The purpose of working might primarily lie in receiving an income for some, but having a fulfilling career is a key to happiness & contentment for others. Exploring your interests & finding your niche in the varying world of work carries the potential of largely contributing to your general growth.

Be that as it may, the cloud of uncertainty has a tendency of looming in the face of a career change, leaving one dismayed & eventually resorting to stagnation. If you are in a process of job shifting or infer that you will be in one in the near future, the subsequent pointers will come in handy. 

Identify your goals 

As with anything, identifying your goals should be an essential part of your quest. You cannot switch lanes and not know what the purpose in so doing is. If you are to succeed, you need to set measurable and realistic goals that will give you a clear direction of where you will end up, how and when. A career change might take any kind of form and shape, first ask yourself whether you want to go the employee or entrepreneur route & take it from there. 

Gather Information

Incertitude together with the lack of knowledge induces anxiety. None of us like being in the dark about our tomorrow; therefore the antidote therein is accumulating as much information as you possibly can about the profession you want to venture into. Fully utilize the available resources like the internet, books & even go to the extent of attending career fairs reaching & reaching out to people who have been practising that particular vocation for an ample amount of time, that way you’ll receive first-hand findings & alleviate your uneasiness as a result. Additionally, use the internet to learn the technicalities of your “pending job”. 

Embrace your individuality 

What benefit does it serve you to be stuck in an industry that you’re not passionate about? Too often than not we find ourselves all cooped up in the status quo & afraid to burst out lest we find ourselves wallowing in loneliness. The nature of our environments can also jug us into its limits & lead us into thinking that we’re to partake in whatever options it has to offer. Honestly evaluate yourself & the actual reasons that are keeping you from giving in to the decision of change. If you find that it is working against you, you should make it a point to discover & move to a place that is compatible with your interests.  Never try to fit in where you don’t!

Save up

The lack of sufficient money is one of the greatest barricades were a “new life” is concerned. The phrase “I’ll cross the bridge when I get to it” is impractical in this particular regard. The only way to ascertain that you efficiently cross over to the bright side of a new start is by budgeting an adequate amount of money. Before anything, determine the approximate expenses that you’ll require to sustain yourself during the period of hunting for a new job. You don’t want to find yourself as a part of the vast statistics of citizens who save little to nothing at all.

Get a support system

Involving your acquaintances, family and friends in your quest can make the burden a whole lot lighter to bear; they may come up with new ways, ideas and solutions when needs are. There will be times where you apply for your desired positions only to encounter rejection and end up on the verge of giving up, this is where your close ones can also step in to comfort you and serve as a structure that you can lean on during those gloomy days. Alternatively, opt for a career coach to assist you in building a plenary list of realistic job targets. A therapist is the best option if you have unhealed issues from your previous job, treat this job transition as a healing process so as to better hassle with the roller coaster ride of finding your feet in a new and unfamiliar industry. 

Read this article to further prepare & ace that next job interview.

Published by HOLR Magazine