3 things you should do after deciding to change your career

 

There are many reasons for a career change. Some people may consider it because they find no meaning in their current work, others can’t cope with the stressful nature of their current industry or simply the desire to do something completely different. For me, I am actually happy with my job as a middle level executive at MNC’s company. I have enough experience to move up the ladder and I am paid well enough to afford my lifestyle. However, there is this unsettling feeling deep in my heart that I am not doing what I am supposed to do, which is to chase my dream as a travel writer. I know some of you may feel the same way too.

Considering the situation, I decided to ask my friend, Miss Joyce who has made a successful career transition as an entrepreneur. She was 30 years old at the time she made the decision and she was working as an electrical engineer. She offered me 3 tips at our hang out session while I was sipping a cup of Cappuccino at one of the cafes in Tai Seng.
 

Discover Your Passion

She definitely emphasized this part. According to her, we need to let go of the negative thoughts that are shrouding our head like terrible bosses or overwhelming responsibilities at work and focus on the task to discover or rediscover our passion. We can start by listing out the things we love and enjoy to do, identify the skills that come naturally to us, recall the activities that energizes us or simply by asking, ‘if there’s one job you want to do for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 

Networking

Her second tips revolves around utilising existing connection to make new ones. She said we can start by asking our friends, family and acquaintances who probably has a deeper knowledge about the subject of our passion or perhaps they knew someone who does. Grow our connection from there, gain new perspectives about our passion, understand the risks and what it’s going to take to get there, and possibly find someone who can guide us through our transition. We can also find like-minded people and probably making the same decision as we are through online forums and websites. Most importantly, we need to make our research, understand the setbacks and be prepared physically and emotionally.

 

Draw an action plan and get the job!

Once we’re ready, it’s time to create an action plan. She told me that by this time we should already know what we want, we made the right connection and know what is require of us to achieve our goal. Just like any project, we need to have a start and an end date but unlike other project, this is our own project and the pace and milestones are solely up to us. We can start the plan by outlining major milestones. For example, courses we may need to take, skills we need to acquire, handing over tasks at current job, getting part time job to gain experience and telling our loved ones about our plans.

Ultimately, I think that there is no right way or wrong way for a career transition and this may be the general rules. You may face challenges you did not expect and you may even fail halfway through your journey but don’t give up. There’s a reason why you consider for a change of a career in the first place and I believe that at the end of the day, it’s going to be worth it.

 

 

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