It’s never too late to take a different path in life. And when it comes to careers, if you feel you can fare better in another field, you should take the plunge and not be afraid to try something new.
When there’s potential for you to earn better and achieve more, a career change at any point in your life won’t hurt. But it is important to weigh in all pros and cons and also assess your credentials at this level to make the right decision. Here are a few tips for you to make a successful career transition.
1. Think it through
Many times, your impulse to change your field of work is short-lived. It is important to be very sure that you want to change your field rather than just operating on some whims and fancies and end up taking the wrong decision. So before you take the plunge, make sure that you need a career change. You may just need to change your workplace, and that’s the reason you’re thinking of a career change.
2 Examine your skillset
Before you make a career change, make sure you fit the bill. Your skills, qualifications, work experience, areas of interest, talents and career field need to be in sync. Assess yourself through career tests and jot down a list of possible occupations you can go for based on the talents you have. You can also consult a career counsellor who will help you make the right decision.
3 List down the possible occupations you can choose
After you’re done with the self-assessment, make a list of the occupations that fit into the skill set. The initial list will be long, but further narrowing down of credentials and preferences will shorten it. Mostly, the first top ten occupations are fine. Out of these, shortlist the occupations that match best your work ethic and skill set. Then you can go on and explore your options.