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How to Make a Successful Career Change



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If your career has grown stale or even intolerable, consider a career change.  Such a change is a tricky thing, and you will want to be sure to take the steps to ensure that this change is successful.  There are things that you can do in order to make this more likely.  The following are tips on how to make this change.

The first step is to do your research.  You do not want to dive in head first only to find out that you are at the shallow end.  This analogy highlights the fact that you will want to be very knowledgeable about the field in which you are entering before you actually make the move to switch.  You should research all that the new position entails, making sure that it really is something for you.  As the saying goes, the grass might seem greener on the other side, but this is certainly not always the case in reality. You want to make sure that it is really something you want to do.

You should look at the details about the jobs you are looking for.  How easy is it to get a job in that field?  What is the pay like in the field?  Will you have to relocate?  Travel?  Think about how you can find jobs in that area.  Plan out how you will conduct your job search.

Make sure that you have all of the necessary prerequisites for such a job.  Some jobs require schooling for instance.  You will want to make sure that you have this so that you do not quit your job and are suddenly stuck without being able to make the move.  If you do find that you need more preparation, then you can consider doing this while still at your old job if possible.  This will allow you to keep your income.  There are many night schools and even online courses that allow you to further your education as a working professional.  If this is not possible, plan how it will work if you decide to go back to school full time.  Make sure that you have the funds to do so and will be able to get into a program.

When making the change, you might want to keep your old job as you are looking for a new position.  In these difficult economic times it can be difficult to find a job.  When conducting this search make sure that you have updated your resume so that it looks the best for your new endeavor.  Even if it is a different career, see if you can find things that the employers will find useful in your history. 

Go on your interviews.  Hopefully you will soon find something and you will be happy in a new career.

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