8 Tips For Changing Careers

How do you know when it’s time to change your career? It may seem like the hardest decision you’ll ever make, but fortunately there are resources out there to help you along the way. To get you started, here are the top 8 tips for changing careers from those who have made their own successful transitions.

Do your research

Identify your transferable skills. One of the best ways to figure out what you’re good at is by figuring out what you enjoy doing. Think about the things that you do in your spare time, or things that make you happy. Chances are these are the things that will translate well into a career change. Get feedback from friends and family.

Consider your skills and strengths

For most people, it’s hard to pinpoint what they’re good at and what their strengths are. But if you don’t know where to start, here are a few tips:

-Brainstorm about your past work experience. What did you enjoy the most? What skills did you use the most? What tasks do you perform best?

-Think about why this is important to you. What motivates or drives you?

Consider your values

What are your values?

What is your time horizon?

What is your financial situation?

Do you have a strong network of friends and family to support you in this endeavour?

Are you open to starting over with little experience or formal education in a new field?

Consider your goals

If you want to change careers, you should be prepared to make some sacrifices. You may not be able to earn as much money with your new job. You may have a harder time finding a job in the first place. But if you want to make a change, it’s worth it.

Consider your lifestyle

People change careers because they are unhappy with the career they have, or they are unhappy in their current situation. Whatever the case may be, it is important to consider your lifestyle before changing your career. The most important thing to consider is whether you can maintain a steady income through this transition.

Update your resume

If you’re looking to change careers, your resume is the first document that potential employers will look at. Make sure it reflects the skills and abilities you have from your previous work experience. Using keywords from the job description in a targeted resume can help you find a job faster.


Reach out to your current network of contacts and ask them who you should speak with about your idea. They might know someone in the industry that could be a valuable resource, or they might have insight into what you’ll need to do to break in.

Do an informational interview with someone in the field that interests you. This is a low-risk way to explore careers, industries and companies without committing yourself to anything. Plus, it’s a great way to start networking.

Be prepared to start at the bottom

It’s common for people to feel a little discouraged when they first start out in their new careers. Be prepared to start at the bottom and work your way up. It may be frustrating at first, but it will make you appreciate where you’re headed even more.

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