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Career Change Mistakes To Avoid

June 15, 2018 Careers No Comments Email Email

So, you have decided that you want to change your career path? This can be an exciting albeit anxious time in anyone’s life. 

Many people decide they want to change their career at some point. After all, we are expected to know what we want to do with our life from such an early age, and so it is only natural that we would change our minds at some point. Nevertheless, how you go about your career change is important. Read on to discover some of the key mistakes you need to avoid.

Throwing their job away without a plan – There is only one place to begin, and this is with quitting your job before you have anything else lined up or you have acquired the necessary skills for your career move. Nowadays, you can do virtually any type of course over the Internet. You can even do a Master in counselling online or attain qualifications in finances, law, and so on! The options are endless. Therefore, you can get the qualifications you need while holding down your current job. This will ensure you do not have a massive lull whereby you have no income coming in.

Changing careers without conducting a full assessment – It can be easy to feel like you want to jump ship when you have grown tired of your current job or you have witnessed the success of others. However, you need to make sure your new career vision is 100 per cent right for you. The last thing you want to do is make a massive change and then discover you hate it! So, make sure you conduct a full assessment. Find out what your working day will be like. Assess all of the strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities associated with the job you are considering. This is the only way you will be certain the move is right for you, which then enables you to approach it with greater confidence.

Making a career change based on money – Last but not least, making a career change based on money can be very tempting, especially if you need to earn more because you want to buy a house or pay off debts. However, the truth is that you can earn money in any type of industry, so long as you are good at what you do. If you choose a career you hate simply because the money is good, you will be miserable. It is a careful balancing act.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding some of the common mistakes that people make when changing their career. If you can stay away from these blunders, you will give yourself a great chance of ensuring that the whole transition goes as smoothly and successfully as possible. Good luck!

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