Sometimes we need a change. Sometimes the change we need involves our careers. The need for change can be brought on by a number of reasons: change in family structure, relocation, a company we worked for has gone out of business or a layoff. Some of these reasons occur suddenly and without warning. At other times you may have time to consider your options before leaving your current job.
Sometimes the change is a result of tedium. We can grow disillusioned or unhappy with the work we are doing no matter how much pleasure it once gave us. Fortunately changing jobs for this reason allows us plenty of time to plan our departure and choose the new career.
If you are unsure about what your next career should be, your first step should be to seek the services of a career counselor. They have the experience and training to uncover what makes you tick and how to apply that to the business world.
Take stock of your current financial situation. Can you afford to quit and return to school to gain any training you might need for a new career? If not, can you stay at your new job and go to school at night? Are there other options that might get you the training you need?
Get out your networking tools and start talking to everyone you know. Put feelers out everywhere. Use social networking sites to find others who work in the industry you w to break into.
Tempting though it may be, you should not always take the first job that comes along or the one with the highest salary. In either case, you may find yourself dissatisfied again down the road. A high salary is no guarantee of success of happiness. Often top dollar jobs come with a high price paid for with lots of extra work hours and stress. Unless you are prepared to pay such a price, no salary will ultimately be worth the time away from your family and the stress you must endure.
Once you find that dream job, don’t just settle in. Become a lifelong learner, always building on the body of knowledge you have. Look forward and try to imagine where this could lead you in five or ten years? Is it someplace you want to be? If so, how do you get there? If not, what can you do to brighten the picture? Don’t wait for your career to happen to you, make it happen.