Putting a Finger on Career Transition

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This post is a featured Guest Post written by Tina Jindal, a professional content writer who works on a variety of topics like employment, real estate, and education.  You can contact her @Gmail | LinkedIn | Google+. Enjoy!

Bill Cosby once said that you don’t really reinvent yourself but get better with what you do. True to the very last word, the entire enterprise of career transition is based on evolution and acceptance. A highly daunting process for first timers, changing your line of work at the drop of a hat does not come easily to many. Several individuals begin their career as a source of income, or because that’s the next step in the social progression of life.

Before you decide to jump into the fray and dazzle the world with a multitude of hidden talents, retrospect, research, and think clearly about what you are about to do.

Question Yourself

It is one thing to jump from marketing to sales, and quite another to become a musician from a doctor. There are several parameters and criteria to keep in mind for effective career transition. First and foremost, you need to ask yourself all the right questions:

  • Why don’t I like my current job profile? You don’t want to face the same concerns in your new company; hence, addressing this question is highly important. Issues with organizational policies could remain the same throughout, so don’t think about a career change if this is the reason. However, if reinvention is your idea of escaping current project, co-worker, or manager, then go for it.
  • What are the pros of working in the current industry? Do not let the negatives obscure the positives. Every job profile has its own ensemble of perks which should not be ignored, as you could find yourself with a worse deal in your next profession.
  • How much do I know about the target field? A field which is “cool” by description may not match your temperament at all. Knowing as much as you can about the new profession is vital as it could change the course of your entire life. Read-up, and talk to relevant individuals as much as you can. They can clarify any misleading notions that you may have regarding the target field.
  • Am I passionate enough to make a change? Career shifts motivated solely by money never last. The money eventually finishes and the hunger for more increases. Only if you have a deep-rooted, passionate connection with the new line of work, make the transition. A lack of commitment will leave you pining for the glories of the previous job profile.
  • Do I have the right, transferrable skill set? “I like to sing, but am a bathroom singer.” This notion will never win you any laurels. You need to be able to transfer your current skills to the new position as there won’t be much time or space to develop a fresh set. If there aren’t any convincing connections between your current and would-be job profile, an employer may not be eager to hire you.

Network

After doing an in-depth analysis of what is going through your mind, start talking to anybody and everybody around you who is even remotely related to the target field. Building contacts at an early stage will always yield fruitful results in the end. Almost every individual is connected to many others on LinkedIn these days. Appropriate link building will ensure better opportunities in terms of job acquisition and provide better insights about your targeted job profile as well.

  • Be open to learning and a constructive change in life.
  • Update your social networking profiles regularly as that could open a host of possibilities.
  • Never be intimated by any individual and believe whatever they have to say at face value.
  • Ask as many questions as you want to alleviate any form of doubt or confusion.
  • Make sure you follow-up with your list of contacts as it is very easy to lose connections in this fast paced world of today. Simply adding a name to your friend list is not going to work any miracles in the long run.

Research

Always read-up as much as you can about the new industry or company. Organizational policies are mostly common across verticals but could vary massively from one sector to another. For example working as an HR professional will expose you to a different set of policies as opposed to working as a teacher. Management freshers today prefer working in HR because of the comfortable work culture prevalent in this field. However, if one is to shift from this field to that of journalism, you need to cover all bases when it comes to educating yourself about mass communication.

Make sure you use the internet, newspaper, journals, and magazines to read about the latest scenario in the industry of your choice. There are several pointers about the new company that may come to light when you do so:

  • The salary package may be less than your current job profile.
  • They may not offer international postings.
  • You may get a position way beneath your levels of wisdom and experience.
  • The work environment may be very orthodox.
  • The hierarchy of work flow may not appeal to you at all.

Assess your Skills

It is never easy to transfer the skills attained during an old profession to a new one. In all probability, they might not fit at all. Reflecting on your abilities is very important as it is an essential key towards unlocking your hidden potential.

  • Make a list of the qualities that you already possess.
  • Meticulously list down the skills required for the new job.
  • Draw a comparison, and focus on building the new skills.
  • Never fixate or get stuck on your old skill set.
  • Acknowledge your shortcomings and be open to change.

Conclusion

Daunting it maybe, the process of career transition can be very smooth if you tick the right boxes and proceed systematically. By believing in yourself, never losing hope, and constantly looking for new opportunities, you will not only crack the code of effective job search strategies, but excel at them too. Sometimes, career transition can easily take a toll on your health as the process is rigorous and highly time consuming. However, do not despair. Get your bearings together, project your confidence with élan, and you will surely receive all the motivation and help required to proceed on this perilous journey.

Author Bio: Tina Jindal is a professional content writer who works on a variety of topics like employment, real estate, and education. She has been involved with renowned publications and has tried her hand at editing works on Cookery, Gardening, Pregnancy, and Healthcare. She loves to travel and is crazy about dogs. You can contact her @Gmail | LinkedIn | Google+.

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