You’ve decided you want to change careers. It’s a big step that can be scary, but very rewarding, too. Charting your course for your next career destination takes time, effort and dedication. Here are the first 6 of our top 12 tips:

  1. Know what you want. What does change look like? How would you define your ideal job? What are your likes/dislikes? What are your “must haves” in a new job?
  2. Conduct a personal inventory. Make a list of your strengths, skills, experience, leadership, roles, industries and work environments. Rate your level for each of these elements. Figure out how and if they play a role in your desired career.
  3. Identify transferable skills. What are the skills that employers want that will translate to any new job? Think about any competencies you have attained through work, hobbies, sports, or other life experiences.
  4. Pinpoint the gaps. Know what you need to do to get from point A to point B. What additional skills and experience do you need? Do you need more education or just a new skill? This will also help determine your timeline to a new career.
  5. Get a mentor. A mentor can help guide and motivate you to get to your desired career goals. Choose a mentor you respect and trust. You need someone who can lead you down the right path and hold you accountable along the way.
  6. Find learning opportunities. Take an online course. Sign up for school. Figure out what type of education you need to help position you as a great candidate for your newly chosen career.

Watch the CareerBrain blog, for Are You Ready for a Career Change – Part 2, where you’ll receive the second installment of tips for the career changer.

Jill Kempka

About Jill Kempka

Jill loves to share information about ways to keep up with the changing world of work. She focuses on quick tips, facts and helpful lists to give job seekers tactics and advice they can immediately use.