How to handle a career change II (making a switch)

In the proceeding article, we discussed how to know when it’s time for a career change. One major factor, however, that hinders this switch is the uncertainty that surrounds it. Whether or not we would be able to survive, or how soon we would cope without a regular income and so on. So we have put this up to help you make a successful (may not be smooth though) transition. So let’s get started:

1. Have a post-job savings. The moment you realize an absence of love or interest in your current job or career path, start o prepare for the likelihood of a change by setting up a savings account to fall on, perhaps things go south. Set aside a percentage of your income after deducting the necessities for each month’s expenditure as your fall-back savings when you eventually leave.

2. Build networks. After you are sure about the next job industry you want to make a switch to, make conscious efforts to build the needed network in that industry or field. It could be virtual or physical and not necessarily with key players in that industry. Considering going for meetups, bootcamps, asking questions from current players in that field, joining a slack channel or even doing some free jobs. Just build as much network as possible, this will make the transition phase easier than it should have been and it also means you will be well equipped for your job change because you have people you can always ask questions when you encounter challenges in the new field. Also remember to not just take value from people, add substantial value too, regardless of how small.

3. Give yourself a specific time limit and deadline. Set a duration of how long you want to take before applying for a new job or starting that new business. This will help you make good decisions on what training, knowledge or experience you need to gain before hopping into a new boat. It also helps you have a focus of where you are going, hence, you are most likely to hit the goal better.

4. Make Research and pick up needed skills. There are thousands of videos on Youtube, free and paid online courses on Coursera , Udemy, and so on which can be helpful in understanding and gaining the needed knowledge and certification without going back to a physical school.

5. Prepare a resume and elevate your skill. Considering this is a completely new terrain for you, you may find it hard to blend your previous skills to the new job or business, however, some skills are transferable, like soft skills such as communication, empathy, and so on. Do not be shy to include these in your new resume. Make a research on the required skill and find a way to integrate your previous skills into the new requirement.

Also, research on salaries and benefits to make sure you are ready to make a switch. One thing that must be noted here is this, it is important to make a career change for reasons worth it such as passion and desire to learn or make more impact and not for the basis of money and benefits as it will be unwise to switch to something not fulfilling.

Till we meet again, make sure whatsoever you do is profitable!