Successful career transition

Planning to change your job? A successful career transition requires considerable thought and effective planning.

Planning your next career step? Well, taking a new direction in your career should be a well calculated move because decisions made in a hurry often end up becoming disastrous.

Career transition is no child’s play since you are setting feet in alien territory. Moving from one industry to another requires a lot of ground work like preparing yourself psychologically for the change, research about the new industry and understanding your new job profile thoroughly among others.

Here, are some points you should consider before signing on the dotted line:

Assess yourself>

Your skill sets, areas of interests, personality traits, experience and academic background play an important role in your career. Therefore, it is advisable to assess your core credentials before you decide your next big step. An aptitude test always helps. Also, today there are several self assessment tools available. These assessments give you a clear picture of your strengths, personality and competencies. Your decision should be based on your competencies and interests, and not on a fancy idea that may have planted itself in your mind. Visiting a career counselor and seeking professional guidance is a good idea.

Be “reasonable”>

Job satisfaction is one of the common reasons for a career transition. The reason for the dissatisfaction could range from monetary benefits to job responsibilities. If you are planning a career transition due to sheer dissatisfaction with the current job, you may be on the wrong track. There is no denying the fact that a change is mandatory if you are discontent with your current job. However, this does not mean that you need a complete career change. At times, even a job change might resolve your problems. It is important to ensure that you don’t let your dissatisfaction with your current job rule your decision to switch industries. Think rationally, and avoid making decisions based on guesses or incomplete information. It is better to pull on for some more time than rush into an incorrect decision.

Evaluate and understand>

Before you decide to quit your current income source and explore a completely new venture, evaluate and understand the pros and cons of the job. If you have a good network, finding answers to your questions will not be difficult. Industry insiders can give you the real picture because actually being on the job is always different from what your guess about the job is.

Plan your Move>

Once you decide to change your career path completely, plan every step. For example, if possible, you could freelance for some projects while you still stick to your current job. This will give you a feel of the work and the challenges it entails. By doing so you an also assess other factors like your comfort level and competency to deliver quality products. Holding onto your current job while you explore a new era of work will keep you confident. Take tiny steps – one at a time. It’s easier to get absorbed slowly into an industry over a period of time, instead of one mammoth change.

Prepare for change>

Think of ways that can help you mold yourself to fit into the new industry. Participating in workshops, attending seminars and lectures on the respective industry will prepare you for the new challenges awaiting you. Today, you have an abundance of information on the internet. Read up as much as you can, especially blog content by industry personnel since that will give the real picture. You could also join relevant groups on social networking websites and participate in discussions.

Be Confident>

Finally, last but definitely not the least be confident of your self and your abilities. Remember, switching from one industry to another is not easy. You will have your fair share of challenges and slumps. Don’t get disheartened. You might take time to set your feet in the new industry confidence and determination is the key.