6 Steps to Prepare for a Career Change

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Create a Plan

Sometimes a successful career change may not happen right away. It can take months or even years to find the best job for you.

Don’t rush into anything and jump at the first offer that comes around because one of the biggest mistakes is not making a solid plan and sticking to it.

Come up with an action plan which should include finances, education, training all of these will be essential to your success in your new career.


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Update Your Job Skills

If you’ve been at the same job for a number of years it’s imperative that you brush up on your techniques and skills.

Update your resume to reflect the latest word processing skills, educational endeavors or anything deemed important that can bolster your job prospects.

If your current job offers training or professional development courses, enroll in them.

Polish your interviewing skills. Practice with a friend by conducting a mock interview or practice in front of the mirror.



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Examine the possibilities

Before jumping ship from your previous career, do research into careers you may have overlooked or never known about.

With career tools such as LinkedIn you can browse job profiles and openings, and read articles posted about different careers.


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Experience and Education

While some of your current skills can be transferable to many career fields, such as knowing certain computer programs as well as communication skills, you should gain additional experience to prepare yourself for the perfect job in your new field.

Interning or volunteering is a great way to get additional experience. It may be difficult, but squeezing in some time to intern or shadow someone who is in the field you are interested in might be a good option before you decide to quit your current position (since interning or volunteering usually doesn't compensate you).

It'll give you a sense of what to expect and give you time to consider whether it's a good move for you.


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Financial Assistance

If you have to change careers due to a layoff or termination, apply for unemployment or apply for free money that will not have to be repaid, through grants and scholarships from organizations that provide education and job training.

There are plenty of benefits available for the unemployed from both public and private organizations. Seeking out these organizations and obtaining these resources depends on how proactive you are in applying to these programs.


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Cutback on Expenses

Your income stream will most likely decrease during a career change.

If you have credit cards, decrease or eliminate all purchases on the account.

Give your credit card company a call and let them know of your financial status and negotiate minimal monthly payments with the possibility of lower or no interest charges.

Other expenses that can be reduced can include life insurance or disability insurance.