Thinking of leaving your career?

Are you thinking about switching careers? I’m talking about going from a circus tamer (at the office, naturally) to a public relations manager (for example)

Ask yourself why you want to make a change and leave

Is it the employer? Can you work it out? The job pay? The retirement? A new city? Make sure it’s a VALID reason with PROVEN instances (not just one) that makes you want to quit so that you don’t make a rash decision and go all Office Space on us.

Look back on what your job did and didn’t do for you

There must be something you hate about your job. Find out what it is.

And find out what you love as well.

Using these two pieces of information, get a sort of roadmap of what your ideal job would have (please, nothing on sunny beaches doing nothing but sipping margaritas), and figure out what you love to do.

Try it on

From here, search job descriptions that match that in your industry (or out…) and come up with a HUGE list of occupations you could love.

Narrow those occupations down (by salary, experience required, etc) and start researching more into your top 3 occupations to figure out which one is right for you.

Research the job, read books, browse the internet, talk to people already working in your dream job and even better get some first-hand experience by job shadowing or signing up to be a volunteer

Get ready for school

Many radical career changes need more education. Be ready for the financial hit of going back to school while losing your full-time income. If you can, save ahead of time and look into scholarships, bursaries and anything for mature students

Let go of your ego

Recognize you won’t begin where you’ve ended. Do as much as you can to build experience and credibility in your new field even if you have to do things for free or do tasks beneath you

Don’t take skepticism to heart

People are going to look at you like you’re nuts and be prepared to explain why you made such a drastic move. Think about your parallel skills that you could transfer from your previous job into your new one.

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.