Career Change Dos and Don'ts, Taking Advantages of All Networking Potential

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Dos

  • One should have a well-developed plan for making career change.

  • To put in a great deal of time and effort while switching from one career to another.

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  • Taking time to examine the activities that one like and dislike with more focus on the likes.

  • Focussing on new careers that center ones likes and passions.

  • Leveraging current skills and experiences to new career by taking advantage of transferable skills.

  • Additional training or education may be required to gain the skills one need to be compete in new career fields.

  • Taking advantages of all networking potential including:

    • Using current network of contacts.

    • Conducting informational interviews with key employers in new career field.

    • Joining professional organizations in new career field.

    • Once should be flexible.

    • One may have to make concessions about job titles, salary, relocation, etc.

Don’ts

  • One should not rush into career change until there is a proper thought and strategy regarding the same.

  • One should not worry or feel insecure while making a career change as these feelings are normal.

  • One should not allow himself/herself to get discouraged as changing careers take time.

  • One shouldn’t get impatient and should start educational program slowly.

  • One should not rush into a new career field being dissatisfied or disillusioned with the current job, boss, company, or career field.

  • One should try and explore other job opportunities as well there by taking advantage of both ones skills and interests.