If you want to find a new career and a job that’s right for you, you need to be aware of your strengths and talents. What would you actually be good at doing? Here are some tips for your career change and to help you move forwards:
- Find a good career guide who you can work with to find out more about your strengths and how to harness them. Get them to ask you pertinent questions and listen to the answers, before giving you constructive feedback
- Discover what’s available in terms of options for you given what you are good at. Do some research and be as creative as you can be about your options. Relate them to your natural abilities and interests as well as experience.
- Think about your options from other viewpoints. Talk to people who know you, be realistic and be open to thinking from other perspectives. Ask others about their jobs and what skills they use and rely on in their careers. See what you can align with your talents and skills and where they could take you in your career change.
- Examine the numbers. Know how much you need to earn. Be realistic about how much money you require and then align the figure with your skills, as well as the opportunities that are out there. In order for your career change to work you will need to make sure you are comfortable on the salary of your prospective new role and new career path so make sure you get to grips with what you can expect and the best option for you.
- Take the time and space to think. Think about yourself, about what you want, about what is important to you and about what success looks like for you in this career change. Think about the impact of your career change on all aspects of your world. Use your thinking to get yourself clearer and more focused before taking any action. Then when you are ready - take action. No action equals no results, no matter how much thought you’ve put into something - so make sure that you implement your plans so that you move closer towards that career change with real energy.
- Connect with your network and identify who may be able to assist you. Check out these 135 Networking Career Tips for networking advice. Remember, your network is similar to a beautiful garden; it is crucial that it is cared for, tended to and ultimately, looked after. Conversely, an overgrown garden is no good to anyone, so remember that it’s not about growing your network to the point where you don’t really know anyone in it
- Identify your personal action plan and targeting strategy - then go ahead and just do it! Be active! Planning can be crucial for a successful career change so take a look at our 100 Essential Career Changes Tips or 85 Mid Life Career Change Tips eBooks to get you started.
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