December 21, 2022
Are you feeling the burn lately with your current job? Burnout is all too common, and the consequences are a lack of productivity and passion for what you do. You might find it difficult to get started in the morning and even more difficult to focus during the workday. You might also find yourself with a shorter temper than usual due to job frustration and lack of energy. But it’s all OK—you have opportunities to change your job or even switch your career path.
How to get started with a job or career change
It just takes a shift in your thinking… then it’s time to take action with the following steps:
Mentally prepare for risk.
Making any big change does come with a degree of risk—you might not like where you land, for example, or a change might take more work than you bargained for. However, moving forward requires you to take risks, rather than staying put in the comfort of your present situation. Embrace the unknown and all the wonderful possibilities ahead of you. Determine how much risk you’re comfortable with taking, and how you will likely respond when faced with risk. Understanding this about yourself will help you decide how big of a change you’re willing to make and how to handle your emotional response to risks you face.
Contact your connections.
It can help to talk to other professionals when deciding to make a career change. If you want to stay with your current company but move into another department or role, talk to people in that department about responsibilities and what it will take to make a move. If you want to change career paths and move to another industry, talk to people in that industry or someone who has made a big career leap. What training or education would you need? Where can you learn more? It’s always valuable to ask questions and gather the information you need to make a choice.
Review your skills.
Depending on the size of your move, you’ll need to make sure you have the skills and knowledge it takes to get to the next point in your journey. Some of your skills may transfer over, and others you may be able to learn on the job. Also, you might require additional education and training. Think about how your current skills could map over to a new job, including soft skills. Then, make a plan for any knowledge you may need to learn before you make the jump. Don’t make the mistake of overpreparing. If you’re really not sure, talk to someone in the department or industry to learn more.
If you feel you’re ready to explore your career options, or even if you’re unsure where to start—it helps to talk to a recruiter. And Inter-Connect can help! Contact us today to get on the path toward your future.