The alarm clock rings loudly. Julie hits the snooze button…again. It’s Monday. Dragging herself from the bed, Julie immediately plans out the ‘to dos’ for the day. Thinking of her morning commute to work, Julie’s thoughts turn to the meetings and the annoying coworkers she will face today. Julie pushes on with her day hoping it will get better.
With the state our economy being the hot topic in national news, many people reject the idea of changing careers. If you live in Columbia, the economic conditions may not look promising. The thought of working in a career that is fulfilling seems like a myth. Like Julie, many people go through the same daily routine. They wonder: How much longer can I do this job? Then denial sets in. Finally, they push away the nagging sense that there are better opportunities available. Yet, the question remains: How do you know when you’re ready for a career change? Where do you start? Let’s look at this issue more closely.
Career change overview
When considering a career change, it is important to understand that the difference between changing jobs and changing careers is in the approach. Changing careers may require making a long term commitment. When done right, it is a worthwhile investment that can pay dividends.
Assess your current situation
- The first step is to write down your own likes and dislikes with your present situation. By doing this, you are acknowledging that a career change is needed.
- Secondly, be objective and completely honest with yourself.
Do your research
Before committing to a plan of action:
- Check out online career resources In South Carolina, the SC Job Link Web site is a great place to start. These sites provide information on occupational descriptions, educational requirements, and future job outlook.
- Go to your local library. Many libraries provide free access to databases that you can look through. Talk to your reference librarian. They can provide you with guidance on how to utilize these resources effectively.
Determine your path
After reviewing the information:
- Take a career interest assessment. This will give you a baseline of what types of work fits your skills and interests.
- Look to your network of family, friends, and professionals that work in that occupation. By interviewing someone who works in the career field, this will provide you with more insight into the demands of your desired occupation.
Make an informed decision
Remember, changing careers is a process. By taking these initial steps, you can make an informed decision on how you handle your career transition It is important to invest your time…wisely.
The next articles in this series will cover: determining your career path, setting your career goals, how to create a career plan, working with a career development professional and developing your network. Don’t miss out! Click on the “Subscribe” button above to receive e-mail alerts when new articles become available.