Odds are you’ll make a career transition at some point. Career change coach, Natasha Stanley even goes so far to say that this is the norm new. According to her, “The single career path or job-for-life certainly isn’t dead, but it’s becoming more and more likely that people will go through at least one career change in their lifetime.” Here are some tips for navigating a career transition as effectively and successfully as possible.
Check the Job Outlook
It’s not advisable to jump into a completely new career headfirst, without first doing some basic research. Ideally, you’ll know what the current job outlook is like, so you’ll know what to expect moving forward. One of the best sources for doing your research is the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It allows you to look at jobs across a variety of industries to see what the projected growth is like over the next decade, as well as other important information like the number of jobs, median pay, etc.
Create a Game Plan
This is a great way to keep yourself on the right track and increase your odds of fulfilling your end goals. More importantly, it provides you with a sense of accountability, which is critical during a significant professional/life change like this.
Simply figure out your end goal (in this case, landing a new job) and a timeline for what you need to accomplish to get there. Some examples might include:
- learning about the industry you’re interested in;
- researching companies;
- obtaining a new certification; and
- editing your resume and cover letter.
The old saying “expect the unexpected” definitely applies to making a career transition. And no matter how prepared you think you are, you never know when an unforeseen curveball will come your way. So you should be ready for them.
Here are some ways to provide yourself with a bit of “insurance,” in case things don’t go exactly as planned:
- save up some funds to float you through during lean times;
- have a backup plan in case your new career doesn’t work out; and
- be flexible and willing to explore other possibilities.
Making a career transition can come with a mix of emotions. It can be exciting yet also overwhelming and intimidating. You can simplify things and reduce your stress by properly planning and preparing. This way, you’ll be better able to handle whatever comes your way, and will hopefully end up with a fulfilling new career.
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