If you find yourself unhappy with your current career or job, then you should not be worried. Most people change careers up to five times in their lifetime. The process of changing your career may be stressful, but there are some steps which you can take to ease the transition from one career to the next. These steps include evaluation of your current career, identification of why the career change is warranted, analyzing your career options and modifying your skills and education to meet requirements for success in your new career.
This first step involves evaluating your current career to determine that a change of career is best for you. If your work dissatisfaction is as a result of a short-term problem or event, then a career change may be unwarranted. You can wait until after the short-term problem has passed to evaluate your career satisfaction level. If the dissatisfaction is due to long-term and consistent issues, then a career change may be in order.
Identify reasons for career change
After confirming that the career change is warranted, you then need to identify the reasons for your career change. Determining the factors which contribute to your dissatisfaction with your current career can help you to ultimately eliminate possible career options which may have same job characteristics.
Identification of enjoyable career aspects
It is equally important that you identify the enjoyable aspects of your career. The awareness of these enjoyable aspects can help you narrow the many career options which exist. If for example a dental office manager does not like to handle insurance and client billing but enjoys the interaction with patients face to face, then they should consider a position with patient contact. In such a cases viable career option can be a dental hygienist or a medical assistant.
Consider educational requirements
When you have narrowed down your career options, then you need to consider the skill and educational requirements necessary for you to succeed in the career option you identify in conjunction with your education level and training. Career transition can be smooth and easy to accomplish if your education level and training match with the level required for you to flourish in your new career.
Complete additional training
The last step in your career change is completing any training and educational requirements necessary for eligibility for the new career. An office manager for example who wishes to be a dental hygienist may have to enroll in accredited dental hygiene program and complete the required supervised training before being eligible to be hired as a dental hygienist.
Career change needs to be undertaken with thoughtful analysis of your current career situation and proper planning. It is vital to recognize the enjoyable and distasteful aspects of your current career and identify the training and educational requirements necessary to perform duties relating to your new career.