Learning how to build, maintain or fix a career is a very daunting task. Choosing a career is one thing; succeeding at it is something else. Let’s get right to it. This post walks you through 3 simple and effective ways of making some cool changes to your career that’s right for you.
Some of us come out of the womb knowing what they want to be when they grow up. But most of us are not so blessed and sometimes, we don’t get much help from family. I hope this post helps you in switching your career path.
Work Out your Career Path.
If you planned to make a big move and change careers, you should stop bothering about how much time you have left, but rather, where you should start. You really don’t need all the time and the money in the world to kick off. It’s always easier to make a move when you know where you are going. Start off by establishing where it is you want to be.
When you have a clear picture, it’ll be easier to identify where the gap is between the skills you have, and those you need. Although moving into a new career path may require acquiring a new skill set, you may find that the skills you already have are transferable. Also figure out a realistic time frame to make the transition.
Thereafter, you can devise an action plan to get you a step further to where you want to be in your new found career path. For example, if you are a science teacher and you also want to acquire computer skills and teach ICT (Information and Communication Technology), you can start by getting a desktop computer or laptop for yourself. Enroll in free online courses that offers computer lessons and study at your own pace.
Acquire a New Valuable Skill
If your intention this year is to learn a new skill, you have made a very smart decision. Nothing can actually transform your career better than making a deliberate decision to take up a new, valuable skill. The good news is, there are vast ranges of short online courses available for professionals like you. Plus, you get to take your course from anywhere and at your own pace.
So take the time to investigate what skills you need to make you more valuable. Then, browse through the great number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) on the web to find an array of business, tech, finance and a whole host of short online courses you can do free. And did I mention you will get a certificate to showoff your accomplishment?
Yes, you will get a certificate when you have successfully completed your course, although this might cost.
Rebuild or Establish a Professional Network
One of the advantages of social media is the ability to stay in touch with leaders and experts in your industry. The good thing about staying in-touch with people in your network is that when a new opportunity arises, you’re usually the first person they think of.
More than that, keeping in touch with people in your professional network makes it easier to ask for help when you need it. They will be more open to helping you because you’ve kept in contact. I have not seen a website that does this better than LinkedIn.
So if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, it is time you create one. And please, you should be very meticulous when setting up a profile. If you don’t know how to setup your LinkedIn profile or you don’t have the luxury of time needed to put up an impeccable profile, leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you.
What do you think? Do you have some tips on how to make career changes? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment using the comment form.