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Advice on changing careers and finding a more satisfying job

Advice on changing careers and finding a more satisfying job

Change careers for all of the right reasons, not the wrong ones. When changing careers, consider what your reasons are for wanting to find a new job, and also how you are going to go about finding that job. Do your research into possible job opportunities that are out there before you decide to tell your current boss. But once you have done your research, be confident in your decision and making the first step.


Do

Do know why

To have a successful career change you need to know why you are changing. In answering that question it will help you along the path of making a proper and positive career change. Do you want a different career path? Maybe you just want to relocate? Whatever it is, be honest and upfront with yourself so that you can make the right decision when moving forward.

Do investigate your options

Just like anything in life, if you are about to embark on a certain path do your due diligence and investigate your options. What you want and desire needs to be understood properly and to the fullest extent.

Do map your plan

A career change may involve numerous steps; more education, relocation, more or less time away from family, etc. It is important to know what you want and how you are going to get there before you take the first step.

Do seek council

Talk to people doing the job, talk to family and friends and ask for their advice. Garner as much information as possible to truly understand what you are getting involved in.

Do take the first step

Once you have investigated your options and you know what needs to be done, the hardest part is taking the first step. Fear of the unknown has prevented a lot of people from moving forward in their careers. Don’t let fear rule your life.


Don't

Do not change for the sake of changing

People can be very unhappy at work, changing to a new job will not make you happy unless you change to the right type of job. Change in itself can be harmful if it is not planned and thought out.

Do not change for money

“I want a new career because I want more money.” As good as money is, it won’t get you success. To have a successful career you really must like and enjoy what you are doing. Changing simply for cash usually doesn’t bring you success.

Do not keep it a secret

You are unhappy at work, but are afraid to tell anyone about it. You feel it may single weakness in you. Dont be foolish. If you want to reinvigorate your career you need to tell people that you are looking for a change. Use others advice and expertise to help you get what you want.

Do not change because you think it is expected

Happiness at work is doing what you really want to do, not doing what people want or expect you to do. If you don’t want to be a manager, then don’t become one. If you are happy doing what you are doing then stick with it.

Do not play politics

If you think gaining career growth and happiness is achieved via political games then you are sadly mistaken. Success comes from merit, hard work, and doing what you enjoy. You do these things and you will be recognized soon enough.


Summary
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When making a career change, do it for the right reasons. There is no sense in changing to a job you won’t like when your goal is to find a job where you will be happy. Do your research before quitting, and really investigate what your purpose of changing careers is. Only then can you find a find a job that you will truly enjoy for the rest of your life.


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John FrancisPresident

21 years recruitment and assessment experience, president and managing partner of ACareerJob and Theonera Inc., Human Resource professional association member....

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