''For many people a job is more than an income - it's an important part of who we are. So a career transition of any sort is one of the most unsettling experiences you can face in your life.'' - Paul Clitheroe
On the positive side, it gives the individual a sense of satisfaction that he is doing or going to do what he actually wants to. On the other hand, there can be many different obstacles or difficulties that can come in between you getting into a new profession.
Such difficulties include obtaining the related field's training and getting income of an inexperienced professional in the new field of work. However, with some ideas; you can smoothly sail from your old job to a new one.
Note Down your Skills and Capabilities
If you want to change your career path, it is vital to assess what skills you presently possess, that you can use in your new profession. Make a list of all the corporate, behavioral, communication, technical, and analytical skills that you have and consider if they can be used to excel in your new job. Such skills are also known as transferable skills.
Determine the Field you Want to Be In
After you have determined all of your capabilities, simply think of in which field you would be if it was not the present field you are in. Think about your secondary career options.
If you want a change, just because you are not satisfied with your present field, you can surely consider a profession that would give you the utmost job satisfaction. If you are getting into a new profession due to less pay and less prospects of development, you can think of a job which is in demand with a good pay.
Research the Ways of Getting into the New Field
After you find out which career you want to be in, do an exhaustive research to determine ways and methods for getting into that particular field. Make a list of fundamental requirements that are needed in the new job. See if you can use your current skills and capabilities in your new job.
Attend job fairs, career education, and career counseling seminars. If you need to acquire more skills, find out what trainings and certifications you would require. Register for the related training, degree, or certification; and perform well.
Gain Some Experience
Gaining some experience of the tasks to be performed in the prospective field is a better idea to find out if you would really enjoy working in that field. During your current job, try to find opportunities to do tasks that are directly related to those in the new career you are looking forward to.
If you have time, you can even opt for a part-time job to gain some knowledge and understanding about the new career.
Flexibility is The Main Key
If you have made up your mind to change to a different career, it is very essential that you be open and get flexible for the changing process. You would certainly need to do hard work for getting into a different career.
Do not set your mind only on the job you want to do, but also consider other career opportunities related to the job, it does not matter even if it is of a lower position in a company. Remember that in changing professions and being successful, you should be the most flexible to handle all possible situations that come prior to the change.
In changing careers, one significant point to remember is that you should keep advancing your skills and be flexible in whatever circumstances you face in your new profession.