7 tips to consider when switching careers

Switching careers can help you find more job satisfaction.

a year ago   •   3 min read

By Hannah Park
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Feeling stuck or dissatisfied in your career? It may be a sign that you need change. Whether it’s finding solutions within your current career or even changing careers entirely, you can take steps to improve your situation.

While the idea of switching careers may seem out of reach, it’s becoming more common for people to find job satisfaction by starting a new career. In the US, the workforce has been experiencing what is being called The Great Resignation. This describes the large percentage of employed people who are quitting their jobs to seek new opportunities.

If you’re considering a career change, we’ve listed seven tips to help you navigate through this journey.

Find out what isn’t working for you

It’s important to look at your current career and reflect on what may be causing dissatisfaction. This can help you figure out what you do want in your next career. Maybe you’re looking for a better salary, more flexibility or more opportunities. There are career options that provide just that, particularly in-demand jobs such as those in web development and cybersecurity.

Look into the job market

By checking job opportunities that are currently available, you can see what opportunities you may have and what career path will help you achieve your personal goals. Read different job descriptions to understand what you’ll work on in the role and what’s expected in this role. Maybe you’ll need to get a new education in the field first.

It’s helpful to know exactly what the requirements are for the career you’ll want to start. From there you can start to plan how you’ll meet those requirements. If more education or experience is needed, you can start checking for different options.

Expand on your interests

Can you turn one of your interests into a career? If you have wanted to learn a new skill or expand on one you already have, think about whether you can use this skill in your career. Coding, for example, may be a hobby you’ve learned on your own. Taking it to the next level by getting professional training can help you start a career as a developer. If you start a new career based on your interests, you will feel connected to your work and find more enjoyment.

Speak to people in different careers

Reach out to people who are working in the jobs you might be interested in. You can learn a lot from their experience in starting their career and what they do in their job. In addition to learning about new careers and hearing about a first hand experience, you can make connections and grow your network. A good way to find these connections is by using Linkedin. Remember to send a professional message when contacting a possible connection and to prepare some questions in advance.

Attend free workshops

While it’s a great way to learn new skills, you can also find out whether the career path is right for you. The bonus is that it’s free! Sign up for different workshops and get a taste to make sure to ask questions. Various schools and specific academies offer free workshops to allow people to try learning a new skill without any commitment. Codaisseur offers free workshops in different tech domains.

Build your education

After finding out what the requirements are for a job and getting a taste from attending free workshops, you may want to dive deeper into the field and prepare yourself to start a new career. Gaining the proper education often requires a greater investment of time and money, but there are also more intensive courses that only take a few weeks. You’ll want to be sure to commit to the education and the career field. Your effort can pay off in your next career!

Think of yourself in 5 years

Before making this decision, you’ll want to think about whether you’ll remain in this career for a long time or want to look for something new again. While your situation in the future may change, it’s good to consider your plans and be certain that you want to invest in the start of a new career.

Already by considering a career switch, you’re making progress on your personal and career development.

Want to learn more about making a career switch?

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