Changing Careers Requires Careful Planning

Dr. Purushothaman
December 2, 2013


Changing Careers Requires Careful Planning


Statistics made available from The Department of Labor in The United States record that, in their lifetime, the average person in America changes professions between three and five times.

This means that they essentially get into an entirely new type of work, and not simply that they move to a different division with their existing company. Shifting professions works when it's carried out with meticulous planning in order avoid a potentially devastating break in income.

The Process

The first step in changing careers is for the aspiring "career shifter" to evaluate what they do not like about their existing work, Next, they should then do some soul searching about what they desire to undertake. Factors to consider in moving into a new career include opportunities within that career that will motivate and inspire. Also consider new careers where there is an opportunity to learn on-the-job as a function of the job requirement.

Typically, when beginning a new line of work, individuals are not necessarily expected to master a completely new set of skills short-term, or bring to the table all the skills necessary to get the job done from work skills based on the practical experience the person had in a different career field.

Leadership, customer care and communication are capabilities which are sought after in nearly every profession. On the job instruction and additional courses can offer any additional skills which may be required for a new position. If training is needed, it may be beneficial to take training courses one at a time so as not to overburden the new hire.

When attempting to break into a new job, it is often useful to cultivate associations within the industry in question. In addition to industry contacts, family and friends can supply important information regarding instruction, employment leads and tips.

Career counselors will often have the ability to guide a person looking for a part-time placement within the industry as a means to allow them to experience a possible new career direction. Network within a new industry: Consider becoming a member of a specialist organization for making new industry-specific connections.

Finding people to coach a transitional worker tends to make the change a significantly easier process. An individual with a great deal of practical experience in the industry will have information on resume and cover letter composing in addition to assistance throughout the job search. They may also have useful knowledge in terms of helping to prepare for job interviews and negotiating salaries.

The individual making the career move is, ultimately, accountable for attending to such duties. But having professional help close at hand to use for guidance delivers essential peace of mind.


Changing professions requires a good deal of preparation and careful thought. It's critical to identify both interests and abilities: The two are not synonymous. Additional training, choosing a coach, networking as well as the process of seeking new employment is all part of the continuum of changing careers.

When someone is genuinely dedicated to choosing a different line of work, they must not grow frustrated by small setbacks. For an individual who's versatile and motivated, there are many occupational solutions to achieving career satisfaction. In short, individuals contemplating a change ought to do a thorough investigation with regard to professions compatible with their passions.

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