If you come home from work exhausted, or you are bored with your job, or if you are wondering why you even chose that line of work, it is definitely time for a career change. Not an easy process, however, but worth going for, if you think your life would be better off that way. Make sure you are making the right future career choices while thinking about the following.
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Choosing The Next Step
Getting to know yourself is the best way to start. You could list all the things you do best and those you enjoy doing. This is the phase in which you think about the areas you are talented for. Remember all of the training you went through and experience you have. It is always good to know a little bit about different things.
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Having done all that, try to figure out what area of expertise your talents could be valuable in. Search the Internet, talk to your friends and family, maybe they will give you some suggestion as well. If you lack professional skills, upskilled.edu.au is the perfect web site for you, with hundreds of online courses. It is intended for people who wish to develop their professional skills.
The next step should be narrowing the list down to a few potential careers you can see yourself having. Try not to think about more than three or four careers, and feel free to change the list until you are absolutely certain which job is appropriate for you.
You should find out everything you can about the career you have chosen. Learn about job prospects, work-life balance, required skills and salary estimates. Search the Internet, read books about it; reference libraries are an excellent research source. It would be great if you could talk to someone who is already in the job you have chosen for yourself. They can tell you what the good and the bad sides of the job are, and whether you have what it takes to do it. Vocational schools and colleges in your area could also help you learn more about the job.
Research the companies in the line of work you would like to do. Learn about them, as well as the industry. Find out whether you have enough skills to handle the work, the required knowledge for the profession, and enough experience.
Another important thing to consider is the long-term work prospects in this career, and whether you are going to be happy with the new job or not. If the industry will expand and add jobs regularly, feel free to choose it and you will not regret it. There is really no way for you to know if the next job will make you happy or not, unless you take a chance and start working. Remember, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Try to be realistic about the job you want. Do not think only about the positive sides of it, because there are ups and downs in every profession. Be prepared for that as you consider what to do next in your life.
When all of the previous steps have been taken, it is time to prepare your resume, and begin the search. It might not be easy, but remember – no pain, no gain.