For anyone who has made a successful career change, what were the most important things you had to do, or what advice would you give others looking to do the same?
I'm a current college student, so I haven't officially started my career yet, but I'm extremely anxious about doing so, especially now that the pandemic has changed life as we know it. I've changed my career aspirations several times already, but now I'm nearing graduation and I'm still terrified that I'll wind up in a career I don't enjoy. Whether you ended up changing careers because you were dissatisfied or because you found better opportunities in another field, I'm really interested in hearing the experiences of professionals who have been in a situation like me. How did you overcome your worries, and what advice would you give to someone else? #career #career-counseling #careers #career-advice #future #career-options #college #college-student #graduation #career-change #career-switch #career-changes #career-switches #advice #july #july20 #scholarship
This is just a personal opinion I'd like to share:
I pursued a job right after college not knowing if I would like the industry or not because I wanted to "start a career". I became a paralegal, liked some aspects of the job, and naturally thought that law school and becoming a lawyer were the next steps I should pursue. Years later, I changed my career into the education sector because teaching, guiding, and working within higher education was where my skills and passions were. My personal lesson learned was: I should have thought about what I enjoyed, and pursued it. Because I didn't do that right after college, I lost a lot of years working extremely hard at places that would have replaced me within a week if I left the firm. You graduate around 22, you'll be 32 after 10 years...you should be well on your way in a career you enjoy. No one keeps their first job anyways, so use it as a stepping stone to see if you like an industry.
My advice: first figure out what you like to do. I don't mean "I like to teach, or I like to practice medicine". Focus on why you want to work - ex: "I want to assist those that are less fortunate", or "I want to clean up the environment". This is your personal mission, and you can accomplish your mission through a variety of jobs. Personally, I want to assist others to succeed, and I was fortunate to get a position assisting college students find jobs - this was much more satisfying to me than accomplishing a merger between companies, or assisting someone win money from a company or insurance firm. Although the path I've been on has not been easy, I'm much more satisfied and proud of my work than I was earlier on in my career.
I hope that my opinion can shed a little bit of light on your question. Best of luck!
I have a wealth of experience in this area. In fact, most people change careers at least once in their lifetime. So your thoughts are more common than you may think.
I began my career in nursing. I eventually grew professionally into nursing administration, then to management. After having very young children, I decided to change career paths, and open retail clothing stores. I needed to read everything I could get my hands on, and take workshops and online seminars to fully understand the business, marketing, online sales, distribution, and network channels. I did this for 10 years. I eventually returned to nursing after selling my company. I then went back to school to earn a degree in marketing management.
So to answer your question, if you have passion for what you want to do, you will make the time, and put in the work to make the dream become a reality. But it DOES take TIME , WORK, and EFFORT. There are NO shortcuts, but its worth it
I would recommend starting your career in an area that is grounded. One that will always be needed. That is why I chose nursing. There will always be a need for medical professionals, so I always knew there were jobs with a steady paycheck ( and i loved working with people).
If you wanted to branch out after you learned about a new career that you are passionate about, it is completely fine to dip your toe in that pool. Just remember, if it doesn't work out, you can still go back to that first career that is stable and dependable.
I hope I was able to help .
Good luck in your career pursuits.
1. What do you really want to do in your heart. (enjoy, happy)
2. What can you tolerate (put up with)
3. What you won't do.
Career changes upon mostly in burn out situations high stress and confusion.
So before choosing anything research potential jobs their expectancy .research potential growth and negative findings
These are just some of the questions you might think about.
With the love of Jesus live well
If you have an opportunity to do formal internships or informal job shadowing, that will help you decide on the type of environment you will be happiest in. Interview people in the jobs you are thinking about, and find out what kinds of skills they think are most helpful to them in the role. For example: Leadership, collaboration, creativity, persistence, eye for detail, ability to work crazy hours, entrepreneurship, etc. This will help you understand which jobs you are naturally a good fit for and which you should avoid. It will also tell you what types of additional formal or informal training you might need for jobs you'd like to take on.
On the other hand, if you are not sure if you want to pursue a career in chemical engineering or fashion design, you do have some decisions to make! Just remember that school is expensive and "real life" experience may be just as valuable even if it is in an industry or job that isn't a perfect match. Regardless of which degree you choose, as long as you make time for your person interests and passions, and you work to maintain an extensive network in both, there will always be time to try something new when the opportunity arises.
I have taken jobs in accounting/finance, sales, marketing and strategic sourcing, and ended my career as VP of Operations. I worked in health care operations, health insurance and property and casualty insurance. My best advice is to learn as much as you can in your current role to position you for the next role you'd like to have.
Kathy recommends the following next steps:
If you still feel really stuck when graduating consider going into recruiting. It's a great career starter. You'll learn about other careers, what they pay, and what employers look for. It will also teach you sales and people skills that will be invaluable later on in your career. I hope this helps! Don't be afraid to try and change directions. Best of luck!