Career or Job?
Do you want to grow in your career? Or are you content with just a job for the rest of your life?Did you know that many adults have thought of changing their careers? A recent survey done by the University of Phoenix revealed that 59% of working adults, and almost three-fourths (73%) of professionals in their 30s are interested in changing careers. The biggest obstacle holding them back is the uncertainty of what path they want to take.
Finding your “dream job” can be a challenge, but the rewards can be great. It may seem overwhelming to decide on the perfect vocation. The prospect of choosing incorrectly and ending up unhappy or unsatisfied for the entirety of your career may be daunting, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from making a change. Here are a few tips to steer you in the right direction.
MAKE A LIST
This may seem obvious, but you can start by writing out a list of what you are looking for. Write down occupations that interest you. Is there a particular field that strikes your curiosity? What sort of working environment do you see yourself in? What educational requirements are there and are there opportunities for advancement as well as a higher earning potential? Then you can start to pare down the list by looking at the actual job descriptions and determining how much time and effort you are willing to put into making the move to a new career.
DO SOME HANDS ON RESEARCH
It might be a good idea to set up a couple of job shadowing opportunities with professionals in the field you are looking into. You can also volunteer or do freelance work to help you decide if it’s a good fit. For example, if your interest is in becoming a veterinarian, you can volunteer at a local shelter. Taking a class that would help with the career switch is another way to gain knowledge for a new profession. Any one of these suggestions will give you a feel for what the job would entail before you make a final decision.
Once you have chosen your new career path, you want to build up a network within it. Making connections with professionals may help your chances of getting an interview or being hired when the time comes. Mike Abramson told Business News Daily, "You must get to know the passionate, successful people working in the inner circle of your new field of interest. Gather as much knowledge and advice as you can to prepare yourself for the career pivot – this may also include finding a mentor." Networking gives you the opportunity to glean information about your field of interest and the company you’re thinking of applying to.
These a just a couple of tools to set you on your way to career fulfillment. It’s now up to you to find your “dream job”. Always remember, you are in control of where you land.If you land somewhere and decide it’s not the right place, don’t just give up and stay there for the rest of your life – that’s just a job.Pick yourself up and try again, you will eventually find your niche – a career that you love.Need a little more help in taking the next step? Contact us today. If we are not able to fulfill all of your HR needs, we will put you in touch with a professional who can.