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How Out-Of-The-Box Thinking Will Help During Career Changes

Updated on March 10, 2014

In general, people hate getting stagnated and so, they try to find ways to climb up their career ladder. Nowadays, people do not hesitate to change jobs or even careers.

But before you decide to change to a new career, it is imperative that you should assess your current situation because you should explore the options available to you based only on this evaluation. The following tips may be useful when you decide to look for a career change.

Job Satisfaction

Evaluating the job satisfaction you are now experiencing in your current job is important. So, have a journal for jotting down your reactions to the various situations you face daily in your current job. Since you have already started thinking about a career change, you may be feeling dissatisfied or may be showing negative reactions to a number of situations. But you must be unbiased to find out if your negative or dissatisfied feelings are related to the work you are doing or the environment, policies or culture of the company for which you are currently working.

Assessing Your Interests And Skills

Find out if your interests and skills are rightly addressed in your current job. Sometimes, a little fine-tuning of your attitude may be enough to create a synergistic ambiance that may go well with your interests or skills. If you think it is not possible, you can go ahead and look for other career options.

Find Out The Options Available To You

You need not hesitate to discuss with your close friends or relatives to find out the career alternatives available to you. But the ultimate decision should be yours. You can seek the help of expert counselors also. Internet is good source and if you visit job sites, you can have several ideas about the alternatives that may suit your skills and interests.

Comparative Study

Once you gather details about the options, you should do a comparative study about those ideas. Shortlist a few options and then, do an in-depth study about the shortlisted fields.

Research, Research, Research

Collect as much information as possible on each field you have shortlisted. You can find out the experts in those fields to know their opinions or views about those fields. If you browse the Internet, you may find interviews given by these experts and these interviews may give you a wealth of information about the scope and future of these fields. You can obtain information from your friends, relatives or known people working in those fields also.

Find out if there are any freelance activities related to those fields. You can volunteer to take up freelance work of those companies. But you should clearly tell them that your aim is to learn about those fields. If you tell them that you do not expect any remuneration for your work, they may gladly accept your voluntary services. You will have the benefit of acquiring a good knowledge about the fields. This approach will help you identify the gaps in your knowledge level. You can take up appropriate courses to fill these gaps. Your current job may also provide you with clues to learn a lot about the new career you propose to choose. You can apply some of the vital principles or rules of your current job in your new career also because certain principles are so universal in nature that they may be applicable for any job or career.

A Few More Points

In general, people hesitate to change their careers because they may have the "fear of the unknown." So, they are afraid of obtaining career-change ideas also. Once you decide to change your career, you must do some out-of-the-box thinking for identifying the host of options available to you.

Do not get misguided by job titles. You should rather focus on the key elements or themes of jobs. If you think that you possess the skills related to the key elements of a job, you can explore the possibilities of taking it up.

Another way to choose a career change option is to shorten your list by removing those things that annoy you. Your previous jobs or the current job may guide you to identify them. This approach will help you focus only on those options you may be interested in.

Determine the income you expect to have. Of course, you must equip yourself with the skills and qualifications to deserve that income also. Changing your career is not a small step. Therefore, do not make haste. Take time to consider all the aspects before you make the big decision.

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