Here are a few tips on how to kick-start your transition to a career that’s a better fit for your life.
1. Ask yourself these questions:
- What do you enjoy most about the work you do now?
Make a list. How can you translate those things into a new career direction?
- What are your greatest strengths and how can those transfer over to a new industry?
Review your resume and pull out transferable skills. Enlist the help of a friend or family member to get an objective opinion.
2. Consider conducting informational interviews with people in the industries you are exploring. Gather information about those possible new directions and find out from people in the field what it takes to transition into the field. Are there certain skills or a specific type of experience required? Do you need to take some classes, or volunteer outside of work to gain additional experience in a certain area?
3. Make a plan with a timeline. How long can you give yourself for this change? A realistic timeline might be 3-6 months. Set a deadline and work backwards. Write your plan down in black and white and revisit it every week to determine the action steps you need to take that week. You’ll need to set goals for yourself that are realistic, but that will also require you to step out of your comfort zone.
And realize that reinventing yourself is a process. Because you're probably relying on your current job to support yourself, whether it’s a full time or part time job, make the move gradually and create a plan up front to implement the change.
4. Revisit your plan weekly and make adjustments. Because you're learning and you can’t predict the future, the course of your path may need to change. That’s ok! It doesn’t mean you’re a failure; adjustments are necessary. Trust that you will figure it out!
5. Start sooner rather than later. We encourage you to start now because this is a process that usually takes time. It’s easier to make a change and take action now, while you are feeling more stable, rather than reckless or impulsive because you’re miserable at your job.
Good luck and congratulations on kick-starting your way to better work-life synthesis!
Guest blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified coach and founder of Create Your Career Path. She was recently featured as a guest speaker on our 30 Minute Mentor monthly webinar series for job seekers. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. Hallie is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit their website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about their services and to sign up for a complimentary consultation.