Here are the additional vital things to consider before embarking on an exciting career change. Whilst once there was a time when people would get a job in a company and remain there for life, people nowadays often embark on two, three, or even more career changes in their lifetime. There are, however, some important things to think about before quitting your job and pursuing that dream of opening a cake decorating business (other careers are available). So here are some things to ponder over before that exciting career change
WE ARE FAMILY
It’s important to speak to your family before you leap, as you will need their support along the way. There will probably be moments where you think, “Have I done the right thing?” but it’s important to remember why you did it in the first place. Nothing worth doing is ever easy and sometimes it’s easier to meander through life in a state of perpetual dissatisfaction than it is to make the change.
It’s important to identify the skills you already have and the skills you will need. What skills do you have that you have developed in your current job? Many skills are transferable, so think about ways you can use the skills you already have in your dream job. Perhaps you have customer service experience or project management skills. Whatever they are, write them all down and think about everything you have to offer in this new career. Also, think about what it is YOU would like from a new job. What aspects of your current role do you love, and will you find that in your next role? Do you love working with people as part of a team, or do you prefer working independently? These are also important things to consider.
Networking is essential and nowadays it doesn’t just involve going to social gatherings, although these are important. It’s amazing how small the world is, and merely chatting to people you know online about your plans may land you the perfect volunteering or intern opportunity. So spread the word, guys!
Think about whether you’re ready for the journey ahead. Preparing yourself mentally will ensure you’re equipped with the tools needed to succeed. It’s an exciting journey ahead but not always an easy one. First and foremost, enjoy it and don’t be debilitated by fear. One of my favorite quotes is by George Burns, who said, “I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.” If there’s something you would love to do but haven’t quite found the courage, then the only person stopping you is yourself. Has anyone embarked on an exciting career change? What advice would you give to others thinking about changing their career?