Smoothing the Transition of Career Change
Many of us will change the direction that our career is going in at some point in our lives. In fact, the likelihood that we will stick to one single field of expertise is lower now, than it’s ever been. That is why it’s so crucial to know how to manage a career change in the most successful way possible.
Use any advantages that come your way.
It’s important to remember that during career change is that it’s totally acceptable for you to use any advantage that you may have earned from your previous role.
One instance of this is that those who have served their country may be eligible for some help in setting up a business that the average citizen would not. In fact, there are finance providers that offer small business loans for veterans with bad credit scores. Something that means it much easier for them to start their own business that it would be otherwise.
Another example of this would be a person that worked in advertising on the copywriting side of things, using their industry contacts to help them secure work after making a career change to dealing with the visual aspects of this field. Just remember to have a long hard think about what advantages you already hold that can help you make your career transition go much more smoothly. You may be surprised with what you come up with!
Prepare for the worst.
Of course, a career change can be a stressful time. Not least because it usually comes with a period of retraining which often means a cut in wages. Therefore, it’s vital that you prepare for this before you actually go through it if you want to make things as easy and smooth as possible on yourself.
This may mean cutting down on your living costs so you can survive on less. Alternatively, many people take a few years in their current positions to save enough to tide them over when they make their career change. After all, having a little nest egg on which to fall back on if things don’t quite go to plan can save you tons of hassle and stress in the long run.
Give yourself some time.
One thing that is essential for a successful and smooth career change is that you give yourself enough time once you have entered your new profession.
After all, it’s unlikely that you will start at the same level that you left your old career at, especially if you have had to go back to square one and retrain, so don’t get discouraged, or be tempted to give up if it takes you awhile to build up your status and position. Otherwise, you could risk wanting to swap back to your old job to make things easier. Something that will put your new career choice in serious jeopardy, and will undoubtedly mean that things will not go smoothly for you.