If you’ve been considering a career switch, there’s no better time to get started on your plan than now. If you don’t do anything different, you’ll likely find yourself feeling the same way this time next year. And the truth is that the longer you leave things, the more you can fall into analysis paralysis, lose your confidence and end up struggling to make any change at all.
You only live once… it’s important that you do work that you can be proud of and that you enjoy. Finding the perfect fit can be a challenge, but we’ve compiled a few key pieces of advice to help you move forward, with finding your dream job, this year!
evaluate your job satisfaction and assess your current situation
It’s important that you evaluate job satisfaction with your current role. Think about what you like and dislike about what you do. Consider things like the content of your work, the company culture, and the people you work with so that you can come up with a better idea of what you really want to do. Then assess your personal interests, values, and skills. Take a look at past opportunities that you’ve enjoyed and what it was that made you feel that way.
never stop learning
Is it time to upgrade your skills and knowledge? This is important especially if you’re pursuing a role/industry that is very different from a current or previous role. Look into online msw degrees as a way to gain qualifications and enhance your skills.
Keep in mind though that there are some amazing, cost-effective ways to gain skills without pursuing a degree.
- Look into learning sites like Udemy.
- Learn a new skill through YouTube.
- Start listening to audiobooks and attend seminars or conferences.
consider the alternatives
If you’re sure of what you really want to do just yet, you may need a little help. Consider speaking with a career counselor or if you’re fresh out of college your career center may be a great resource. However, if you’re an experienced worker that are looking for change but need a point in the right direction, try taking a personality or DISC profile test to see which environments you’re more likely to thrive in. Then, use the results to create a career action plan.
volunteer to gain experience and needed skills
Volunteer work can help you to gain skills and experience in the industry you want to work in, as well as look great on your resume.