CHANGING CAREERS? DON’T BE SCARED – BE SMART. HERE’S HOW.
Switching jobs is one thing – but switching careers? That’s a bit more difficult. Not everybody can make that move, but if it’s better for your family, your lifestyle and you, go for it – just know what you’re getting into. Finding your dream career is tough, but not impossible. Here are some tips to make it happen.
Learn what you’re good at and enjoy – not just what makes the most money.
Fresh-faced 20-somethings oftentimes pursue careers that promise the most bang for their buck. Makes total sense, but it can also make you totally miserable. So figure out what you’re good at and enjoy. No, this isn’t some inspirational “follow your bliss” meme. You should be realistic. Here’s a good example: if you hate your job but love to cook and meet new people, consider opening a catering company. Love writing blogs? There are people who get to do that for a living. Could you be one of them?
Keep the faith
Things will get hard, that’s a given. The easiest thing in the world is to give up. But if you’re compromising on your happiness and long-term career goals, giving up can be the most expensive (personally and professionally) thing you can do to. So even if it seems like your career arc is moving in zig-zags, keep the faith in yourself and your goals. You’re headed in the right direction.
Optimism is the most powerful weapon in the world. Ask anyone who made a career switch and they’ll tell you that staying positive is critical. You should also pair positivity with it’s favorite tag team partner, perseverance. If you ever get down in the dumps or start doubting your decision (it will happen) go back to what made you want to switch careers in the first place. Whether it was practicality or passion, for your family or for yourself, use that mindset as inspiration to keep going.
So if you’re changing careers, your financial situation is probably changing too. Let us help you figure out the not-so-fun details. Contact us!