Take The Big Leap! Pursue Your Dream Career
August 23rd, 2012
So many of us are stuck in jobs we don’t like. Every day feels like a drag and work seems boring and monotonous. Yet, very few of us are willing to take the risk and switch to a career that we’ve always dreamt of. After all, there are the benefits of job security and other perks despite all the dullness of our current jobs.
But if the feedback of many career changers is anything to go by, it’s always worth it to give it a shot. Are you scared of making that big change? Here we share a few tips to make it an easy transition for you.
- Know Yourself
Did you say you already do? It’s not as easy as it seems. In fact, knowing your dream career is probably the toughest part of the game. What is it that you really enjoy doing? Can you imagine yourself doing it 8 hours or more every day and coming back home with a smile on your face? Such are the questions you need to think about. And the answers are not always easy. Discovering yourself is the trickiest part when it comes to pursuing your dreams.
- Assess your Financial Situation
Many times, your dream career may not be a very financially rewarding one. Even if it is, you’ll likely start off at entry-level positions, which are not very well-paying in general. See if you can afford to take the financial plunge, by assessing things such as your necessary expenses, number of dependents, etc. A strong financial position gives more room for exploring options, so try to build up your financial position over a few months or years before you make the switch. But beware; never switch to another career for money, always do it for your dreams.
- Create a Plan
Once you’ve decided that you will make a switch towards a career that sparks your passion, it’s time for some planning. Firstly, see what’s the route for getting into that field. Is it a degree or diploma? Check out schools that offer the particular program you are looking for and get into the specifics, such as tuition fees, duration, etc. Do you feel you can’t quit your job yet, but would like to get the entry-level education into the field? Perhaps you can get an online degree in the profession you are pursuing. Chalk out a plan detailing when and how you’d like to do everything.
- Network with Relevant People
This is more important than it is believed to be. Networking with people already in the industry will not only help you get your foot in the door, but can also equip you with invaluable knowledge about the field. There are highs and lows of every career, and while you may have dreamt just of the positives in your dream career, others already in the industry can help create a more realistic picture. Needless to say, you may be meeting your prospective employer at a conference or event related to your dream career!
If you’re able to make the big switch, you are a very lucky person. Of course, the path to your dream career may not be easy; however, the end result is worth all the trouble.