The New Year is often a time of reflection and a chance to pursue new opportunities. If 2015 has you thinking about making a career change, here are some things you may want to consider.
Determine Your Motive
You might feel stuck in your current job because you’re unhappy, not making enough money or just don’t see yourself moving up. The New Year is the perfect time to reinvent yourself and embark on a new career path, but you’ll first want to identify your motivation for making the switch.
“People switch careers for many different reasons. Often times it’s for an increased salary, a more challenging work environment or even different hours,” says Ashley Tanner, director of career services for Globe University. “It’s never too late to switch careers, and nowadays it’s becoming increasingly more common.”
Tanner warns about jumping into a new career too quickly, though, and stresses the importance of analyzing the real reason why you’re considering it.
“Wanting to switch careers can often be fueled by life changes, so be sure to do research when making this big decision,” she says.
Do Your Research
When thinking about a career change, Tanner recommends visiting the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website, which provides information about job titles, potential earnings and required education for specific positions that can help you with your decision.
“Be realistic when switching careers,” says Tanner. “A career change may be demanding, so be sure to have a plan in place, and set realistic and attainable goals.”
More than likely, whichever career you choose is not going to be as stable or routine as your current role, so she suggests comparing your current job to others you may be considering and weighing the pros and cons of each.
Have a Plan
Once you’ve decided on a new career path, you need to have a plan going forward. Tanner says it’s helpful to seek a mentor in the particular industry you are considering, and network with professionals to get a feel for the job field.
Many times, going back to school is also a necessary part of your plan. The proper educational background can help you stand out above the competition because it shows you have the foundation to back up your skills and experience. Whether you need an updated certification, an associate degree or an MBA, continuing your education will give you the credentials to make your dream career happen.
Figuring out why you want to make a change, doing your research and establishing a plan are all things you should do before embarking on a new career path. If you decide a new career in 2015 is for you, Globe University and career support services can help. Visit www.globeuniversity.edu/about-us/career-services to learn more.