If you don’t like your current career, who said you have to continue with it? It's your life and you can choose at any time to divert down a different career path. The key, however, is to make the change seamlessly without disrupting your lifestyle too much. Keep the following tips in mind as you embark on your journey toward a brand new career.
When in a tough economy, it is best to hold onto the job you have until you have a new one. If you absolutely hate your current job, let the exciting thoughts of your upcoming opportunities keep you happy and motivated as you continue working for the time being. If your current job offers training or tuition payments so that you can go back to school, it could actually help propel you toward your new career. In any case, you should have at least six months’ worth of expenses saved up if you were to ever go jobless in pursuit of a new career, and even then that is a risky course of action.
Create Two Lists
To get on the path to choosing a new career, start by composing two lists. One list should be your current skill set -- for instance, "good with numbers" or "love to help people." List as many attributes as possible. In the next column, start brainstorming all of the careers that would be perfect for someone with each of those skills. Before long you’ll have a long list of new career choices to consider. You may even find that some of those career choices overlap for two or more of the skills that you listed, so start with those.
Talk to People in Those Jobs
One of the best ways to decide if a career is right for you is to talk to someone who already works in that field. If you have a friend who has a job in one of the careers you’re considering, ask her what she thinks of the work, if she likes it and if she has any suggestions for you. Take notes.
It's best to research the prospects for the new careers you are considering before you invest money or time into the pursuit of a job in that field. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) will provide you with detailed information about each career, including future projections on the demand for workers in each field of work.
Getting started on a new career path is a little scary and a bit intimidating at first, but if you manage to make a successful transition it can be very rewarding.
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The best part-time jobs if you have specific skills
1. Consider the acupuncturist’s skill. If you like alternative healing and have the time to train for a master’s degree in acupuncture, you could pull in around $50,000 a year.
2. Are you great with computer systems in general? You could pull in $40,000 being an IT consultant. You could consult in networking, computer security, data backup and storage and system upgrades.
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