Is it time for a change? Even if you are comfortable in your job, you might be ready for your next adventure. Making a career change can be tricky; you don’t want to have any regrets. Here are some tips that will help you find a career that inspires you:
Start small. When making a career change, it is easier to take it one step at a time. If there is an industry or occupation that intrigues you, start volunteering or working on a part time basis. This will allow you to see if it’s a good fit for your skills and if it’s something that you enjoy. Also, as you make connections and build relationships in your industry, job opportunities may become available to you.
Do research. You have to do your research. You need to make sure that the jobs that you are targeting are actually in demand. Even if you are the perfect candidate, it will be difficult for you to find a position if there are not a lot of jobs available. Do searches for your target job and see how many positions are open in your region. Also, check out Ontario Job Futures to research the labour market outlook for any job or industry.
Know what’s important to you. When you are choosing a career, it is important that you consider the impact that it will have on your life. If work-life balance is a priority for you, find a job that won’t require you to put in a lot of extra hours. If you hate commuting, find a job that’s nearby. Sometimes in the excitement of the job search process, job seekers make sacrifices that they later regret.
Be open minded. If you don’t know what you want to do, then this is actually a very exciting time for you. While it’s true that finding a job is a lot more difficult when you’re not focused, if you approach it in a positive way, it can open you up to a lot of new opportunities. Try to set aside your opinions about different occupations and to look at them with fresh eyes. You may find that a job opportunity that that was right in front of you all along may actually be a perfect fit for your skills and values.
Talk to people. The people you know are always your best source of job opportunities. This is particularly true when you don’t know what you want. Talk to your friends and family about your career plan and ask them for their feedback. They may be aware of a great option that you haven’t even considered.
Making a career change is both an exciting and a scary time in your life. The key to making a good decision lies in finding a balance between careful preparation and taking a leap of faith. Good luck!
(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of Master isolated images at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)