Over the past year, we’ve experienced that nothing is permanent except change. Especially when it comes to job search. At National Able Network, we see job seekers pursuing a change every single day – whether that’s expanding their skillset, improving their interview skills, or even completely changing their career path. Actually, did you know that over the past year (due to the many factors, but especially the pandemic!) thousands of people have changed their career path? Change can be a wonderful thing – if you do your research and prepare. So, if you’ve been thinking about a career change, then this blog is for you!
First and foremost, take a moment to realign with your inner self. Whether you’re currently employed, recently laid off, or have been in job search for quite some time – pause. Think about what’s most important to you. What are your values? What is your personality type? What are your goals? Explore these items and write them down. To get you started, take a look at these six steps to determine your core values, and feel free to take the 16Personalities test. Truly understanding what’s important to you, along with your strengths and weaknesses, will help determine that you do in fact align with your new career path.
Take the time to reflect on your past employment opportunities. Consider questions like: What tasks did I enjoy in this role? What aspects would I adjust? What kinds of projects would I like to explore? Analyze the commonalities and explore what kinds of careers and industries best match the items you’ve identified.
Learn about the careers and industries you’ve identified as potential options. Research to familiarize yourself with the leading employers using LinkedIn, Indeed, and O*Net Online. These resources will help you further understand educational requirements or work experience so that you can best prepare and determine next steps.
Changing careers is a journey, so remember that it will take time. Be patient with yourself, but also be ready to rally on during the tough times. Remind yourself that a fulfilling career waits at the end! Consider working with a Career Coach because they can provide immense value, not just in terms of support, but in terms of guidance and industry knowledge. Set yourself up for success!
If you, or someone you know, is seeking to change careers – we can help! Contact us today by completing this form or calling 855-994-8300.
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