So, you are ready for a change? Here’s how to make it happen.

There comes a time in most peoples’ lives when they start to think about making major changes.  It could be work, career, lifestyle or relationship related, and no matter how flexible or open to new experiences you are, change is never easy.  I find going through the processes below helpful when trying to figure out which direction I should head in my life, I would love to hear others that have helped you…

When I resigned from my job after my second child was born, it was a whirlwind occurrence that happened along with many other life changing experiences.   I didn’t take  time to think about when I might return to the workforce and whether or not I would return to work in the same industry or role.  I could not foresee where life would take me over the coming years and, when it finally became obvious that I wanted to return to the workforce, I was overwhelmed with the decision of what I would do next.   Along with the uncertainty of how my skills may apply in a changed workforce, my confidence had taken a beating after years of being a stay at home mum and most of all, the industry had changed immensely.
I sought out information and advice from friends as well as professionals and, in the end, I found a career that is truly engaging and enjoyable and most important of all, a great fit for me.  A professional Career Consultant was helpful but expensive and only one piece of the puzzle.  So if you are looking for a place to start, here’s some tips;
  1. Find out your personality type

    There are well known personality tests that many professionals conduct. You can pay for them and discuss your results with a paid consultant, or you could conduct a similar test format on your own, online. Interestingly, I got the exact same result from the one I paid for as the one I completed online for free.  Here’s one if you would like to give it a try,  my-personality-test.com

    The results of this test will give you useful information such as typical strengths and weaknesses of your personality type and how these personality traits can work for or against you in your work and personal relationships.

  2. Make a list of potential careers

    Enter your personality type into any search engine and you will find lots of sites that offer lists of jobs that are likely to match your profile such as personalityjunkie.com

    This is a great start, but the downside with many of these lists (and those generally provided by some career consultants) is that they don’t include some of the newest and most exciting job prospects.

    Search online for the newest & most exciting jobs for the current year.  Jot down any career that sparks your interest. Don’t worry about whether or not it’s not on your personality type list! 100 Best Jobs List may be a good place to start.

    Ask people who know you well what they might see you doing…it was actually my husband who suggested I consider a career as a UX Designer as he knew my personality and previous experience would be a good fit.

    As you go through these processes, make a list of every career that interests you. Don’t worry if the list seems way too long as the next  steps will narrow your options down significantly.

  3. Learn from your past

    Note down your past job experience.
    List the pros and cons of each of these roles.
    Keep these nearby, you need to refer to your answers and how they relate to any new opportunities that you may consider.

  4. Decide what you DON’T want to do

    Now we begin the process of elimination!  Work your way down your list, (yes this bit takes quite a bit of time) but it’s worth it!  Research as much as you can about each of the careers that interest you. One place to start could be joboutlook.gov.au As you work your way through the list;

    Ask yourself what is it that appeals to you about the role?

    Is it the creativity or the flexibility that sounds tempting? Maybe it’s the structure or the reliability? Of course, if there’s nothing you find appealing about a type of career, it should be immediately crossed off your list.

    Check out job sites online

    Is there demand for these jobs? If you decide on this career, what are future job prospects like?

    What are the average earnings? Entry level up to experienced salaries should be noted. Do these salary levels meet your needs and expectations?

    What qualifications or experience do you need?  Will you need to undertake further study?  How long will this take? How much will it cost? Are you willing and able to do this?

    What are the typical working hours? How does that fit with your expectations and responsibilities?

    Consider which companies are looking to employ each type of position? Do they fit with you in regard to values, lifestyle and location?

  5. Talk with people who work in occupations that interest you

    Your list should be shorter after your extensive research.  Now, take the time to contact people who have experience in the roles that you are considering. Find out how they truly feel about their job. Don’t forget to find out how they got to where they are today and how they feel about their future.

  6. Map out your plan

    It is likely that you have narrowed down your choices and are ready to seriously delve into how you will make a change.  Sometimes this change may take years to fully come to fruition so you should start as soon as possible.  5 years to complete a part-time degree may seem a long way off now, but I can promise you, if that’s truly what you want to do that time will fly and before you know it you will be finished and pleased that you took steps to get started all those years ago.

Best of luck!  Let us know how you go?  Maybe you have you already been through a similar journey? I would love to hear your stories!

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