Often there comes a time in one’s career where you feel it is necessary to take the next steps to move up within your current organization or industry or move to an entirely different path. Undoubtedly, this type of career change carries a lot of weight–not just for your professional life but also your personal life.
Here are some tips to ensure your career change will generate long-term success–both personally and professionally:
Research and Reflect
Do your homework. Without adequate knowledge about the specific move you are considering, it is impossible to make an informed decision. Will this career change require you to travel? Does that place a burden on your family or personal life? If the career change may put unneeded stress on your family, then you may find it is not the right fit for you. While the prospect may be appealing, if the reality of the change negatively affects your personal life, it will not promise the longevity you desire.
Additionally, does this career change take you in the direction that fits your goals and values? Taking this into consideration is extremely important. If this change does not take you in the direction of your goals or hold true to your values, you may need to ask yourself what is motivating your desire for this career change. You do not want to find yourself in a situation where you have made the wrong decision and must start back at square one.
Consider Your Brand
As you consider making a career change, take the time to assess your personal brand and update or make changes where necessary. Make sure your personal brand reflects your desire for the career change you are pursuing. Invest time to comment on articles or attending conferences that pertain to your desired career path. This investment will prove beneficial when you take steps to make the career change.
Networking not only can provide you with leads for opportunities, but it can also yield some real feedback about the career you are investigating. Ensure you are authentically networking with people who can add the value and insight needed to ensure this career change is right for you. Remember: Many of the jobs you are pursuing are not posted online, so it is about who you know; therefore, when seeking a career change networking is a critical component of finding your ideal job.