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Changing Your Career

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Your career is one of the most important things in your life, and changing it is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. You can change your career to your loved career or a stable career in coming years. It’s up to you. Here are some useful information to you before changing your career.

Take a look at the outlook for the employment field of your choice

If you have not joined a job network site, now is the time to do so. Here you can see which jobs are hot and pay the best salaries. You will not want to take a job that you will not enjoy just for the money – this is a big mistake. Be sure to choose a career field that appeals to you – one that you will enjoy when you are considering changing careers.

Find out what skills are needed for this career choice

Every type of career requires certain job skills as well as education. There are some career fields that require more training than education and some that you can enter with as little as 6 months training. Take a look at your employment choices and see what you need to do to enter the career field of your choice. Remember that you are changing careers and not furthering your own career. More of an education in the same field is not required. You may need to totally revamp your education.

Consider teaching

One way that you can change careers is to consider teaching. If you have a four year degree and have been laid off from a business job, consider getting a teaching certificate. There are many school districts desperate for qualified teachers. One of the easiest career changes that you can make is to transfer from the private sector to the public by getting a teaching certification. Jobs in this field offer a decent salary as well as benefits.

Acquire the skills

After you have decided what you want to do, start to acquire the skills. If you are still employed, you can opt to take classes to get your training or education in the evenings or online. In some cases, you can work at your own pace to acquire the skills and education that you need to earn a job in the career field of your choice. Many times, you can get the skills and education you need in a short amount of time so that you can embark on your career change.

Build your resume

Once you are ready to go out and seek a job in your new employment field, you can the build your resume that is geared towards this field. Be sure to use all resume building tips that you can to accent your positive attributes and what you can bring to your new employer. You may want to take some resume building tips from a job network board, especially if it has been a long time since you created a resume for yourself.

When you have all the information you need, you should focus on your career option and work hard to reach it. Always listen to your heart and head to  make a balanced decision. Whatever you do, remember you need to be flexible and devote a lot of time and energy to jump start your efforts. Good luck!