Career Change: Expect the Unexpected

A career change is a major decision on the part of any working individual. It means getting out of your comfort zone and in most cases, starting from scratch. However, a number of people undergo career change successfully.

This is because they had the confidence and the passion to go for their goals. But a number of people also get stuck in the job they do not like because they are afraid of change, or simply for the practical reason that there is really no assurance that a good job is waiting for them in other companies.

The secret to a successful career change is simple, it is preparation. You would need to gather as much information about the specific field you are interested in joining. This includes the job description, job qualification, and the companies in that industry. Some jobs would require that you also have technical knowledge. For instance, if you are interested in working as a computer programmer then obviously, you must have the technical knowledge about programming. You will need to enroll in a computer school and acquire the needed certifications.

Meanwhile, some careers would just need you to have the desire and even your track record in achieving corporate goals. For example, if you are in the marketing department in your company, it may be easy for you to shift your career to sales because you already have intimate knowledge about the product. This career shift would require no additional formal education on your part. On the other hand, attending some seminars in your new career would also help you acquire the necessary skills that are necessary in your particular field.

You should also know what you are getting yourself into when you decide to change your career. The best source of information would be asking people who are already working in your chosen career because they can provide the details like the responsibilities and the daily tasks that you must complete. You should also expect the unexpected when it comes to career change because you are entering a new field, and it is inevitable that you will encounter both pleasant and unpleasant surprises at the start.

But note that there are a lot of successful individuals who did not follow a straight line to the top. Some have shifted to other fields but adapted to the working environment. It is also common nowadays for working individuals to multi-task so they can more or less cope up with different environments. You should also note that there are essential characteristics you must possess in any given job including interpersonal skills, good organizational skills, and good attitude in working. These are really the foundations to success in any career you wish to get into. So don’t be surprised to find out that your current job have almost the same requirement as your previous job.

If you are looking for a new job, there are a variety of methods you can use for searching. The Internet is a very powerful tool for your job search because there are many sites dedicated to placing jobs posting. You can look for your desired job in these directories. Not only that, you will also be able to find a large number of job openings throughout the whole country and even internationally if you are willing to travel. Submitting your resume in these directories will help a lot in getting you a new job. Moreover, still another area on the internet you can take advantage of are job message boards or forums. The jobs posted here are usually not advertised in job directories, but these jobs are nevertheless worth looking into. Another advantage of looking for jobs in forums is you will have access to the employer directly and have your queries answered immediately. 

You will inevitably encounter some difficulties in your career change but remember that just like any other important decisions, it is important that you have the commitment to see this through in order to see the desired results. Changing careers also doesn’t mean that all your experiences in your previous field would be disregarded; think of it as a learning experience where you got your working habits and business acumen. It is also essential that you open yourself up to different possibilities in your career and always expect the unexpected in your career change.

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.

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