Tips on How to Start a New Career

A career change is exciting, but it can be worrisome. A vision and system for starting a new career can make it easier and efficient. If you take time at the beginning to discover what you really want to do in your work life, you can then explore possibilities and move forward.

1. Know what you do best. Make a list of what you enjoy doing and what you doesn’t. They are usually the same things. Don’t think about jobs yet, think about your talents and interests.

2. List your training and experience.

3. Now think about jobs.

4. Narrow the list to a few possible careers — no more than three or four.

5. Learn all you can about your chosen new career. Search the Internet.

  • Check with your local government employment office to learn about job possibilities in your new career. Ask about training programs, too.
  • Interview people in your chosen career. Remember, you’re not asking for a job, you are learning about the career itself. What do successful people like about it? What skills are most important? What is it like?
  • If there is a union, ask the local office for information.

6. Changing your mind? That’s fine, just go back to step 3 or 4 and start over. It will be worth the time in the long run. When you are sure about the career path you want, move on to the next step.

7. Keep your old job if possible.

8. Do you need more training?

No training or classes in your area? Contact the human resources departments in companies that hire in your new career and ask about on-the-job training. It won’t be a job interview, but treat it like one. Put your best foot forward, dress appropriately, take a resume, have questions prepared, talk about your skills and experience.

9. Join a union or professional organization. There are organizations for people in just about any career. One more Internet search can lead you to local or national groups.

10. When you have the skills and training you need, polish your resume, and start your job search.


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