careerchangeideasAre you considering a career change but finding yourself stuck for ideas or the motivation to go out and do it? It’s only natural to be worried at the thought of giving up on a career you know and are comfortable with, in favour of an unknown or risky future prospect. Even if you truly dislike your current job, the idea of leaving it can leave you nervous and stressed. Perhaps you have no idea what you want to do in the future and find yourself with “just a job” while you plan your future career – but you’re stuck at the planning stage.

The first thing you will need for any future prospect is the ability to ace an interview, so regardless of where you are, if you’re looking to get hired by another company for a different job, you need to brush up on your Interview Skills – this short course will give you the confidence you need to walk into an interview for a new role and do yourself justice.

If you’re sure of what you want to do in your life, then start researching people who have the career that you want.  Find a few people who excel in the field you want to join, and figure out what it is that they do that makes them successful.  If they have a LinkedIn page, an online biography, a profile on their company’s website or any other resource of information about them, then you can look into what qualifications and experience they have, and that way you can decide what you need to start working on to be able to join them in their field.  Emulating people who are already successful is a valid tactic to get yourself up to their standard. The You Plan is a two-hour five-step course in discovering your true value, your goals, and creating a long term plan to achieving career success.

Start searching for the job you want and be prepared to start from the beginning if you move into a different field.  Apprenticeships, internships and training courses might be the best starting point.  Once you are in the company you want to work for, or have some experience in your chosen field, you can push for greater progress, apply for better jobs or aim for promotion.

If you want to be an entrepreneur or be self-employed, you can still use the above technique.  Say you want to develop new apps or video games; you should study the people who have succeeded on their own and follow in their footsteps.  Hard work and perseverance and a little bit of luck will have got the majority of self-starters where they are today, but if you look closely you will find many similarities between them.  Start small and work on self-improvement but aspire to greatness.  Make a list of what you need to achieve to be successful in your chosen field and work on each point whenever you can.

Striking out on your own as an entrepreneur is daunting.  While having no “safety net” to fall back on is highly motivating, and indeed could be just the right push to succeed that some people need, it may be safer to keep the job you currently have while you build up your experience and skills, so that you can keep your bills paid and keep food in your cupboards in the short term.  Find prospective clients and get in touch with them, offer your services to them and if you find yourself in a good position to make the switch-over from being employed to being self-employed, go for it.

If you’re truly not sure what you want to do for a career, but you know that it’s definitely not what you’re currently doing, perhaps you can find some inspiration online.  Turning up to a job you hate every day soon makes any other option look fantastic, but you should do your research to find out if any new role is really right for you before you make the jump to a new career – otherwise you might find yourself, in a year’s time, turning up every day to a completely different job that you hate just as much.  So You Hate Your Job? is a fun short course with real benefits that can help you move beyond your current dissatisfaction and towards a successful and enjoyable new career.

Consider what it is you don’t like about your current job.  Is there too much paperwork? Do you dislike being in customer service or would you prefer to see more customers? Do you feel like you have skills that you aren’t getting to use? Once you identify what it is you want to change, start looking for job roles that fit your new needs and desires.  Another thing to consider is whether the job or sector that you want to move into is likely to be currently hiring.  Some sectors are expanding rapidly in the current economic climate, some are shrinking.

If you’ve still no idea about the type of thing you want to do, here are some of the top career choices in North America in 2013: Network analysts, medical assistants, software engineers, teachers, psychiatrists, physical therapy assistants, fitness trainers, database administrators, veterinary technicians and dental hygienists. As you can see there are many and varied jobs out there, but a lot of the popular ones right now are in the health and IT industries.  Researching into these areas might yield results and lead you to find a career you could be interested in. Remember, a positive change isn’t just going to happen to you: you need to decide what you want and work hard for it.  To boost your motivation and gain the skills necessary to make this positive adjustment, look into a short course such as Creating a Life Worth Living.

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