7 STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGE
1. Are you really unhappy with your work, or just upset with your salary, boss, coworkers, or the office environment? There's a difference between hating your job and hating your work. 2. What do you love doing more than anything else? List your top three favorite activities. Try to be a bit realistic here and choose activities that you might be able to earn a living with. 3. Evaluate your strengths. What are you good at? Consider more than just your technical skills. For example, do your prefer leading or following; analyzing or simplifying; working alone or with a group? 4. Do research. What career fields would allow you to use your passions and strengths to earn a living? Here are some great online resources that offer tools to help you do a self-assessment and find careers that match your interests and skills: AnalyzeMyCareer.com, MyLifeCoach.com, FutureProofYourCareer.com and JVIS.com 5. Consider alternatives to jobs. Some people go into business for themselves when they become fed up with their jobs. If you think simply switching careers isn't enough, look into that alternative and others, such as... writing children's books, painting and selling pictures, doing consulting work... the sky's the limit! 6. Create a plan. Once you know where you want to go, figure out what steps you must take to get there. Determine exactly what you need to do, how much time it will take, and what it will cost. It's probably best not to leave your current job until you're ready and able to start earning money with your new job/venture. 7. Get help. You'll be amazed at how helpful people will be when you tell them your plans. Talk with family, friends, professional associates, etc; participate in topic-related online forums; NETWORK as much as possible!