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Highly Effective Habits of Successful Career Changers

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Dec 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Job Trends, Job Search Tips, Candidate

If you're thinking about a career change, you might be worried that it's going to take considerable effort to find a new job. A new career path is an exciting but daunting undertaking at any point in your career. According to Balance Careers, most people change jobs up to 15 times in their lifetime and spend less than five years at any particular job.

New business ventures do seem to be increasing. Earth-shattering career moves and innovative ideas come more naturally to millennials. Let's look at some ways you can make a successful career change.

Find Your Passions

When you consider a new career, explore something you care about deeply. Don't just think about finances, which are always a constraint, but have a list of things that you truly want to do so that you can create a roadmap to get there. Don't just look at skills you've obtained on the job. If you have a hobby or interest that you can use to make money, then you should include that on your list. If you're stuck, create a personal inventory of the interests and activities that excite you. This creates a starting point for your new career search.

Do the Research

Dreaming about a new career is where the journey begins. However, choosing a different career path means you're going to face a huge learning curve. Some of the initial excitement may begin to wear off under the new demands. Budget time to plan and take off some time if it's at all feasible for you. This allows you to reset your expectations and evaluate your emotional, financial, and spiritual needs. These may seem like topics that don't fit into a career planning agenda, but it's the right place to start.

Set up a network that can help you move into your desired field. Don't be too shy to ask for help when you need it the most. People might surprise you with their willingness to talk things out, knowledge of what you're getting into, and advice on how to succeed.

Listen to the Inner Voice

It might sound hokey, but believing in yourself is vital. There are going to be bumps along the way to your new career path, so you need to stay committed to your goal. Your new path might involve going back to school, or it might not pay as much as you're making now, for example. 

If you're making a significant change, say to work at home after working for years in an office, or vice versa, you're looking at a lifestyle change as well as a new job direction. Remind yourself not to be afraid of the future so that you can concentrate on the present. Many people choose the easy road and stay in a job they hate because it's comfortable and safe. Change brings hope as well as anxiety when you travel into unfamiliar territory. This is a good time to remind yourself what you are excited about your new career.

Find a Mentor

A mentor is someone you admire who already works in the field you wish to attain. When you feel as though someone supports you and can provide valuable advice, it smooths out some of the bumps along your new career path. When you feel down, they can relate stories of their own failures and how they recovered and moved forward. 

Now's the Time to Take Risks

If you feel your career has become stagnant, don't let fear ruin your chances to find a fulfilling new job that better fits where you're at in your life. As long as it's something you love, it's work the risk and hard work.

Finally, work for someone you like and admire. Nothing can kill a great career buzz like dealing with negative, apathetic people interested in little more than punching a clock.

Ready to Make the Leap?

If you find yourself ready to go to the next step in your career, don't hesitate. Contact ICS and we will get you started on the right foot. Click below to see all of our open positions and begin applying to your next dream job. 

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