Top 5 – How to Get Ready for a Career Change

HP_Mentoring.jpgAs you start settling into 2013 with ideas about how you want the year to take shape you can have a niggling itch and  start wondering about a career change.

Career change is a normal and healthy part to happen along our career paths and one that should be given due consideration whenever it arises.  Career change  doesn’t mean you are going all out and you need to quit your job, up root your family and move to the other side of the world and make huts (maybe you will that’s ok too!).  Really a career change or transition is about taking stock of where your career currently is and making adjustments based on judgement calls.

When you are considering a career change look at the future of your career path and decide if it’s a fulfilling, life enriching and empowering path to be on or whether you realise that you have taken a wrong turn and now wish to forge ahead on the path you feel you are meant to be on.

Whilst it can seem like a daunting task help is at hand.  We have put together our Top 5 on How to Get Ready for a Career Change and while your with us if you haven’t ‘liked’ us on Facebook now please do so as each week we post our extra ‘Top Tip’ and this weeks will be on what you need to do as a manager when a team member approaches you to discuss a career change, it’s not the time to go weak at the knees!

1. Brainstorm
When you are considering a career change ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why do I want to make a change?
  • What do I want to make a change to?
  • Why do I want to make the change?
  • What makes me happy and fulfilled?
  • When can I make the change?
  • Who can help me stay on track?

Write you answers down and don’t judge yourself.  Come back and review them a few days later and edit them, add to them and refine them.

2. Brainstorm – Ideal Job
Melanie Allen of suggests once you have worked through what your motivations are for a career change consider  what your ideal role would be:

  • Less paperwork and admin
  • Working with different kinds of people, fewer people or in a team rather than on your own
  • More or less direction, micro-management or support
  • More outdoor work, more or less travelling
  • Working from home
  • Working more flexibly

You may be able to negotiate these changes within your role at present. Your boss or manager may be able to help you with your problem, but you could make it easier for both of you if you already have some realistic and practical ideas. If you have an idea, write it down and approach your boss with it. Don’t forget to include any benefits for your manager or the institution/organisation.”

3. Do your Research and Set Goals
Take the time to talk with industry experts, mentors, people who have made similar career transitions.  Some career changes will require study, not only will you need to research where and how to study but also whether part-time courses are available.  You will need to consider your financial position and commitments too.  Setting goals will help you keep focused and stay on track.

4. Put a Plan in Place
Now that you understand your motivations for a career change it is time to put a plan in place.  Information from the mycareer website suggests; ‘Solid preparation makes a successful career change more likely. To this end, consider polishing your resume and interview skills. This can be done in workshops where presentations, role plays, case studies and written quizzes will get you up to speed. Or, if you don’t have time to fit a class into your busy schedule, look out for helpful books or articles.’

5. Consider What Skills you Need for the Career Change
When you embark on this process It’s common to come up with a number of potential new careers before settling on the one that’s right for you, your skills, your interests, and your personality. If you’re having trouble coming up with career alternatives or choosing which career alternative, then consider psychometric assessments for greater inspiration. Happening People have a number of psychometric assessments that can assist.  For further information contact them.

Career Change is a normal part of any career path, Happening People have supported organisations and their staff as they are lead through change.  For more information contact Happening People on 1800 68 67 69 or visit our website


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