How to Change Careers Without Quitting Your Job (Yet)

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    No matter the job, you are likely to encounter colleagues who are so frustrated with office conditions that they want to quit. Perhaps you are also feeling burnt out or frustrated because you are not moving up fast enough in the company hierarchy, so you are also seriously considering changing careers. 

    However, your main dilemma is this: if you do quit your job, you stand to lose your regular income, something you might not be able to afford (especially if you have a family to take care). You also don’t like the idea of going through the whole tedious job search again, not knowing if you will be hired by a good employer or if you will find yourself in the same office culture that you weren’t happy with.

    So, before you decide to change careers, here are some pointers from career experts that you should consider:

    1) Examine Yourself

    The biggest mistake you can ever make is to decide to quit right off the bat. Instead, when you feel calmer and more at peace, take some time off to re-examine yourself and your current situation. Try to honestly answer some of these questions: 

    • What made me decide to pursue a career with this company?
    • What are the things I liked about working with this company?
    • When did I start becoming unhappy? Was it because of someone in the company (a boss or a co-worker)? Or am I unhappy because of my slow advancement?
    • Is there anything that I can personally do to improve my conditions in the company?
    • Am I in the position to takethis bold step to quit my job (for instance, do you children in school, etc.)?
    • Where do I see myself a year from now if I stay with the company?
    • Where do I see myself a year from now if I decide to quit the company?

    2) Discover (and rediscover) Passions

    Try to remember what made you passionate about your career in the first place. Perhaps you crave opportunities to showcase your skills and talents. Maybe you like the idea of working with people who share the same interests and passion as you. Whatever it is that made you enjoy working, find out what it is and apply them to your current work to break the ennui.

    You can also use this time to discover new things. Learn more about the incentives that your company has to offer and what it takes to achieve them. If you can direct your goals toward achieving these incentives, you can find the drive to push for a better career within your company.

    3) Get to Know the Career

    Do some research on the career that you want to pursue and determine what skills you need to acquire. In some cases, your present job has helped you develop a few skills necessary in your new career.

    You may also determine if the company offers seminars and workshops that will help you to develop new skills for your preferred career. Of course, don’t forget to check if your new career of choice has a place in your company. You might not know it but there may only be a few people in the staff who possess the qualifications.

    Needless to say, if you pursue your new career in the same company and there is very little competition, you can find yourself getting that advancement you desire.

    4) Meet People Who Are Already In The Industry You’re Looking To Join

    The best way to know about the career you want to pursue is by meeting people who are already in the profession. Find out what the work entails: be particularly mindful of the work hours especially if you don’t want to see yourself working overtime. Again, discover what skills you need to learn. Ask about prospective companies that offer these jobs and how much they pay individuals in this career.

    5) Learn, Learn, Learn!

     If you are determined to change careers, take advantage of education opportunities. Inquire with your company if they offer workshops or seminars on skills related to your chosen career or if they will be willing to sponsor you for a full education grant.

    6) Convince Them That They Need You “There”

    If you already possess the education and the skills to start off a new career but there are no openings in your company, schedule a meeting with your boss. Through detailed research and explanations, you can explain to him or her why your new career is essential to the company and how it can help boost revenues.

     
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