People have plenty of decisions to make every minute of their lives. What dress to wear, what time to leave home, what color tie to wear, etc. Unlike these decisions, there are some that need a good deal of contemplation. Everything in life might be going well; you might be able to lead a decent life with the salary you get, the children can go to school and even if your spouse doesn't work the house still manages on your paycheck. But, deep inside there may be a voice that says something isn't right. The current job you have isn't the one you enjoy doing.
Listen to that voice, especially if it starts affecting your work and you cannot concentrate. Think of alternative jobs that you could do instead of your present one. The career change you decide on can turn out to be the most exciting in your life. Here are a few do's and don'ts to keep on mind when changing your career: Do's - Planning a career change is difficult and it is best to have a plan.
Think long and hard before making any decision, as this will affect your career in the long run. - Since you are making a change, consider a job that is not similar to the present one. Also consider careers which make optimum use of your interests and skills. - Network with people through friends and business associates. This is the best way of finding out about the industry you would like to join.
- Consult a friend or someone who has knowledge of the industry and can act as a mentor, advising you and helping you to focus on your goals. - If your chosen field requires additional qualifications, think of ways you can do it and the course you could opt for. - If possible, try to work part-time for the job you want. This can help you understand the intricacies of the new job. - When you start working on the new job you should take time to adapt to the new surroundings and system of working.
- When you quit a job, leave on a positive note. Keeping good relations with your past employers will help you in the future. Don'ts - Don't have too many expectations from the job; you could be disappointed if things don't turn out the way you thought.
- Don't discuss your plans for a change of career with your office colleagues until you have a solid offer in writing. - Don't be dazzled by the glamour and big money that some jobs offer. What you should to look for is job satisfaction and a secure future. - Don't expect a career change to be instant; it might take more time than you expect. - Don't leave your current job until you have another one in hand. You never know how long finding the job of your choice will take.
If it takes longer than expected, you may have to consider paying bills from your savings. Do away with all your inhibitions about making a successful career change. Your job and how you perceive it has an effect on you, your family and your future.
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.