If you feel as though your 8-5 job is taking you towards a dead-end, you might do well to consider starting a new career. Very few of us are fortunate enough to already have a career that gives a sense of meaning on top of a handsome paycheck and a comfortable work environment. However, for most of us, we may be stuck in a dead-end job that slowly robs our motivation and soul. If you feel this applies to you strongly, then there really is no point in tormenting yourself and staying where you are.
The next step after recognizing that you’re not the happiest or the most inspired with your work is to prepare yourself for a career change. This means you will need to look into your interests, experiences, needs, and potential career options. Once you have taken into account these things, the process of searching for a new career becomes a breeze.
What you need to take into account when starting a new career
Once the above-mentioned factors (interests, experiences, needs, and career options) are acknowledged and evaluated, you can expect your career change to have an easy and trouble-free progression. It cannot be any closer to the truth when we say that the more you are taking into account these factors, the more ammunition you have in your aspiration for a new career. We will tackle each factor in detail so you can better understand these ammunitions.
1. Why are you interested in a new career?
The question of why you want to start a new career is the biggest question you need to ask yourself and answer. In the process of starting a new career, it is very important that you are clear with yourself and with what you want. You would do well by listing down reasons why you want to leave your old job for a new career. Some of these reasons include gaining a healthier work environment, finding more purpose, and pursuing your passions and interests. When listing down your reasons, make sure to include even the smallest of your motivations.
2. Assess your experiences and credentials
Employers will greatly consider the degree you hold along with your professional experience when you are applying for a job. As such, you will need to establish how your credentials hold water to your desired career. Furthermore, depending on the position you are striving for, you may need to obtain additional certificates or degrees to strengthen your likeliness of getting accepted. You will greatly benefit by assessing the requirements your desired career entails.
3. Consider how you will finance yourself
If you quit your job immediately without having a plan on how you will finance your unemployed self, chances are you will find yourself in the red. To avoid this, before starting on your quest for a new career, plan out how you will proceed financially. Ask yourself if you have saved up enough money to search for a job full time or if you will need to do this while keeping your current job. It would be very beneficial if you have savings that can last you to at least half a year. This is because we’re never sure about the job market. Additionally, knowing when exactly you will find your new job is almost impossible.
4. How will your new career affect your lifestyle?
A shift towards a new career will definitely bring some changes to your current routine and lifestyle. One of the biggest things that will be affected is your schedule. Specifically, your commuting and work hours will have to be adjusted. Therefore, before venturing onto a new career, you will need to assess first the changes it will bring to your lifestyle and whether this is an improvement or a regression for you.
Reasons why you should be starting a new career
Depending on your situation, there can be a plethora of benefits to starting a new career. While we acknowledge everyone’s unique experiences and backgrounds, there are a few general advantages in starting a new career.
Reviving your sense of purpose
Shifting to a new branch or a new field altogether can revive the flame inside you and give you a new sense of purpose. If you have been crunching numbers for a multinational corporation for most of your life, you may feel your soul being sucked slowly the more you type in those numbers. If you see yourself in this example and want to prevent it, it would be helpful for you to look into what you want your sense of purpose to be. At the end of it all, it is never too late to revive the flame inside you.
More room to grow
New careers bring with them new challenges that can be taken as a learning opportunity for us. Having a new career can give us the space to expand our knowledge of the things around us. A new work environment may have different methods, procedures, attitudes, and cultures that we may not have been exposed to. Furthermore, being exposed to unknown waters lets us grow as people and be able to dive down to newer depths.
A more handsome paycheck
Who doesn’t want higher pay? With starting a new career comes the potential benefit of having a generous salary. One thing you should remember is that you can use your professional experience to negotiate for a better salary in your new career.
Healthier workplace environment
In the search towards a new career, you can encounter one that offers you a healthier, more relaxed, and more productive environment. All work comes with their dose of stress. However, a healthy work environment can give you the proper tools to cope and manage your stressors.
Expanding your network
A new career lets you expand your network of professionals. With new people, you can expect to get a fresh start. Furthermore, some of your new colleagues can become great friends whom you can turn to when needed.
Starting a new career
Now that you understand what needs to be taken into account when starting a new career as well as the benefits included in doing so, you might be wondering how to actually do it. In this section, we will discuss the steps you need to take to get you started on your new career.
1. Get to know your interests
As mentioned in the beginning, it is very important to assess yourself and your interests first. Focus on your interests as well as the hobbies that you enjoy. You can start by making a general list and then move forward by narrowing it down and giving more focus.
2. Consider your experiences
Once you have made your list of interests, the next step is to make a list of your professional experiences as well as your certificates and background. Your list should be able to highlight your previous job titles, diplomas, and credentials.
3. Juxtapose your list of interests and experiences with possible job options
After finishing both your list of interests and experiences, compare them with available career options that encompass what you have on your list. You can then create another list of possible job options which you find fits you well.
4. Narrow down your job options
You might get too excited and gung ho over the many possible career options for you. But you have to remember that you need to pick the perfect one. Scrutinize your list of possible job options and narrow it down to three or four options.
5. Research, research, and more research
With your new list of three or four possible career options, do thorough research. What you need to look at are things such as average salary, job specifications, and educational and work experience needed.
6. Apply for openings
Now that you’re familiar with what your possible job entails, you can begin to send emails to employers. Signing up to multiple job portals online can help you expand your search and reach. However, remember to make your CV and cover letter unique each time you are applying. This is because a dull and run-of-the-mill application does not go a long way.
Now that you understand the factors involved, the benefits, as well as the steps needed to start a new career, you have a clearer picture of what starting a new career can mean for you.