How do you change career?
If you wonder how to change career, look no further. I will share how I changed my career with a series of decisions. I had to make difficult choices, choosing between my passion and profession. At the end of the day, I achieved both.
Read more about my life-changing story in my personal book, "Wise Decisions."
Alright, let's get back to our topic.
Choosing a lifetime career may be a daunting task, but it can also be a rewarding experience that leads to personal and professional growth. In this article, we will explore the steps you can take to successfully change careers.
Here are my steps.
Step 1. Assess your current situation.
The first step is not the hardest but the trickiest part of changing careers. You will learn more about it on this page: "Career Change Considerations and Strategies."
Why is it the trickiest?
You know it. By the time you decide to change careers, you will be faced with different options. You will be weighing the advantages and disadvantages of your decisions. But in the end, you will still have to decide for your own good.
So, in assessing your situation, you have to ask yourself the following questions:
- What are my strengths and weaknesses?
- What are my interests and passions?
- What skills do I have that are transferable to a new career?
- What do I want to achieve in my new career?
- Will this affect my current salary?
- How do I change career paths with no experience?
These are some questions that hover in your mind right now. After answering these questions, you can start scouting your desired career. You can take career assessments or work with a career guidance counselor in your area to help you.
Read the career decision-making worksheet and download it for free.
Step 2: Create and reach out to your network.
No matter how skilled you are, if you have no mentor and no professional support, you will never get the job. In deciding your new career and after assessing your abilities, don't forget to reach out.
Reach out to your circle of friends. Ask for recommendations. This is the purpose of referrals on your resume.
Participate in conferences, trade shows, and training sessions. During the training, you will meet like-minded people and start networking with them. Give them your business card. Be passionate about your goal. Show them what you've got by actively participating in the training. It's not enough to sit in the room waiting for your coffee. It's time to mingle and create your network.
Mind you, this is how I changed my career. It just works like a charm.
Step 3: Be ready to upskill at any time.
Let's face it. When you apply for your desired job, you might lack the necessary skills for it. Right now, you are only at the beginner stage.
This is why, even if you are in your chosen field, you still need to upskill and upgrade yourself.
Be open to change and adapt to new knowledge.
It is said that you have to unlearn to relearn to learn.
Step 4: Create a Killer Resume.
This is one ingredient for changing career paths. Often, hiring managers look at credentials and skills.
Now, you might ask, how can I change career without experience?
This is a common problem among fresh graduates and those in the early stages of their profession.
Without enough experience, you have nothing to showcase on your resume. That's why you need to take seminars, webinars, and obtain certifications. Above all, you need a good portfolio with projects from your internships
Practice what you learn. For example, if you are changing careers from a non-IT field to IT, there are preparations you need to make.
Step 5: Join competitions.
Build up your resume by participating in competitions and hackathons. In 2022, I joined the Data Science competition, and by God's grace, I was able to secure second place. Watch my competition entry here as a data scientist.
By the way, you might also ask how to change careers to data science.
Wait for more articles in the future about transitioning to other fields apart from your own.
So, I have joined many research competitions as I am working with the academia, and it helps me boost my resume.
Boosting your resume is an advantage. Like I said, you can join competitions to add to your portfolio.
Step 6: Prepare for interviews.
Be ready to answer sensitive questions during interviews. Some questions, for example, require careful thought when answering. For instance, why did you decide to change career paths? Of course, you have your reasons, but managers often seek specific answers from you.
That is why you need to answer this question too.
"How Do I Decide When to Change My Career?"
Deciding when to change your career can be a difficult decision. Here are some signs that it may be time for a change:
- You are no longer passionate about your current job.
- You feel unfulfilled or bored at work.
- You are experiencing burnout or stress.
- You are not using your skills and strengths to their full potential.
- You want to pursue a new challenge or opportunity.
If you are experiencing any of these signs, it may be time to start exploring new career options.
Step 7: Submit your plans to God.
To some people, it may seem strange, but submitting our plans to God is the most effective way to change careers. Whether you are in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, whether you are in IT or not, looking for a career change, submitting our plans to God is an essential part of our quest for a career change.
Read signs on how to change careers.
Congratulations on your new career. By this time, I know you are excited to jump into your new career. Here are some career quotes to inspire you even more in your endeavor. Don't forget to check this site regularly for new posts and articles on how to change careers.