Changing careers can be scary. Especially when you’re the only breadwinner in your home. What if you don’t like the new position? What are your options? Should you play it safe and stay in the same job? Can you learn the new position quickly? Do you have the hours to put into the job in the first three years to prove yourself?
John was moving out of one home with his family and off to a new neighborhood. He had been with the same company for six years, but his new home was almost double the distance from his job as the old home.
He was torn between starting with a new company closer to the new house, or toughing out the new 40 minute, one-way commute twice a day. Eventually he decided to stay with the old company as he and the family were learning the new neighborhood and home.
His reasoning was that each company he had worked for before looked hard at your performance in the first three years. After three years, as long as he did the job well and didn’t goof off, he was golden.
With the new home and move, he didn’t have the extra hours to put into work to prove himself.
Do you have the time in your life now to change careers, learn new skills and prove yourself to a new boss? Or maybe you feel it’s time to make a career change in your life. Maybe it’s time to spread your wings and try something new.
- Feel God is leading you make a change in your life
- Are chronically tired and exhausted when you get home from work
- Don’t feel motivated and charged by tackling projects at work
- Think you can handle greater responsibilities or bigger projects
- Feel your salary doesn’t make up for the frustration and boredom on the job
- Believe your talents should be used in another – or more creative – way
Then, maybe it’s time for a change, whether you THINK you have the time to put into developing a new job or not. If you’ve been exhausted and frustrated by the work you’re doing, then a new job may leave you recharged and motivated to work beyond what you’re doing now, and still leave you feeling ready for more.
Whether changing your job or making a shift in your career, you will need a bit of focus, research and fortitude. You won’t get immediate “yes’s” to your applications, not all interviews will go well and you may find after hours of research, that you are exactly where you want to be for the time being.
Take an assessment of your likes and dislikes. There are several tests you can take online that will help you determine your strengths and weaknesses and match those with potential jobs or careers. You can’t know where you’re going without first doing some introspection to determine not only where you WANT to go, but also where you will FIT best.
Research! Once you have focused on a path you may want to explore, spend time talking to people who are doing the job, find out how much you may have to learn and more about the nitty gritty of the job and not what you imagine it may entail. For instance, you may romanticize the idea of being in law enforcement, but a future of filling out forms, getting involved in domestic disputes and riding for countless hours in a squad car may not be the reality you envisioned.
Training and education needed. Determine any training, education or certification needed to get and keep this new job. Does this fit in your budget? Can you do it while keeping your old job? Will the new job pay for it, or reimburse you?
Network, network and the network. Do this both online and offline. Linked In, Facebook, and even Instagram can be used to network with people who hold the jobs you want and who may be able to help or point you in the right direction.
Would experience look good on your resume? If you don’t have experience in this new job move, you can always volunteer to acquire the skills and time with the professionals. You may cringe at working for nothing, but in fact you would be the one gaining everything. Your volunteer position is an excellent way to get a quick, free education, network with people in the field, get feedback on your skills and get a good recommendation for your job applications.
Determine to be flexible. From your salary to your location, you may have to make compromises to get the job you want, doing the thing you want. Determine what is negotiable and what isn’t before you start putting your resume out and taking interviews. New employers are more impressed with people who already know what they will and won’t negotiate and may even make significant changes to get you on their team.
If you are willing to learn and have a great rapport with the people doing the interviewing you very well may get the job. Your new boss is building a team of people who do their job well and develop the company into the best it can be.
Can you be that person?