When is it Time for a Career Change

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When you have a good job with a nice salary, and a pleasant group of people you work with in an office that has everything from a water cooler to high-tech computing systems – in short: when your job is great, you don’t think about changing it. And why should you? If you are completely fulfilled professionally and happy doing what you do, there’s no need for a change. However, not every single person thinks this way and not everyone has that type of a job. When your work starts putting too much pressure on you, or when you feel fed up with doing same boring repetitive things day in and day out, it may easily be time to change your career. This isn’t a simple decision, but think of the possibilities that lie beyond your current job and you will easily realize that you might be happier doing something else. So, if you are currently considering changing careers, here are some tips.

Changing the Pace

When changing careers, it’s not just about changing your job position or the company you are employed in – it’s so much more than that. In today’s fluctuation of jobs and the adaptations the market is experiencing, some people are forced out of jobs, while others just want a change of pace. That’s how bankers become bakers, real estate agents turn into teachers and business managers start coaching high school softball teams. You can never know when a new opportunity will come knocking on your door and you have to be ready to embrace it.

How to Find a Replacement?

All of us have something that we do and some things we are good at. Whether it’s languages, computer skills or physical abilities, that set of characteristics is what makes us fit for a certain job and position. Those who love math become engineers, those who excel in languages turn to teaching and translation, and so on. But what happens when you completely change your career path and want to choose something that fits your set of skills?

When thinking of a new career, try to take your secret wishes and desires into consideration. Since we don’t all do what we really want to, there has to be something that we fantasize about. Now, try to connect this wish to your already existing skills and you’ll be closer to your new career. For example, an aspiring athlete who has always had a soft spot for children can move to teaching in school and acquire a position as a PE teacher.

Developing Industries

There have always been some industries that have been attracting more people than others and those are the easiest to fit into when changing careers. If you are unsure what the next thing for you is, you can look into career prospects in industries like construction, engineering, digital security, accounting and others that are booming right now and are perspective for the future. Find what you are interesting in and there’s your new career.

Adapting your CV

Certain positions require a certain set of skills that should be emphasized in your CV, and when changing careers, you should adapt them as well. Present valuable skills and references first and aim for the identification between what’s desired and what you offer. Don’t write about your college math diplomas and spelling bee contests if applying for a position in agriculture, for example, but do so when trying to get a job as a software engineer or a translator.

The Final Result

Having a new job is a great change that can boost your self-esteem, make you more motivated and wake up lost potentials. When changing your career, it’s important to adapt quickly and painlessly, and you will find your new vocation rather quickly.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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