-term and long-term goals. These will help you decide on the steps you need to take to accomplish them.
– Network. Connecting with people who are in the field you are interested in helps you to show the whole you, something your CV/resume cannot do.
– Rewrite your CV/resume so that it highlights your skills and experiences relevant to your new line of work.
Remember, this is about your life. It is about how you feel in the morning: are you excited to get up and begin your day? It is about making a difference. Are you making a difference where you are?