I would rather die of passion than of boredom. —Vincent van Gogh

You’ve thought about it, you’ve researched it, you’ve wanted to make a career change for years, or perhaps that change has been made for you? Has the company you’ve been at, decided to change location and you weren’t invited to make the transfer? Was it the company shut down and you’re now having to think about your next “career move”? Is it that YOU have changed since you started your job? You find that things you like doing are different? The places you like going aren’t the same, even the people you enjoy spending time with are different? So yes it’s totally possible the job that once rocked your boat is no longer rockin’ it. Is it that the industry you’re in has changed or has vanished? Whatever the circumstances, you’re ready for the next step on the proverbial “career road of life”. Here are just 5 steps to start movin’ on down the line:

1. Check out careers that match your interests.

There are a number of tests out there that can decipher if you’re more like a DOER, a THINKER, a CREATOR, a HELPER, a PERSUADER, or more of an ORGANIZER. You may know that about yourself already. You may be aware that you more prefer to work with your hands or that you like to solve problems. Do you know that you’re into having structure, or that you get pleasure from teaching? It could be you’re more of a leader, or that you’re detail oriented. There are several tests available in which you can invest, to further hone in on your strengths and priorities, these are a few of them: RIASEC, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and the 16 Personality Factors.

 

2. Research those specific careers.

Do you feel you have an idea about the career that interests you? In other words you feel you’ve found something where the wind is back in your sails? Then it’s time to research and see how those interests transfer and compare to online job descriptions, your “hard and soft skills”, salaries, and potential growth.

 

3. Figure out your special skills.

What do you do better than most other people? You’re not comfortable bragging? Don’t worry-this is the time to blow a bit of your own horn! Or is it you wouldn’t mind being an egotist, it’s just you don’t think there’s much to be egotistical about? To those who have difficulty assessing yourselves, try asking others that know you well for their thoughts about your special skills. It can also be constructive to look back at old work reviews or even old letters that friends have written to you…these things can nudge your memory as to your specialness. Think about what comes naturally to you. Is it helping friends? Planning events? Figuring out problems? What is easy to some, is NOT easy to others. Are you a good organizer? These are all great examples of “soft skills”. Perhaps it’s easier for you to think about your “hard skills”? Thinking about “hard skills” for some of us will begin to dig up some “soft skills”. Public speaking, degrees or certifications, speaking a foreign language, are a few top-notch “hard skills” examples. Are you remembering any of your “soft skills” now?

 

4. Develop the skills needed for your desired career.

You’ll want to begin building the skills you believe you’ll need for your dream career. Problem solving, adaptability, critical observation, may be a few of those things. Improving your written and verbal communication skills will always really enhance how you’re perceived, as well as your presentation skills.  Toastmasters is an excellent way to perfect your presentation skills. While you’re learning or improving “soft skills”, you’ll find out more about the career you’ve chosen and you’ll make additional connections. You will also discover if you need further “hard skills” that could require additional education or technical training.

 

5. Find a Mentor or a Career Coach. Think About The Small Steps.

Changing your career is quite the amazing step. Yayy You! You’ll need a plan to keep things in focus. Call upon your willpower so you don’t get yourself off track from your plan. Also remember it’s those little steps that are important! Often people throw in the towel because they become overwhelmed. They become overwhelmed because they imagine something huge that just hasn’t happened yet. They imagine the finish line. If you imagine the small steps, you will feel really happy about the accomplishments that you’ve made along the way. When you reach your final goal you will feel an enormous sense of happiness and growth. You are much more likely to get to your goal because your happiness will reinforce your willpower along the way. Start creating that plan today if you don’t have one yet. Having a Mentor or a Career Coach who can help you with a plan, keep you on track, assist you during your rough patches, is extremely advantageous. Having that person will help you master the success of your DREAM career!

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