Did you wake up one day and wonder how you ended up in your current job?
Fear not, my friend, for you are not alone!
It is completely normal to find your dream job when you were fresh out of college no longer so appealing; our grasp of the road that will take us to our dream destination is never full when we are so young and inexperienced. In fact, it takes years of experience in the job market to get but a hint of the road that will take you to where you want to be.
Career shifting is never an easy step; it is far more than just changing your job with a new one. It is changing the entire destination of where you are going.
So before doing that you need to find out what is wrong with your current career and whether you really need a career shift or not.
The main thing that you need to know is:
1-Where do you want to go?
This is your main destination, for example you aim to be a certain position in a certain company. Review a list of the available options for the job you want. Then narrow down your options to the ones that you are interested in and are matching to your needs.
Target marked, now work your way up and see how you are going to get there.
This leads us to the second step:
2-How Are You Going to Get There?
You need to assess yourself first: you need to evaluate your values, strengths, weaknesses, skills, personality and interests using self-assessment tools like career shift tests
Do you need a career shift?
After determining whether you needed a career shift and it turned out that you do.
The importance of a well built network can never be underestimated. This has nothing to do with nepotism. Think about it this way: the more people you know, the more career stories you get to hear about, and the more opportunities come in your way. Social networks exhibit this handy tool where college graduates share job opportunities when they get their hands on them. Networking works the same way; you have a higher chance of hearing about job opportunities the bigger your networks become.
It is near impossible that you make a shift that was never done before. Seek out those similar to you and ask them for advice.
Furthermore, talk to your peers on whether they’d like to change careers. Talk to your superiors as well. Make sure that what you’re uncomfortable with is the career itself and not the phase you’re going through at your career right now.
5-Try out different things:
Intern, work while still in college, work part-time, volunteer… It’s never too early to juggle more than one career path. Just make sure that you can handle the responsibility and the pressure. Start out as a volunteer. When working more than one job, make sure you have one stable thing in your life (full time job or college) and stack the other tasks around it. The purpose of doing more than one thing is not to do more than one thing, it is to explore other options so you can know what you want and focus on it. Jack of all trades, master of none.
6-Sign up for courses:
It’s a whole lot easier to find out about a career if you have an academic background in it. It is also easier to get a job if you have degree related to the career. Many an engineer go into business straight out of college or a couple of years later. A course or two in finance will not hurt before you take on such a huge turn. Also, MBA holders find it easier to ease into a business career and ease out of whatever it is that they were doing before.
7-Test drive your-soon-to-be job:
No one goes blindly into a new job without even experiencing it for a short time or in a form of internship or training. So after the info gathering; search for any facility that offers training or some sort of an internship to get used to the job and know an estimate of what it exactly needs and whether it matches what you have been looking for or not. Also, whether you can afford to move on and shift your career in this stage or not (I am talking financial and position wise)
8-BBYE old career
Once you have settled for a certain career and test drove it and it turned out to suit you just fine, make sure to follow the formalities of leaving your old job and inform your old employer of your intention of leaving.