Thinking of a career change? Read on…
Are you considering changing your career? There can be many different reasons for changing you career? Are you bored at work? Is the drive not there anymore? Are you in search of a better pay? Is there no other choice? Is it the trend? Is it a legal requirement? Living here in Australia, we come across many people who have been happy and content with their career but need to change their career upon coming to Australia, as every country, every economy has different economic situations and different workforce demands.
Changing careers is one of the biggest decision job-seekers face, and with many possible outcomes and consequences.Here in Australia, I come across many candidates who have either migrated to this country for a better opportunity or have already been working but have reached a career ceiling. Before you make that jump to a new career field, consider these common career change mistakes so that you can avoid them as you make the transition from one career to your next.
Making a career change without a plan.
Probably the biggest mistake you can make is attempting to change careers without a plan. A successful career change can often take months to accomplish when you have a strategy, so without one, you could end up adrift for an even longer period. Having a detailed action plan (including items such as strategies, finances, research, and education/training) is essential to your success. Without a plan,
Making a career change without refreshing your network and finding a new mentor.you might take the first job offer that comes along, whether it is a good fit for you or not.
Don’t ever attempt a career change alone. As soon as you have identified the career field you want to switch into, begin developing new network contacts. Conduct informational interviews. Join industry associations. People in your network can provide inside information about job-openings and can even champion you to hiring managers. Networking is essential for all job-seekers, but even more so for career-changers. And use a current or new mentor as a sounding board to help guide you in the transition. Learn more about networking and the value of a mentor. Consultation is another good way to find your new path. Consult a professional as they deal with such situations everyday. Get a second opinion as different people have different ideas.
Changing careers without examining all the possibilities.
Don’t jump career fields without first conducting thorough research into all the possibilities, including career fields you may never have considered. By conducting research into careers you have never considered or been exposed to, you may find the career of your dreams. Talk to people in your network, read career and job profiles, meet with a career management professional. The more information you have about various career choices, the more successful you’ll be in making a career change. Use these research resources.
Making a career change without assessment of likes/dislikes and without self-reflection.
Self-assessment (of your skills, values, and interests) is a critical component to career-change success. Make a list of the skills you love doing (in your job, in your hobbies, in all aspects of your life) and the skills you never want to do again. Next, consider taking one or more assessment tests, especially those with a career component. Preparing a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) Analysis is also a useful activity. All these activities are designed so that you better understand yourself undefined your product undefined so that you can find the best career for you and then sell yourself to employers in that new career. Learn more about assessing your likes and dislikes, as well as preparing a personal SWOT Analysis.
Making a career change without necessary experience/education.
As a career-changer, you must find a way to bridge the (experience, skills, and education) gap between your old career and your new one. While transferable skills (skills that are applicable in multiple career fields, such as communications skills) are an important part of career change, it is often necessary to gain additional training and experience before you can find a good job in a new career field. Research whether you need additional training, education, or certifications.
If it’s been a while since you were last on the job market, take the time to polish your job-search skills, techniques, and tools. Review your resume-writing techniques, master networking, and polish your interviewing skills. What’s the sense of doing all this research and preparation in attempting to change careers if you are not current with your job-search skills? IT is the best example where professionals are required to get themselves re- certified every two years because of the ever changing technology. Make sure you are ‘current’ and up-to date when deciding to switch gears.
Are thinking of changing you career into IT? IT Futures is one of Australia’s best IT Training and Development institutes. Consult with one of our career advisers today to find your career in IT. Call 98667737 or visit www.itfutures.edu.au to book you consultation.