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Pivoting Your Career Direction

Do you find yourself feeling unsatisfied at work? Do you daydream about quitting your current job and challenging yourself in a new and more fulfilling line of work? Switching career paths is definitely possible, especially if it will make you happier. However, it’s probably not going to be easy. Follow these tips to help ensure your success.

Quit Watching TV

Between brushing up old skills, learning new ones, searching for openings and networking like your life depends on it, you’re going to have a lot on your plate. Every minute you can spare is going to be critical. Do you spend a couple hours each evening watching TV or aimlessly browsing social media? Get ready to spend that time polishing your credentials instead. You don’t have to give up your leisure activities forever, but in the short-term, you’ll be glad you did.

Look Before You Leap

Before you commit to the big change, be sure you’ve picked the right direction. Growing industries are usually a much easier place to find a fresh start than niche or shrinking industries. For example, starting a career that pays well in the technology field is likely going to be much easier than getting off the ground as a studio artist.

Know Your Stuff

Most fields have a knowledge barrier you need to get over before you can begin, even if you’re only applying for entry-level positions. Evening courses at a local university or community college are a great way to overcome this obstacle. If you can’t afford tuition or don’t live near a college, don’t worry—chances are good that you’ll be able to find online education materials that will help you build the skills you’ll need. Stick to courses that have some sort of recognition and will leave you with credentials. That way, you’ll have documentation you can bring up in future interviews.

Get Your Foot in the Door

Learning the necessary skills and knowledge is only half the battle. While you’re studying, you need to find a way to “break in” to your chosen field. It’s a good idea to start building a network of professional contacts as soon as you can. So, you should attend any relevant conventions or industry events that you can find. If you are in a college course, ask your professor if they have any connections they may be willing to share.

Stick to It

Once you’ve decided to make the jump into a new industry, stay committed! Imagine that you’re building up a running start for a great leap. If you hesitate, you’ll lose your momentum and may fall short of your target. Some people may doubt your direction and resolve. While they may have worthwhile advice on occasion, only you know where you’re going. If you can land on your feet, you’ll have more confidence than ever before.

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