Tips for Choosing a New Career

There are many reasons why you may be considering finding a new career. Maybe you have lost your job due down-sizing and need to start over and there are not a lot of prospects in your field. Perhaps you have been injured and your previous career is too physically demanding. You could just need a change. Whatever the reason, many find themselves in a position of wanting to start over with a new career, which can be both exciting and terrifying. Here are some tips on how to make the process a little easier for yourself.

  1. Know your strengths. The first thing to do before deciding on a new career path is decide what kind of career would be a good fit for you. If you are terrible with math, then it is unlikely that going into finance would be a good fit, for example. There are career counselors who can help you by suggesting exercises that will show you your strengths and let you know which careers are a good fit for you.
  2. Make sure there are available jobs. If you are ready to change fields, you want to make sure that you are changing to a field that has good growth prospects. It is important to do your research and check out what kind of jobs are currently available and what the prospectus is for the next few years. This kind of data could be very helpful when it comes to helping you narrow down which field to pursue.
  3. Find out what qualifications are needed. If you are changing career paths, there is a good chance that you may need to do some sort of upgrading. Once you have narrowed down your list of careers that you think you would do well in and that have good financial prospects, you want to check out what kind of education or certificates are needed. Once you have that information, you need to decide how much upgrading you are willing to do for your new career. Are you willing to go back to school for four years or would you rather something that requires minimal upgrading? That is something that only you can answer, but it needs to be weighed carefully before deciding on a new career path.
  4. Talk to people in the field. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of choices, it is a good idea to try and talk to people who are currently in the field. A lot of time career resource centers can help you with this and can arrange meetings for you. These meetings aren’t interviews, instead they are information sessions. It is a good way to be able to ask questions and to learn some of the day-to-day tasks associated with your new field.

Changing careers can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you do your research and make your decision carefully, there is no reason to be scared. It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a teacher or take on something like heavy goods vehicles training program.  There are a lot of resources out there to help you find the right career for you and soon you will be on your way to an exciting new future.

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  1. says

    Before I started my “career” as a teacher, I was able to substitute to make sure I really enjoyed teaching. I wonder if there are other careers out there where you can temp in the position before putting in the time commitment (i.e. education, training, etc.)? I think it’s a great way to “try out” something that requires additional training or education.

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